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21 reasons why you should use lemon everyday

Updated on April 14, 2014
Healthy, freshly picked lemons
Healthy, freshly picked lemons | Source

The bittersweet lemon

Lemon is a very important ingredient in most kitchens, as it can easily make loads of meals more special and delicious.

But did you know that this fruit is not only tasty, but has tons of health benefits as well? If this is a new bit of information for you, keep on reading, you will surely be shocked!

Eating a few slices of lemon everyday can really save lives!

In this article I’ve tried to collect all the health benefits and advantages of lemon – from head to toe!

21 advantages that you should know

1. Stimulates hair growth. It can also help you to regulate the blood flow in the scalp and fight against hair loss by scrubbing lemon water on the top of your head (this can also help the hair to become healthy and shiny). Additionally, its mildly acidic nature can help you fight against dandruff, too.

2. Can ease fever. Just drink a glass of lemon juice that will increase your perspiration, therefore causing your temperature to decrease. Also, drinking a cup of lemon tea can also be very helpful.

3. Can help you to stay calm, fights insomnia. Lemon contains potassium that will help you to fight mental stress and depression. Use lemon oil in aromatherapy to fight insomnia.

A lemon tree
A lemon tree | Source

4. Can cure throat infections, flu and common cold. Due to the lemon’s antibacterial property, drinking lemonade or applying a few drops of lemon juice on your meal can help you fight sore throat and flu symptoms as well. Gargle with a mixture of one lemon’s juice, (glass of) water and sea salt (1tsp) 3 times a day and sore throat won’t cause you more problems.

5. Can stop nose bleeding. Just apply a few drops of lemon juice on a cotton pad or tissue and place it in the bleeding nose.

6. Increases concentration. Inhaling lemon oil (aromatherapy) can easily help you to get more alert and increase your concentration and brain activity – either at home or at work.

7. Prevents dental problems. Applying some drops of lemon juice on a toothache can easily help you to ease the pain; meanwhile some drops on a bleeding gum can stop the bleeding. Additionally, lemons can prevent inflammations of the tongue as well. Look for toothpaste that contains lemon or lemon extracts to get rid of plaque, foul breath (even the breath after spices or alcohol) to keep your dental area healthy.

8. Helps to keep the heart healthy, also cures heart strokes. The high amount of potassium in lemon helps your body to relax, therefore is can ease stress and depression that can have a bad effect on the heart.

9. Has an important role in skin care. Lemon not only helps the skin to stay healthy, young looking and fresh, but also has an important role in fighting acne or eczema. Its alkaline nature helps to kill bacteria on the skin, therefore prevents blackheads and acne. There are several soaps, shower gels and handwashes available on the market that contain lemon extracts – these usually have an antibacterial effect as well.

10. Fights respiratory problems. Due to the fact that lemons are rich in Vitamin C, this fruit is able to help you fight the symptoms of different respiratory disorders and asthma as well.

11. Has a positive effect on digestion, can cure constipation. Lemon juice is a great cleansing agent; therefore just add a few drops of squeezed lemon juice for your daily meal to help your stomach or drink a glass of lemonade. Lemon can also prevent the dehydration caused by diarrhea.

12. Encourages weight loss. As I have said before, lemon is a great cleansing agent; therefore it speeds up digestion and helps to burn fat faster.

13. Fights and prevents diabetes. Lemon increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body, therefore it can help you the prevent diabetes.

14. Keeps the urinary tract healthy, fights kidney stones. Lemon helps forming urinary citrate, which can prevent the formation of harmful crystals in the body. Doctors say that drinking lemon juice with olive oil (!) is the best combination to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Healthy cluster of vibrant lemons
Healthy cluster of vibrant lemons | Source

15. Helps the work of immune system. The antibacterial effect of lemon helps the body fight against different diseases and disorders therefore has a great effect on the immune system as well.

