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Lemon Juice – Its Uses For Your Health
By: Alphonso Sirtle…
The juice obtained from lemons has very important health benefits, some of them known for a very long time. Lemonade is considered a refreshing drink, but its uses are far beyond this. The essential oil obtained from this fruit is considered to have an important role in cooling the body. This is the reason why a good homemade remedy in case of fever is a cup of lemonade mixed with water and sugar. If you do not want to use sugar for various reasons, you can use, and it is quite recommendable, a little honey, so the drink has a better taste. Drinking liquids when being ill is very important because high temperature determines dehydration, a condition that weakens the body. Lemon juice is very good for preventing that and it also offers a surplus of energy for the ill body.
Lemon juice is very rich in vitamin C, a vitamin responsible for a series of health benefits. For many years, sailors or sea travelers used lemon juice to prevent the appearance of scurvy. A small quantity of sodium is also contained in lemon juice, so it can be used by individuals preferring a diet low in salt. A measure of precaution must be taken when buying lemons from the market. Many producers prefer to treat the fruit with a chemical compound meant to improve their looks and to maintain them for a longer time. This chemical substance, called diphenyl, must be removed from the fruit, by washing them with unscented soap and a lot of water. Only after that you can use the lemons as a whole when you want to squeeze the juice out of them.
You do not have to throw away the pulp that remains after squeezing the lemon. These remains can be successfully used for treating the skin bitten by insects. You can even make a hand cream by mixing lemon pulp with a little water and some glycerin. Lemon has other qualities as well. For instance, studies have shown that lemon juice vaporized in the air plays an important role in neutralizing some bacteria, like meningococcus, typhoid, pneumococcus and staphylococcus within a duration of maximum one hour and a half.
The lemon juice action against bacteria was also discovered when put on some foods prone to contract some bacteria, like raw oysters. In such cases, it is advisable to let the lemon juice work for about fifteen minutes and this way, you will get rid of unwanted bacteria from your food.
On a regular basis, lemon juice is used to prevent infection or as a tonic in cases of cold or flu. When you make lemon juice, choose fruit that are fresh, without signs of wither. Mix the juice with water and drink it. It has a good taste and it helps you keep your health.