The Power of Lemon

The Power of Lemon

This is the first Food/Fundamental post, and I plan to have of these “The Power of…” post which will focus on the power of foods and herbs and things that can aid in improving your health and beauty.

This first post will be on The Power of Lemon in health and beauty. Hopefully with these tips you will add lemon to your every time grocery list.

 

The Power of Lemon in Health

Now in this section I’m going to focus on the effectiveness of Lemon Water.

There are many, many benefits of lemon water, but I will name a few.

  • It increases Vitamin C which improves your immune system
  • It improves your colon or gut health and is a pretty strong antibacterial
  • Drinking warm lemon water in the morning can help flush out toxins, but brush your teeth afterwards because the acid can erode your teeth
  • It aids in digestion so drink some water with lemon with your meal
  • It helps cure the common cold
  • It helps reduce pain and inflammation is your joints and knees, because it dissolves uric acid, which causes inflammation in your joints and knees, especially in gout.
  • It has a lot of benefits for your skin, as water does alone, but it helps fight the formation of wrinkles and acne.
  • Lemon water can also be used to help replenish electrolytes after a hard workout so you could possibly skip out on the Gatorade or PowerAde, except the fact that is has different flavors.

All above from: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/cheers-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water

There are so many benefits to lemon water, and fruit infused water in general. In the future we will discuss the benefits of different fruit and herbal infused waters.

So I encourage you to start your day out with some warm lemon water, make sure you rinse your mouth and brush afterwards. Also, I encourage you to consume more water through the day.

The Power of Lemon in Beauty

Teeth Whitener  – you can mix lemon juice and baking soda together and use a cotton swab to apply to the teeth. DO NOT leave the paste on for more than 1 minute, because there is a thing as too much of a good thing. The acid from lemon can erode your teeth enamel if left on for too long. Use a cotton swab to wipe off saliva off teeth, apply the mixture for no more than 1 minute, and then gently brush off with a toothbrush (http://www.doctoroz.com/article/natural-teeth-whitening-solutions)

Nail Strengthener – lemon juice along with olive oil can be a good nail strengthener and nail whitener. Add a 3 tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. to lemon juice together in a bowl. Warm the mixture in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Stir mixture with a spoon, and use a cotton swab to add to cuticles, entire nail, and under nail. Place cotton gloves on over night to keep the mixture from getting on the sheets.  Apply the mixture every evening before bed, until desired results (http://www.livestrong.com/article/186727-homemade-nail-strengthener/)

Dry Scalp Remedy – mix coconut oil with two tablespoons of grapefruit juice and fresh squeezed lemon. Wet your hair and then massage the mixture on your scalp and then wrap your head with a hot towel. Let it stand for 15 minutes, and then shampoo as usual.  (http://www.ihomeremedy.net/5-best-natural-home-remedies-for-dry-scalp-and-dandruff/)

These are just few of the ways lemon can be used in your health routine; you can checkout other uses at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/lemon-beauty-benefits_n_3743905.html

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/uses-for-lemons

 

Disclaimer: These suggestions are no actual, official medical opinion. All remedies can have different effects on anyone. I am in no way responsible for your use of these suggestions. You follow them at your own risk; I always suggest that you talk to your preferred medical provider before trying any new remedies.

 

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Family Nurse Practitioner pursuing a life of research and education by earning my PhD in Nursing. Alabama born and raised. UAB Alum. UAB Grad Student.

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