Lemon juice is a versatile product useful properties of which are praised by doctors, diet specialists, cooks, and cosmetologists.
Fresh citrus beverages are becoming incredibly popular among people sticking to healthy eating. One of its variations is lemon juice – it is very useful. However, when taken incorrectly, it can do more harm than good. That’s why we need to take a closer look at this product and find out how it can help you improve your health.
Useful properties of lemon juice:
- natural antiseptic;
- neutralizes poison after insect or snake bites;
- heals cold, flu, and sore throat;
- can be used to prevent the development of cancer;
- has a positive impact on the urinary organs;
- makes up for bile removal, cleanses the liver and kidneys;
- widely used in cosmetology to treat acne and wrinkles;
- saturates us with vitamin C;
- prescribed by doctors for treating hepatitis;
- boosts metabolism;
- contributes to weight loss;
- strengthens the nervous system;
- disinfects purulent wounds;
- eliminates headaches and decreases migraine frequency;
- boosts the immune system;
- helps the body to resist cold.
What is lemon juice good for?
Lemon juice is rich in Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) that boosts the immune system. Drinking it during flu epidemic is very beneficial for increasing protective powers of your body. Fresh lemon juice diluted by water will relieve the symptoms of cold, reduce fever, and eliminate asthma and sore throat. It’s efficient for treating dry and mucous cough.
If the juice is drunk in moderate doses, you can improve memory and vision, increase physical endurance. The juice helps to relieve outcomes of stress, cheers you up and decreases fatigue.
Lemon juice is widely used for teeth bleaching and disinfection of oral cavity. It prevents dental bleeding and reduces the risk of tooth decay. Besides, the beverage helps people to lose weight as it triggers faster food digestion and boosts blood circulation.
Fresh juice has a positive influence on blood vessels making its walls strong and elastic. It strengthens cell membranes, cleanses the vascular system, and normalizes blood pressure when it’s low. This product is perfect for prophylactics of heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.
Lemon juice is useful for face skin. Just soak a sponge in the juice and process the area with wrinkles, pigment spots, and freckles. It’s better to combine drinking the juice and using it in cosmetic procedures. It evens skin color and creates a healthy blush.
Lemon juice is a natural diuretic agent. Besides, it boosts the immune system and makes up for a normal acid-base balance. Such beverage can cleanse the blood from uric acid and its salts. The juice helps to get rid of extra pounds.
Pectin contained in lemon juice is responsible for carbohydrate metabolism. It doesn’t let sugar carbohydrates be absorbed in blood too quickly and sustains the optimal level of sugar. People suffering from diabetes praise lemon juice for that.
Lemon juice can be taken or used externally. When drunk, it is diluted by warm water, olive oil, added to tea, used to make infusions and cocktails with other fruit juices and honey. Lemon juice becomes more useful when combined with sprouted wheat kernels and carrot juice.
Drinking on an empty stomach
If there are no contraindications and allergic reactions, fresh lemon juice diluted with warm water (not boiling water – it destroys Vitamin C) is recommended to be drunk in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast. It adds energy just like coffee, helps your body to wake up and get charged, improves working capacity and vitality. If you’re going to drink it once-twice a day, you need to mix the juice of 1/2 of lemon with half of glass of pure warm water. Overweight people can increase the concentration of lemon juice.
Such drink improves digestion, cleanses the body from toxins. The juice stimulates liver function – it triggers the generation of bile acids that are essential for normal work of the intestinal system. Regular use of lemon juice helps to deal with heartburn and constipation. Besides, it decreases gas and dissolves the stones in the gallbladder.
However, such beverage is contra-indicated to patients with gastritis, ulcers of gastroenteric tract, acute and chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory diseases of the intestine and huge stones in kidneys and gallbladder. It can also cause allergy.
If you want to cleanse and strengthen heart vessels, prevent heart attacks and strokes, use the following recipe: mix 1 big and finely cut head of garlic with the juice of 1 lemon, add 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 glass of boiling water. Let this mixture stay 1-2 days in a dark place, filter it, and take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.
Treatment of skin diseases
Pure and fresh lemon juice is widely used to deal with dermatological problems. To treat bed sores and venous stasis ulcers, the following medication should be used: mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 100 ml of aloe juice, and 100 ml of glycerin. This mixture should be stored in a fridge and used as a compress put on the affected spot.
Lemon juice slows down cell aging process, protects them against oxidative stress, restores lipid protection of skin, whitens pigment cells and freckles, saturates the skin with nutrients and evens small wrinkles.
But the useful properties of lemon juice are not confined by that. It also normalizes salt-water and carbohydrate balance, improves skin complexion, normalizes body temperature. Besides, the product can neutralize the poison of spiders, bees, and scorpions.
The harm of lemon juice and contraindications
Lemon juice must be diluted with clean water (not boiling) or other fruit juices.
Due to a high concentration of lemon acid, a person using the juice can face: allergic reactions, high ph index, pains, spasms, and cramps; exacerbation of gastric or intestinal ulcer; pancreatic gland diseases; diarrhea; damage of tooth enamel.
To avoid these complications, you should start using the juice in small portions, diluted, and gradually increase it to the required dose.
People with gastrointestinal diseases are not recommended to drink lemon juice. To decrease the laxative properties, the juice can be taken with honey or sugar.