Lemon juice has a number of health benefits especially if you have a cold or similar condition. Obviously many people do not like the sour taste of lemons, but hopefully we can convince some of them to try and get over the taste issue and start enjoying the many positive lemon juice health benefits. On that note, we do not recommend sweetening any lemon juice based recipes with sugar as this has a negative impact on the nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Some of Lemon Juice’s Main Health Benefits
- Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic and is capable of killing germs found in mucus.
- Very high in Vitamin C, potassium and also contain plenty of fibre and phytochemicals, which contain antioxidants.
- It also actually helps to break up and dissolve mucus, so when you have a cold or cough it can lead to a quicker recovery.
- It destroys the bad bacteria that can be found in your mouth, stomach, intestines and colon.
- A glass of 25ml (8oz) water and lemon will really help to break up mucus that builds up in your bronchial tubes when you have a cold.
- Cleanses your blood which in turn helps you have healthier lung tissue.
Try to buy organic lemons if possible. Look for lemons which have no signs of green left on them. You can store them in the refrigerator for about a week. For convenience, you can also squeeze the juice into ice cube trays, freeze and use later.
For normal everyday health maintenance, we recommend a 250ml (8oz) glass of water. Into the water squeeze the juice of one lemon and drink at least half an hour before you eat breakfast. If you have a cold, cough or even a bout of mild asthma you can increase your intake up to as much as 4-5 lemons per day.
Make sure you get the maximum lemon juice health benefits when preparing your lemon juice and water drink. Take the lemons from the fridge a couple of hours beforehand, or the night before, and let them come down to room temperature. Use room temperature or even slightly warm water. I know it seems more refreshing to make a nice cold drink, but doing this allows the the body to digest the drink much more easily and gives it the energy to release it’s full potential.
To really supercharge this drink, add 10-15ml of liquid chlorophyll to your morning lemon juice drink.
- Always rinse your mouth out with water or clean your teeth after drinking lemon juice to prevent the acid attacking your tooth enamel.
- Lemon juice can thin the blood. Always consult with a medical professional, especially if you have a heart condition or are taking prescribed blood thinning medications.
- If you are prone to acid reflux (or heartburn) or suffer from stomach ulcers, consult with a healthcare professional, consider taking an antacid medication and limit your lemon juice intake accordingly.
Read more about the lemon juice health benefits for asthma sufferers here.