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16 Health Benefits of Lemons

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How to pick a good lemon:

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar, thus thick-skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and fewer minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely-grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow; the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
  • Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will not be a vibrant yellow.
  • Lemons stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about seven to 10 days; or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks.

How to use lemons:

  • “When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of distilled water and drink twice daily.” –Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden
  • A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and color to a room for days.
  • Alkalize with lemon water.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups and stews.
  • Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the amount of juice.
  • Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the freezer.
  • Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies and in vegetables.
  • Finally…try a Lemon Facial Cleanser …as recommended by Dr. Oz.

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice and let the world wonder how you did it.”  –Tori Truax

Next page: Cautions in Using Lemons, plus Zesty Recipes

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:32AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks

10:11AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Lemony

9:08PM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

9:47AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Let's hear it for lemons!

10:53AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Great information.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Going to buy a big bag of lemons today!

7:42AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Thanks. It's good to know that lemons are so good for you. I've picked about 120 lemons off my tree in the last few days. Now I know what good they do I'll make an effort to use them as much as possible.

4:23AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Ty

10:44AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

This was great, i love lemons :) thanks

11:25AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Thanks for the great info!!!!

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