It appears, lemons are not just for lemonade! Lemons have a barrage of uses and benefits from beauty regimes, cleaning products, cooking, to fighting infections. Lemons are also a very powerful agent in fat loss. It’s the citric acid in lemons (containing the highest amount of any other fruit) that make them such a powerhouse among fruits. One of the reasons we hold on to extra body fat is related to a poor functioning digestive system.
Poor digestion is a very common problem with most people and is often caused by an inconsistent diet, meaning, a diet lacking in certain nutrients. Those that follow different types of diet trends can aggravate digestive problems by restricting certain essential nutrients that the body needs to burn fat. Without the proper nutrients, digestion slows down which, in turn, slows down your metabolism and makes fat loss impossible. When the body is not receiving proper nutrients, it triggers a craving for these nutrients making you feel hungry when in actuality, you are not.
How can lemons help this? It’s amazing what this little fruit can actually do! Most people eat foods that create an acidic environment in the body, which leads to all sorts of digestive and health problems. Ironically, lemons (even though they are high in citric acid) have an alkalizing or neutralizing effect in the body. The benefits stem from this alkalizing effect.
Why You Need Lemons
- Lemons help purify the liver by removing toxins. When there’s a build up of toxins in your body, it can result in feeling sluggish, bloated, and depressed. Toxins in the body also hold on to fat, so in order to lose the fat, you need to flush out the toxins. The added benefit of clearing toxic waste is a clear and glowing complexion! Add a wedge of lemon to your glass of water.
- A great weight loss aid! The peel of the lemon contains pectin which is a great source of fiber. Pectin helps slow down sugar absorption in the stomach which helps keep hunger cravings at bay, for up to 4 hours! A great way to get pectin in your diet: grate some lemon zest on your salad or in your pasta sauce.
- Can relieve digestive problems. According to The Lemon Juice Diet, drinking warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning will stimulate the digestive system and have revitalizing effect on the liver. It can relieve digestive problems such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and parasites.
- Helps heighten immunity. Lemons contain Vitamin C which helps to prevent and treat different types of infections, allergies, and symptoms of asthma.