16. Fights cancer. Lemons can prevent faulty metabolism in the cells of your body, therefore this fruit can easily help you to prevent some types of cancer, like breast or prostate cancer.

17. Fights rheumatism and varicose veins. This is also a great advantage of lemon’s antibacterial effect: nutrients in the fruit can help the body to get rid of different toxins and bacteria that can cause rheumatism.

18. Helps to ease high blood pressure. Drinking lemon juice increases potassium intake, therefore the body will be more relaxed - depression and stress will have a smaller effect on the body.

19. Can cure burns and ease bee stings, bug bites. Lemon is a great cooling agent, therefore applying a few slices of lemon on the injured skin can help to ease pain and provide a faster cure.

20. Helps in feet care, fights fatigue. The aromatic features of lemon can help to fight feet aches and different problems like hardened skin and lumps on the feet. Drink some lemon juice to ease fatigue.

21. Great stain remover. The acidic nature of lemon can be very helpful to get rid of stout stains on your white clothes. Just pour lemon juice on the stain immediately, leave it to work for a few minutes and then soak it in water. If the fabric is sensitive, use only a small amount of lemon juice and leave it to work only for half a minute.

Tips for buying

If you are planning to buy some lemons to enjoy all the above mentioned advantages of this fruit, the best is if you buy lemons that are firm and relatively heavy for their size and have vibrant yellow skin.

Try to avoid lemons that have damaged or discolored skin – this is a sign that the lemon was probably stored improperly or the fruit is way older than it is supposed to be.

Tips for storing

You can keep lemons fresh for days at a normal temperature, or put them into the drawer of your fridge to be able to store it even longer.

Additionally, you can also freeze the grated peel or the whole lemon and later grate it (the whole!) to be able to give and incredible zest to your dishes all year long. This is a common method used by many chefs on the world.

Nutrition values of a lemon (about 100g)

Nutrition Facts
Calories 22
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you, a lot of useful information about lemons here. I have just received a big bag of lemons as a gift and now I will make sure I take full benefit.

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      Maria Kuzmiak 2 years ago

      Lemons are so under-appreciated. I love them on salads. They can give the illusion of saltiness without the sodium!

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      S.meena 2 years ago

      Hai iam use the lemon juice of the face pimples is avoiding my face very happy .....

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      Mohammad Tanvir Ibne Amin 2 years ago from Dhaka

      Great work. From your hub I able to know different uses of lemons. Previously i did not like lemons too much, but your hub make me think again.

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      JLlewellyn 2 years ago

      Loved this article. Thank you so much! right off to buy lemons tomorrow.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      this was a very useful post, a lot of good information about lemon.

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      ireen 3 years ago

      Thanks for the information

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      oloyede oyebola 3 years ago from lagos nigeria

      thanks for the information, i must say it is very educating . now i can apply lemon to my hair.uhhhhh

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Now I have a reason to rub a lemon on my head. Thanks!

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      Sophie 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am always happy to help and share my knowledge after some extensive research :). I really hope you guys will make good use of this information, too!

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      Don Colfax 3 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Cool! Never knew that much of lemons, glad I stumbled upon our hub. You've won a follow! Haha

      Great work, can't wait to read more!

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      Sophie 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Jadelin68 - Aloha! :)

      Thank you for your nice comment, best wishes for you!

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      Jadelin68 3 years ago

      Thank you for all the great info. I love lemons for their nutrition but also for the taste. I'm an addict. Unfortunately my teeth can't take it!!

      Aloha and Thanks again!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub on lemons, I love lemon juice its the perfect choice when you are tired!

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Thanks for sharing the information. Didn't know so much about lemons. Thanks :)

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      ladybluewriter 3 years ago from United States

      I find the material in this article interesting.

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      oldiesmusic 4 years ago from United States

      I'm having lemons for my tea, but I am not aware of their amazing medicinal and beauty properties. In what way can I apply lemon on my skin? Thanks for your wonderful hub btw. :)

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      Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

      Hi,

      Thank you for sharing this very good information. I guess i'll haveto stock up on Lemon for my dinner from now on.

