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When life gives you lemons, squeeze them for health benefits

From glowing skin and weight loss to keeping heart disease at bay–lemons can do you a world of good.
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Lemon is used almost daily at home, isn't it? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 27 Nov 2019, 14:18 pm IST
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We can’t think of a single person who can deny the benefits of drinking lukewarm water with a dash of lemon. From boosting your metabolism to helping weight loss and more–this morning health shot has a lot to bestow.

And there is no denying that it has immense benefits for your skin and hair too.

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This healthy mantra is backed by celebs too…
Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho and Bahubali actress Anushka Shetty in their 2019 book, The Magic Weight Loss Pill, talk about the transformational power of this simple beverage.

But what makes this concoction so great? The credit goes to lemons.

So, let’s squeeze the goodness of this citrusy fruit
Rich in vitamins C and B, riboflavin, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium–lemon is known to be a fat-cutter. But as Coutinho and Shetty note in their book, lemon doesn’t just burn fat and help you lose weight. Rather, it has a lot of other benefits too.

Presenting, everything that lemons can do for you:

1. Lemon has great benefits for your skin and hair
Bursting with anti-ageing properties, lemon juice when applied to the skin reduces acne, blackheads, and wrinkles. When applied to the scalp, it can curb dandruff.

(Note: If you have dry skin, lemon juice can make it drier.)

2. It’s also a liver tonic
A 2017 study published in the journal BioMed Research International found that drinking lemon juice can protect your liver from potential injury and distress caused by alcohol consumption.

3. It can offer relief from toothaches
An unlikely contender, but lemon can curb pain from an aching tooth–thanks to its bacteria-fighting properties. Bite into a slice of lemon (yes we know it’s sour!) and swish the juice inside your mouth for some relief.

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4. Lemons are good for your heart health
Since lemon juice is teeming with potassium, it offers heart healthy benefits. Moreover, it can also control high blood pressure.

5. Lemon is a great stress reliever
A Japanese study found that vapours from lemon oil work as an antidepressant. In fact, the study also claims that it is a more effective mood booster than even lemon oil.

6. Lemon can even restore health in smokers
Apart from your lungs, another casualty of smoking are your body’s vitamin C levels, which deplete with every puff you take. Thankfully, lemon can come to your rescue even here. A mixture of lemon juice with jaggery can help replenish the lost vitamin C.

Now that you know, don’t forget to add this citrusy goodness to your diet. Because when life gives you lemons, you must juice them for their health benefits.

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With inputs from IANS

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Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content. ...Read More

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