Lemon juice tastes wonderful and lowers the risk of disease. In this case, sour is not only fun but also healthy!
Lemon juice: Good healing properties for colds
Whether as a refreshing drink or as a sour component in all kinds of dishes: the delicious lemon juice is used in particular in the kitchen. In addition, lemon juice has long had a permanent place in traditional folk medicine due to its healing effects. An elixir of lemon juice and raw honey – mixed in equal parts – clears the respiratory tract, and the so-called “hot lemon” is often used to treat colds.
Whether the hot drink made of water, lemon juice, and honey help to prevent infections are controversial according to science. What is certain, however, is that the hot lemon strengthens the immune system, can help to get well again more quickly, and also has a positive effect on the course of the disease, which was confirmed by a study at the University of Helsinki.
When preparing the hot lemon, it is particularly important that only the water is heated to around 60 degrees Celsius and the lemon juice is only added afterward so that heat-sensitive substances such as vitamin C are not or only slightly affected.
Against urinary stones, bloating and dementia
The sour taste of lemon juice is due in particular to the citric acid it contains, but also to the ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Both substances have an antioxidant effect and work against bacteria and inflammation. There is already evidence that the natural citric acid in lemons protects the liver and counteracts dementia diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
A study with 30 subjects at the Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital in Istanbul also showed that fresh lemon juice (85 milliliters daily) is a good alternative to treat urinary stones.
For healthy digestion
You can also give your digestion a kickstart in the morning by drinking lemon water (freshly squeezed lemon juice diluted with water) before breakfast. If, on the other hand, lemon water is enjoyed with meals, the digestive enzymes and, again, the fruit acids in the lemon should help against the annoying feeling of fullness.
For detoxification and healthy weight loss
Lemon juice is also used in detox treatments, such as the so-called Master Cleanse. It helps with detoxification and also with weight loss. Based on a placebo-controlled study of 84 overweight women, Korean researchers from Seoul Women’s University concluded that lemon juice contributes to weight loss, reduces insulin resistance, and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lemon juice tastes sour and is metabolized as a base
Lemon juice tastes sour but is metabolized in the body as a base. Because the organic fruit acids in it are converted into carbon dioxide and water in the body’s cell metabolism only the basic minerals of the lemon remain.
However, the acidic effect of the fruit acids unfolds in the mouth, which can damage the tooth enamel. However, you can counteract this by diluting lemon juice or drinking a glass of still water after consumption. This raises the pH value in the mouth again and protects the teeth.
It has long been said that you should wait at least half an hour after consuming lemon juice and other acidic drinks (and meals) before brushing your teeth.
How to use the healing effects of lemon juice
There are many different ways to enjoy the healing effects of lemon juice. You can add lemon juice to the dressing instead of vinegar, regularly mix lemon juice into your smoothie, and drink lemon water in the morning.
However, it is best to only use lemon juice as a short-term treatment to protect your teeth in the long term, for about two to four weeks before taking a break for a few weeks.
Lemon juice in the home
Of course, lemon juice can also be used wonderfully as a cleaning agent in the household, for example as a metal or glass cleaner, for disinfection, cleaning hands, or removing grease stains.