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      There are so many good reasons to use lemons. Great job. Voted up.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, lemon for the hair? I'll definitely try that! Thanks zsobig! Voted up and useful. :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Stimulates hair growth? I don't know that! I've been suffering hair fall lately so I think I might try this, nothing to lose. Thanks for posting. Up, useful and a following. :)

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      David Steffy 4 years ago from Southern Ohio

      I really appreciated the information in this article. My wife discovered a lemon cleanse the other day that also helps to lose weight. I've tried it for a couple of days and I was amazed! I actually did not crave food and felt full most of the day. I'm not crazy about going a whole 10 days like some people do but I do believe that 3 days or so at a time is great. It is simply 3/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 3/4 cup of Grade A Maple Syrup or Organic Honey, 8 cups of water , and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper. Stir it up and don't eat anything while you're on it. Just drink water and this mixture. Thanks again for the nice info. :)

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      Pat Kane 5 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      On the negative side, bartenders love lemon to dry your drink so you get that thirst for more coke with ice. lol.

      On the positive side, this fruit is practically miraculous. Thousands of people including Lou Corona and Dan McDonald from youtube use it in their lemon ginger blast, every morning and swear by it's antibacterial and antiviral properties. Thanks for this hub.

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Thank you for this Wonderful , Fabulous hub with so much information.Voted UP & AWESOME.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      What a great, informative Hub! Thank you for sharing this!

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      A very interesting and well put together hub. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this fabulous, useful and intersting hub - I've learnt so much!

      Voted up and shared

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      Sophie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you dear ladies, I'm glad I could help you with some new info!

      I appreciate your comments very-very much as well! :)

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Lemons are one of my favorite fruits to use in cooking. I also used a lot of Lemon oil when I used to have PMS. The smell has always helped me with nausea for some reason. When I was feeling very bad, my husband would rub my neck and head with the oil. Great hub, I voted up and tweeted.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your 'citrus' page divider, haha. Besides that, it is a wonderful hub filled with useful info. Oh, that reminds me-I'm going to sip some warm, lemon water for my sore throat right now. Rated up.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      The thing I miss most about Southern California, (aside from the kids) is having my own lemon, lime and citrus fruits available all year. We couldn't even give them away.

      They are surprisingly expensive where we live now, but they are still essential. Thanks for the extensive information.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hmmmm...I wonder if a little lemon aromatherapy would work to focus my students in the classroom. I am going to try this. Voted up and shared.

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      Sophie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Denise, I'm glad I could show you something new :)

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Wow. Fantastic information! I love lemons for eating and drinking but I was unaware of the health benefits and other ways you can use them. The only wag I have used them is to throw the finds into my garbage disposal and let it grind through. It eliminates odor

      I'll have to try the aromatherapy for my family and me. Voted up and sharing.

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      Sophie 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you dear ladies for your comments! :)

      Mama Kim: your child is the second person now who loves licking lemon wedges... My sister was doing it a lot too, when she was young.

      I was never able to eat it plain, but I enjoy eating slices with food or putting it into drinks and then eating it.

      It is just incredible how healthy this fruit is!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I love to use the leftover peels to make cleaner out of ^_^ Several of the older women in my family use lemon juice to reduce the appearance of age spots. It's also great for rough and sometimes off colored elbows too. ^_^ OH... and using it in the hair also gives the hair natural highlights. I didn't know about all the health benefits as well, wonderful ^_^ I guess my 3 year old is on to something when he asks me for a lemon wedge and then goes off to lick it for the next 30 minutes. Fantastic hub and very pretty presentation. voted up and pinned.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      An inspiration to use lemons everyday. I wonder if limes are as good? Great hub with lots of good information. Voted UP.

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      Justsilvie 5 years ago

      Well done and useful information.