The magic of lemons

We use lemons regularly in daily life…but do we really know how to put them to best use? I recently read an article on lemons and it made me think about how much more they can do for my health.

Like most people, I use a squeeze of lemon juice in things like tea, baking and cooking. I even try to have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice in the morning. I do this as it flushes toxins – as well as being a lovely start to the day!

When I read about using the ENTIRE lemon I was more than a little surprised. A new study suggests that the crust of a lemon (or the rind/peel) contains FIVE TIMES MORE vitamins than the lemon juice itself. FIVE TIMES!

This article suggested freezing the lemon (either whole or after slicing) and then grating the frozen lemon into cooking and baking.

What a great idea!

We all know about the many benefits of lemon juice (maintaining pH balance, aiding digestion…the list goes on). However, I wanted to explore the lesser-known area regarding the benefits of lemon peel.

After doing some further reading I realised that lemon peel has some incredible health benefits, including:

  • Helping fight cancer
    • Lemon peel contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which help to fight cancerous cells.
  • Decreasing cholesterol and improving heart health
    • The polyphenol flavonoids in the peel help to reduce cholesterol, leading to a healthier heart. In addition, the potassium helps maintain blood pressure levels.
  • Improving bone health
    • Lemon peel contains calcium, which is essential for bone health.
  • Aiding immunity and digestion
    • The vitamin C found in lemon has long been known to help fight off infections. In addition, the fiber found in the peel helps with digestion.
  • Improving oral health
    • The citric acid in the peel (as well as the vitamin C) helps to stave off gum problems like gingivitis and bleeding gums.
  • Helping your metabolism and weight
    • The pectin found in lemon peel has long been known to help reduce weight as it helps prevent your body from absorbing excessive quantities of sugar. (This is really great to know!)

How can I incorporate the lemon peel into my diet?

My hubby Frank preserves organic lemons each year

My hubby Frank preserves organic lemons each year

Here are a few ways you can use the entire lemon.

Please note – It is SO important to go organic and only use organic lemons. We don’t want to be eating any nasty chemicals!

  • Add lemon zest to your salad, steamed vegetables, chicken, soup, baked dishes or deserts – the list is endless!
  • Make lemon pepper
  • Grate the peel and add it to a cup of tea
  • Juice the peel – though you will need to ensure your juicer is powerful enough to handle this
  • Preserved lemons – use the salted peel in middle eastern dishes. Frank is working on a very special project where he will be sharing his intuitive recipes. Stay tuned.

Why not start TODAY using more lemons and improve your health!

 


JulieLewin-greyjacketJulie Lewin – a world renowned Medical Intuitive started her journey in the art of intuition in 1984. She appeared in four episodes of the TV show “The Extraordinary” which was syndicated to 22 countries.  She’s a published author, Amazon #1 Bestseller and has a Bachelor in Metaphysical Science. Julie won the Our Internet Secrets Business Builder Award 2013, has founded a charity, and teaches her healing modality.