Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lemons....to your health!
I am regularly buying lemons to have on hand to combat the sicknesses that come visiting this time of year. I personally like to drink lemon water daily in the summertime over ice, but during the winter, I like it hot. I sometimes call it "hot lemonade" even though I don't put any sugar in it. Sometimes I stir in a teaspoon of honey for someone who has a sore throat. It is very soothing and delicious, but there are great health benefits too. Did you know that lemons are not only high in vitamin C but also in calcium, magnesium, and potassium? If you need a lift in your energy levels or want relief from head aches, menstrual problems, digestive troubles or to chase away colds and flu, consider the lemon.
To use lemons, pick fresh, ripe fruits that are bright yellow and thin-skinned. The heavier the lemon, the more juice and minerals it holds. If you have your own trees, you are blessed indeed. Wash the fruit lightly and store at room temperature if you will be using them within a week or so. Is there anything prettier than a bowl of bright, sunny lemons on the table? Use about a half a lemon per large mug. Squeeze it into the mug and pour hot water just-off-the-boil over. I prefer to cut my lemon into wedges, squeeze and then drop them into my mug so that the lemon oils are drawn from the skins. Drink this twice a day for your good health!
In the summertime, I cut lemon wedges, squeeze, and pour over cold water and add ice. Again, I toss the lemons into my glass. I like to sip it all day long, especially when I'm working hard outdoors. It is very refreshing and replenishes minerals that may be sweated out.
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