Yes, I'm obsessed with lemons. And yes, I really believe that every person needs a lemon tree or a generous friend with an abundant supply! Here are some benefits of the lemon along with two easy recipes using this fabulous fruit.
The list of health benefits of lemons are endless:
- immune system booster
- digestive stimulant,
- liver detoxifier,
- supports peristalsis
- dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones
- anti-bacterial properties
- destroys intestinal worms
- contains 22 anti-cancer compunds and the list goes on
So here are a few ideas so you can make lemons the love of your life.
1. DRINK WARM LEMON WATER UPON WAKING. And make it even more delicious and beneficial to your health by adding 1 teaspoon of grated ginger to your warm water. To give it a tiny bit of a sweet edge, add a small amount of maple syrup. I'll make two cups of this tasty drink and sip on it throughout the morning.
What does this all do? It wakes up your digestion, gets your bowels moving, gives you high doses of immune boosting Vitamin C and supports healthy circulation. Once you get in the rhythm of having this drink every morning, you'll crave it and feel like the morning just wasn't the same without it. Seriously, I've had clients who've given up their coffee when they've gotten into the rhythm of this routine.
2. TASTY LEMON IN YOUR DRESSINGS FOR RAW GREENS. Greens are nutrient powehouses. Raw greens are popular, but many don't have the digestive strength to actually digest them. If you're in the mood for raw greens, try preparing them with a little lemon and olive oil and a dash of salt. Even better, this dressing is absolutely delicious and a real kid favorite:
1 part lemon
1 part Braggs amino acids
1 part olive oil
1 part nutritional yeast
Mix all the ingredients together and massage into the thinly sliced greens. I recommend kale because it doesn't wilt easily. To make the greens even more digestible, allow the dressing to absorb into the greens for at least 5 minutes so the lemon can do its work of "cooking" the greens. This is similar to the traditional Latin American preparation of ceviche (raw fish) cured in lemon. Add raisins, pine nuts and sesame seeds for added nutrition, texture and extra layers of flavors.
If you have other lemon recipes you'd like to share, send them my way. Enjoy your lemon adventures!