Lemons are a versatile citrus fruit with a refreshing flavour that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.

Lemons are a versatile citrus fruit with a refreshing flavour that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.

At times, most adults go through a rough patch that seems almost unbearable. We are not sure if we can cope with even an ounce more of stress. When this happens, more often than not, a friend will say “whenever life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It is true that a well-made glass of lemonade is refreshing, relaxing and provides the ultimate relief on a hot summer day, but is there something wrong with lemons? It seems so bad when they say it like that. I don’t want lemons after hearing that quote.  So let’s look into the truth about lemons.

 

Lemons are yellow with a semi-thick outer peel (similar to oranges). When cut, it reveals pulps that are filled with bitter and sour juice. Ancient Egyptians used to drink the lemon juice or eat the lemon for protection against poison. Research has confirmed these myths and further shown that lemons are excellent weight loss aids. This is largely because the lemon’s citric juice boosts digestion and cleanses the liver. In fact, science has shown that lemon flavoured water curbs the appetite, therefore enhancing the weight loss results to be seen.  

 

 
In addition to possessing properties that are favorable to weight loss, drinking lemon water also ensures that some of the toxins in your body are cleaned out, promotes quick bursts of energy and even cleans out some of your internal waste. If you drink lemon water in the morning especially, it will help to activate your body’s detoxifying process and also its natural cleansing process. This principle works proportionally, so the more lemon water you drink, the more you ought to speed up weight loss.

 

 
Lemons can also save us thousands of dollars in visits to the doctor and from purchasing skin products for acne. Research has repeatedly shown that the citric juice in lemons provide admirable results as it relates to relief and prevention of acne on the skin. It only requires daily application to the affected areas and in the short term the desired results will be realized.

 

 
Also, lemons are good for reducing the symptoms of the fever, cold or flu; provide relief from anxiety or insomnia – it produces a soothing effect in the body; eradicate eczema skin symptoms; freshen breath (great for persons with chronic halitosis) and reduce blood pressure symptoms.

 

 
So, when persons are saying to someone in a difficult situation “whenever life gives you lemons, make lemonade” they are not telling us that lemons are unwanted or even bad, they just mean that the situations with the most unpleasant characteristics (bitter and sour) actually are filled with benefits, so stick it out and make the best of it. I think I will be making more lemonade from now on.  I am looking forward to the lemons in life if they offer these incomparable advantages.

 

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