Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of folate, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium. Whole lemons contain a wide range of health-benefitting bioflavonoids. Limonene is one. It can help to dissolve gallstones and has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Flavonoids like hesperidin, quercetin and rutin help to strengthen the capillaries and damp down allergic reactions.
Lemons help to balance the body’s pH. When the body is too acidic (from a poor diet, poor toxin removal or poor breathing for example) it does not function well. Although lemons are sharply acidic, once in the body they have an alkalizing effect due to their high potassium content.
Lemons encourage detoxification. They benefit the liver and stimulate bile production, helping to flush toxins from the liver. They help to flush toxins from the kidneys too. Their diuretic effect can help to reduce fluid retention, which is often the result of dehydration combined with poor toxin clearance. Also a great breath freshener. Garlic breath? Suck on a lemon wedge!
Lemons are good for your immune system. They have an antiseptic and anti-bacterial effect. Try gargling with water, lemon juice and sea salt to heal a sore throat. They can also help to cut through mucous and catarrh too.
Lemons are good for your digestion. Drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice before or after a meal to stimulate digestion and the production of bile, which is necessary for the digestion of fats. Give it a try if you suffer from bloating, gas or indigestion.
Lemons are good for your skin. Want to look younger? By stimulating detoxification, boosting antioxidants and helping to reduce inflammation lemons help the cells to cleanse and rejuvenate. Vitamin C is needed for the collagen that keeps skin elastic and free of wrinkles. Lemon flavonoids help to strengthen the capillaries and protect against broken blood vessels and varicose veins.
Start the day well with a cup of warm water and lemon juice and perhaps a pinch of Himalayan Rock Salt.

Don’t forget the pith and peel. Citrus bioflavonoids are concentrated in the pith and peel. Blend a quarter of a lemon into your smoothie, pith and peel – no pips, and organic and non-waxed of course.

Have a glass of warm water and lemon juice before or after meals to promote good digestion.

Mix with green tea for doubly-good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Lemon and Olive Oil Liver Flush. If you have a high-speed blender, blend ½ organic non-waxed lemon with pith and peel; segments and pith of ½ grapefruit; clove of garlic (if you’re not going anywhere) and 1 tablespoon olive oil; otherwise just mix the juices and oil. Drink first thing on an empty stomach. Just stick to olive oil and lemon salad dressing if that’s too much to stomach.
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