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Lemons are wonderful to have around the house as they have the ability to enhance any dish with just a little drizzle of lemon juice.  I love adding half a lemon to pressed juice drinks, used as a refreshing salad dressing, or simply drizzled on slices of avocado and tomatoes.  They also have a host of nutritional benefits, which keeps me thinking of new ways I can incorporate them into any dish!


Feeling: under the weather?

Lemon juice can help reduce fevers when you are sick by increasing perspiration. They are also very high in vitamin C, helping to boost your immune system and recover from the flu quicker.  My go-to when I'm feeling a flu coming on is to drink cups of warm water, with a squeeze of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey to help with detoxification. 

· Lemons are actually alkalizing for the body unlike certain foods such as meat, refined sugar and wheat, which can all cause the body to produce acid.  We don't want an acidic environment - our bodies perform better when balanced.  When lemons are ingested they become alkaline (changing from acid to become more balanced), helping to restore the bodies pH balance ( a scale judging how acidic or basic our body is). This is very important as the body functions most optimally when in an alkaline environment.  Studies have also shown that cancer cells cannot thrive in alkaline environments. 

· Lemon juice helps maximize enzyme function, triggering the liver to increase detoxifying properties - helping to keep your skin clear and glowing!

· The citric acid in lemons can actually be used to reduce dark spots on the skin due to sun damage. 

 

Season to buy: Summer - this is when lemons in the US will be the most affordable and at their peak taste.

Shelf life: 1-2 weeks