When Life Gives You LemonsBy Nonna Joann • Jun 12th, 2012 • Category: Kid-Friendly Drinks
Besides being summer’s most refreshing drink, lemons have an interesting history. Sailors on long sea journeys often developed scurvy, which results from a vitamin C deficiency. When the sailors consumed lemons and limes they’d stay healthy. English sailors earned the nickname “limey” from eating citrus on the high sea. Not only are lemons high in C, but potassium and vitamin B1 as well.
Lemons act as a blood purifier and improve the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. Because of its alkaline ash, lemons help with digestion and help prevent undigested food from entering the blood stream, as in acid reflux. Lemon water will help prevent bloating, belching, and heartburn. Lemon water also neutralizes an acid stomach and is a remedy for morning sickness.
Ben never heard about the benefits of lemons.
Lemons help detoxify your liver and are a liver stimulant. Lemon is excellent in fighting disease that’s related to infection. Lemons help eliminate toxins through the skin, this makes the lemon helpful in reducing a fever. Lemon juice is also an effective germicide and is helpful in fighting the flu. A flu remedy can be made by mixing lemon with herbal tea. The use of lemon juice alone said to be capable of defeating at least twenty different types of germs in the human body. Lemons are also good for the skin.
Lemon’s Tangy Flavor
Lemon juice is often used to give food flavor; it’s poured over fruit to prevent discoloration. Lemons tangy flavor make it the perfect summer drink. Make your own lemonade with fresh lemons and replace the white sugar with honey, agave nectar, or Stevia.
Lemons in the Kitchen
When purchasing lemons look for lemons with a bright yellow color and with no blemishes. A sweet lemon will be heavy for its size. Lemons may be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks and in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. One lemon contains about 3 tablespoons of juice and 3 teaspoons of grated peel. To squeeze the most juice from a lemon, use at room temperature. Roll the lemon on the counter-top with the palm of your hand before squeezing this will help release its juices.
Use the Whole Lemon
You can get more nutrients out of your food! Use ALL of the lemon. Wash and then freeze an ORGANIC lemon. If it’s organic, then there won’t be any pesticides on the lemon peel. Once the lemon is frozen, grated the entire lemon: peel and all. Sprinkle it on salads (add it to salad dressings), vegetables, fish dishes and noodles, into soups, rice and casseroles. The lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the juice!
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