When life gives you lemon…use it all.  Your overall health is dependent on it.  As a bonus lemon are vital for healthy glowing skin.  The scent of lemon has mood enhancing and energizing properties which in turn can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon taste great and aids in weight loss. Other uses include adding flavor to dishes or adding a refreshing zest to water and even cleaning household items.

All this from just one type of fruit…so the question is…why not use them?

This has been part of my daily routine for the past few years now, drinking warm lemon water. I have started (almost) every day with a glass of warm lemon water and it has made a huge difference for me. This has allowed me to get a jumpstart on the day by focusing on a morning routine in that it kick starts my digestion process for the day and in turn foster self-discipline practices when it comes to my eating habits.

There are many health benefits of lemon that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemon strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.  Lemon contain many substances – notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene – that promote immunity and fight infection.

Lemon is so blessed with natural healing properties that no part of it should go to waste. Using the whole lemon ensures that you will get the complete benefit. Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins, (vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium) than the lemon juice itself.

Lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.  Lemon peels consists of components known as salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to fight against cancerous cells in the body.

How I use the whole lemon in my diet;                                                                             Purchase or pick fresh ripe lemon with good skin, wash thoroughly under running water, cut both ends off and quarter the lemon. If possible remove the stone/pit from the fruit.  Cut fruit into smaller pieces and place into a blender. I would usually dice-up three to four lemon at a time. Add water to cover the lemon. Blend the content on high for a minute or two and then on medium for one to two minutes, more. This timing guide is dependent on how smooth you would like the lemon consistency. When you happy with the end result place content into ice-cube trays, for freezing. Depending on the size of the blocks in the ice-tray, use two to three blocks per glass of warm water per drink. Drink this combination as often as possible throughout the day.

This forward planning method allows me to always have fresh lemon available for my morning rituals and totally eliminates the excuse not to place the lemon in my hot water.

Never being caught off guard secures my morning jumpstart and my digestion process always stays on track.

I would love to hear from you……


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