Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

 

Health food of the month - Lemons

November 2013

Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Yoghurt

Anchovy

Olives


 

Diet & Supplements Index


Don’t be a lemon about lemons!

Lemons are a much maligned fruit. While they add enormously to drinks and certain dishes, they are not generally considered as good as natural orange or even grapefruit juice to drink.

Because of the sour taste, many people think they must be really acid and so therefore not a good thing to drink neat.

This is actually wrong - lemons are bursting with all sorts of good things and while they do contain citric acid and seem very acidic, in your stomach they become an alkali. This is good and helps to balance your body’s pH.

Starting your day with lemon juice in hot water is far better than a cup of tea; it freshens you up, stimulates your digestive track and adds vitamin C as well.

Lemon juice mixed with flaxseeds is often used as an aid in constipation and is believed to help eliminate waste more quickly.

Drinking lemon juice every day can raise the citrate levels in urine which may assist in preventing kidney stones.

It is not only the yellow colour that is similar to bananas; lemons also share with bananas the benefit of being rich in potassium; this mineral is essential in helping you stay strong and agile.

It is also thought that compounds in lemons can help to protect you against certain types of cancer. Lemons contain limonoids, an organic substance that not only helps determine their bitterness but also can inhibit the growth of tumours.

All in all, lemons offer a lot to a regular diet and these deserve a lot more than just being used in pancakes, cheesecakes and gin and tonics!


 


 

    Keep in touch with everything happening in Laterlife Today!

    Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletters for the latest articles, offers and events. You can unsubscribe at any time should you want to.

 


Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

feeling Good

Feeling Good

The above article is part of the features section of laterlife.com called laterlife interest. laterlife interest contains a variety of articles of interest for visitors to laterlife.com written by a number of experienced and new journalists.

It includes both one off articles and also associated regular columns of a more specialist nature such as Healthwise, Gardener's Diary, our regular IT question and answer section called YoucandoIT and there's also 'It could be you' by Maggi Stamp laterlife's counsellor on human relationships. 

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

Tell us about what you would like to see here on laterlife.com in the future or any changes you would like to see. Just email views@laterlife.com
 

Latest articles

To view the latest articles click on laterlife interest index. To search for articles about a certain topic, use the site search feature at the top right of the page.
 
Back to Laterlife Today

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site

Bookmark


Advertise on laterlife.com



LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti