Although everybody understands the importance of water for your overall health, many people prefer adding something to their water so it’s not too boring. The go-to additive is usually lemons, which not only adds flavors, but it also adds a ton of health benefits.
Lemons are a natural detoxifier, and they can also improve digestion, neutralize acidity in your body, improve weight loss, and improve your skin. You can not only get these benefits from the juice of the lemon; you can also benefit from essential oils that come from the peels.
Anyone that has had a yeast infection knows that they are not fun. What many people don’t realize is that they are caused by an over-growth of bacteria that normally live in the body. Lemon essential oils can combat the bad bacteria, fungi, and yeast found throughout the body and keep them down to normal levels so that they don’t cause problems.
Nausea and Vomiting
A recent study demonstrated the power of lemon essential oils in combating nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Around 100 women were chosen to participate, and were divided into a control group and a lemon essential oil group. Within 2 days, those who were taking the lemon oils noticed a decrease in their symptoms, and after 4 days, the symptoms in the test group were reduced by an average of 33%.
This study was specifically geared towards pregnant women, but others dealing with the same symptoms can see similar benefits.
Reverse diabetic neuropathy
A study done by the Central Food Technological Research Institute evaluated how a phytonutrient found in lemons, called geraniol, aided in reversing diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is damage to nerves in the body that occurs due to high blood sugar levels from diabetes.
After an 8 week study, the sciatic nerve damage was reduced through lemon oil use. When lemon oil was used regularly, cellular function was restored and energy stores were regulated.
The lemon fruit is low in calories, high in vitamin C, and a natural antioxidant, making it an attractive addition to flavor your water. If you look closely at the lemon peel by squeezing or twisting the outer zest portion, you’ll be able to see lemon oils dripping out.
Cool huh? Go ahead and boost the flavor of your water with some lemon today!
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