When life hands you lemons, squeeze the day!
There is something about summer that sparks a craving for an iced cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Maybe it’s the thick humidity that layers in the air in this North Carolina heat or maybe it is the nostalgia that takes us back to those idyllic days of childhood.
Nethertheless, there is one truth that can’t be ignored: lemons do wonders. But how? And why are lemons so good for us?
To channel your superhuman powers this #SuperhumanSaturday, let’s talk about this citrus fruit.
At VJC, we use lemons in a lot of our juices and we want to show you WHY lemons are a great addition to your healthy diet:
A SWEET, TART BITE OF LEMONS:
This powerful and healing fruit contains incredible antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-cancer properties while being rich in vitamin C and B-complex and an abundance of essential minerals.
Interestingly enough, despite the bitter, acidic taste of lemons, they can actually help alkaline the body and keep us in our neutral balance.
Lemons are a great aid in digestion and immunity. They contain a compound called limonene which dissolves gallstones and kidney stones and the compound can help fight an array of cancers. Rich in bioflavonoids, lemons can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body - being a great remedy in particular for colds, coughs, COPD, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders (and many other health complications). And for my skin care devotees, lemon juice is a great natural remedy for wrinkles, acne and sunburns 😜.
WHERE TO INCORPORATE LEMONS INTO YOUR DIET:
Despite the health benefits, we can’t deny that to the tastebuds, eating a plain lemon may just be a bit too tart. However, we got around this tangy flavor to make sure you can take advantage of this sublime fruit without the bitterness! Here are a few of our (many) juices that include lemon:
Black Magic - lemon, filtered water, apple, ginger, and activated charcoal
Don’t be alarmed by the black intensity of this juice. With activated black charcoal, lemon, and ginger, this is a perfect digestive remedy! The combination of these ingredients helps to prevent absorption of toxins in your gut, soothe any digestive discomfort AND if a Friday night was a little TOO much fun, Black Magic is a fabulous hydrating healer for day after headaches 😉.
Game Changer - lemon, cucumber, green apple, kale, spinach, fennel
Getting your greens in everyday is a great way to feel radiant. With our Game Changer, you’ll receive a hearty serving of dark leafy greens (spinach and kale) but feel like your drinking sweet apple juice. With the lemon addition, you are ensured a refreshing, restart to any day of the week.
Orchard - lemon, gala apple, green apple, extra ginger
Have a sweet tooth but stomach is bothering you? Our Orchard juice is the perfect selection for you! We blended sweet apples with tangy lemon and ginger to ensure that summer glow. Need a mixer? Try adding this juice to your next Friday cocktail for a tart, healthy refreshing treat.
OTHER VJC JUICES AND WELLNESS SHOTS WITH LEMON:
Lemon, ginger, turmeric
Lemon and cayenne pepper
Lemon, cucumbers, green apple, celery, kale, chard, parsley, ginger, turmeric
Lemon, cucumber, coconut water, pineapple
Lemon, kale, spinach, cucumber, celery,
parsley, ginger, turmeric
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Photo: Petr Kratochvil