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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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1:01PM PDT on May 21, 2015

Not a fan of lemons.

2:13PM PDT on Apr 3, 2015

Lemons good for many things

2:13PM PDT on Apr 3, 2015

Lemons good for many things

4:58PM PDT on Mar 31, 2015

Loving the Lemons

11:33AM PDT on Mar 24, 2015

Lemons have always been too sour for me. Yuck., I'll pass.

7:28PM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

ty

11:39AM PDT on Mar 22, 2015

Thanks

2:34AM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Live long and prosper!

3:34PM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Lemon juice seem to be good for many things, that's great, but suppose one wants to use lemon juice for weight loss, and suffers from low blood pressure, what happens then? How will it affect the low blood pressure issue?

12:31AM PST on Dec 27, 2014

Ty

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