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“When life gives you lemons; make lemonade.”
We’ve all heard that cliché saying, but have you ever wondered what else lemons can do? You know, besides make lemonade? There are literally dozens of other things you can do with lemons. For instance, many people don’t know that lemons have a myriad of health benefits. Just think, those beautiful oval- shaped summer lemons dangling from the tree in your backyard can actually have a positive effect on your body in several different ways. They are packed with tons of minerals and nutrients.
You might reckon our small obsession with lemons may have something to do with the current celebration of National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (January 17th-24th), but we’re also lemon-crazy due to winter being the perfect harvesting time for the citrus family! Orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit groves are abloom all across the nation during the months of November all the way through March.
Join us as we take a look into the benefits of lemons and how they help us stay healthy!
Not just a household cleaner…
Lemons can have a diuretic effect on the body, serving as a natural way to cleanse your system of unwanted materials. The citric acid found in lemons aids in regulating your body’s enzymes, allowing toxins to be effectively flushed out. This aids in weight loss too. Also, lemons are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C contains antioxidants and antioxidants kill free radical cells, which cause cancers and damage to blood vessels.
Coming down with a common cold or the flu?
Well, lemons can be of great help. It can relieve cold and flu symptoms such as: sore throats, fevers, and respiratory issues. Since lemons are high in both Vitamin C and potassium, they can also boost your immune system. While Vitamin C can ward off colds, potassium stimulates healthy brain and nerve function which keep your blood pressure under control.
Wake up and energize!
Sometimes getting up in the morning can be rough. Guess what? Lemons can easily remedy that, because they are a great natural energizer. Just a few slices of lemon can hydrate your body and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go on with your day. Additionally, lemons can have a great effect on your physical appearance. The vitamin C found in lemons reduces wrinkles, gets rid of blemishes and evens out your skin tone creating a youthful complexion.
Let’s make some lemonade!
We have discussed several of the health benefits lemons contain, so what are the different ways we can take them in? Well, lemon water is one of the most popular ways of consuming lemons. You can take a glass of ice cold water and drop in just a few lemon slices. We recommend the Citrus and Fruit Peeler to quickly battle the tough skin and get perfect lemon slices every time.
Having the right tools will help you get the best out of your lemons! Using an incredible Freshforce Citrus Juicer not only will you get the health benefits of lemons, but you’ll also enjoy the great taste. Use this easy squeezer to add lemon to all your favorite foods and dressings.
Make your own simple lemonade at home with a small professional juicer, like the Chef’n Juicester. It is portable, compact and easy to use. It makes a great addition to any kitchen and makes a perfect gift for citrus lovers.
To spice things up you can add lemon juice to a glass of vodka or your favorite cocktail.
With cool shooters you can create a shot glass made of ice! Now just add a little lemon juice to the ice tray and top with your favorite spirit for a sweet n’ sour good time!
Adding slices of lemon to a pitcher of iced tea can be refreshing on a hot summer day. You can also take both lemon and cucumbers slices and add it to a pitcher of water and create your own spa water. Yes, there are many different ways you can enjoy lemons while creating a healthy and strong body!
What are your favorite ways to use your lemons? We’d love to hear your recipes!