There is always a super food to the rescue our health that make it to the headlines! Does a food really have super powers to heal or burn fat? It feels so good to think so! As I always say however, one food can’t be responsible for our entire health or results. Today, I share the facts on one of the most popular super foods: lemon!
It’s all in the peel
The good old way of using lemon juice in hot water and benefiting its detox properties is unfortunately not quite right. YES – lemon contains a component called d-limonene that helps to detoxify our liver. However, most of this component is found in the peel and not in the juice! So let’s add a little – well a lot – of zest to our next cup!
Thanks to vitamin C
Lemon is thought to be the only food that can really help us better absorb nutrients and improve our digestion. Vitamin C which is responsible for this is not exclusive to and is not found in large quantities only in lemon! In fact, many fruits and vegetables help us by their vitamin C content such as:
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
- Green and red peppers
- Spinach, cabbage, turnip leaves and other leafy greens
- Sweet and white potatoes
- Tomatoes and tomato juice
- Winter squashes.
Lemon decreases acidity
Studies have shown that a small amount of lemon juice in the water can have alkalinizing powers, meaning it can decrease the acidity of our body. Indeed, lemon is an acidic food, but it also contains alkaline minerals that are released – to put it simply – in our body during its absorption. Again, it also depends on our body because it’s not all digestive systems that can metabolize the lemon to reduce its acidity. It’s still worth trying don’t you think? If it makes you have reflux or any digestive and skin discomfort … it’s probably not for you!
Do you use lemon for detox purposes? If not, what other reasons motivate you to take it? I would like to read you!