What drink is insanely inexpensive to make, keeps the skin glowing, aids in digestion, can help you lose weight and is packed with Vitamin C?
It’s lemon water!
Lemon is a citrus fruit and specie of a small ‘evergreen’ tree native to Asia. This almost round-looking yellow fruit, though has a sour taste, is used for culinary purposes. It is also used for cleaning purposes (sinks, floors, counter tops, etc.). Fully matured plants bear fragrant white flowers, with thorns on the branches of some varieties. Lemons are best when bright yellow and thick-skinned. The best way to start your day is to drink a glass of warm lemon water. This is attained by simply cutting open and squeezing the fruit over a glass and mixing that with some warm (boiled to a moderate temperature) water.
Despite this fruit’s sour taste, it is good for the body. Lemon provides the body with energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood-enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon can brighten your mood, help clear your mind and can also reduce anxiety and depression. The health benefits of lemon include the treatment of: throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. The fruit also improves hair growth and gives healthy skin.
According to the United States department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one raw lemon, without peel (about 58 grams) provides 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrate (including 1.6 grams and 1.5 grams of sugar), 51% of daily vitamin C needs as well as small amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, copper and magnesium.
Potential Health Risks
Those with Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms related to the disease, such as heartburn and regurgitation when consuming highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits. However, individual reactions vary.
Although lemon is one of those super foods with myriad health and cosmetic benefits, there are a few persons for whom it is an allergen. So, make sure you are not allergic to this natural product before you start enjoying its many benefits.
Story by Sabina Otchere (Level 300 A)