4. Lemon Juice
Lemons are an extremely popular, extremely healthy citrus fruit. They’re native to Asia and belong to the citrus family, alongside limes, citron, grapefruit, pomelo and oranges. Lemons are used frequently throughout various cultures, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. Lemon juice especially has become a popular health tonic, and boasts such benefits like prevention of kidney stones, relieving sore throats, supporting weight loss, reducing a fever and balancing the pH levels in the body.
Lemons are very low in calories, yet very high in vitamin C, and were used by sailors like Christopher Columbus to avoid scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C. Other vitamins and minerals like folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and thiamin are also found in lemons. Lemons contain phytonutrients known as flavonoids that provide a wide range of antioxidant effects by scavenging harmful free radicals that cause damage to the cells in the body.
Lemon juice contains a wide array of health benefits. Drinking it daily can improve digestive function and support a healthy immune system, while giving a natural energy boost. It’s alkalizing, low in sugar, and contains pectin; a dietary fiber that helps you feel fuller for longer.
Lemon juice is an effective treatment for water retention due to its diuretic properties. Drinking a glass full of warm water with the juice of half a lemon first thing every morning can help kick-start the metabolism and flush out excess fluid. If the taste is too sour, add one tablespoon of honey for flavor.