It’s citrus season, and I love lemons! I use lemon juice/pulp nearly every day in tea, water and in various dishes. The juice is also great on salads. And sometimes, I will just eat a slice (see note below).
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, flavonoids, potassium, folate, magnesium, as well as other minerals like calcium and copper. (Many of these nutrients help to enhance immune function.) Lemons are also high in fiber and super low in sodium. Also, to clear up a misconception, even though lemons are acidic, the citric acid becomes alkaline after it has been metabolized in your gut. This is because of the minerals.
Some studies have even shown that lemon juice can help to prevent kidney stones, by diluting and increasing urine volume.
As you may know, there are many other external uses for lemons, which include cleaning solutions, vegetable washing sprays and as an air freshener. And since lemons are antibacterial/antifungal, the juice has been shown to be a good cleanser for your skin! (Only leave on your skin for a couple of minutes, then rinse. And if you have sensitive skin, or any skin condition, it’s best to avoid contact, or consult with your doctor first.)
I urge to to keep a couple of organic lemons (or at least a squeeze bottle of organic juice) around at all times. And keep in mind, lemon slices can be easily frozen and stored in an air-tight container for later, out-of-season use!
Lemons really do your body and your household good!
Note: I only consume the zest (skin) when I know the lemon is organic–pesticide free. Also, the citric acid can be hard on your tooth enamel, so if you suck on, or eat a slice of lemon, it’s a good idea to rinse with water afterwards, and do not brush for a while, as your tooth enamel may be temporarily softened.