The best way to cool off during hot days is with a tall glass of ice cold lemonade or iced tea with lemons.
It’s been found that lemon peels can be very beneficial for your immune system, can lower cholesterol and even prevent cancer. They are also antimicrobial, or in other words, can protect you against bacterial infections.
According to a research, natural phytonutrients give better results than chemotherapy and don’t cause any side effects. Modified citrus pectin is derived from the pulp and rinds of citrus fruit and has been found to inhibit the spread of prostate, breast and skin cancer to other organs.
Limonoids, the chemicals found in the citrus peels that give the bitter taste, can slow down the cancer growth and even eliminate cancer cells. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds that stop cell division in cancer cells.
It’s been found by The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia that citrus fruits can reduce the risk of cancer by 50 percent.
Lemons also do an amazing detoxification job and can trick the liver into producing bile. This helps to keep food moving through the body and gastrointestinal tract.
They also fight free radicals and repair the damage done by them. The vitamin C contained in the lemons persuades the body to produce more collagen which means it can smooth the skin and eliminate the wrinkles, and give healthier youthful skin.
Drinking lemon water also helps with losing weight thanks to the fibers found I n lemons. Lemons also boost energy. Since we don’t recommend using refined sugar, here’s a recipe for healthy home-made lemonade. If you’re a vegan, you can replace the honey with coconut sugar, agave or maple syrup.
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 6 cups filtered water
Blend the raw honey and the lemon juice for about 30 seconds and then add the water and mix until it’s all combined. Cool it in a fridge and serve over ice.