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Lemons have a bad reputation, if our idioms are any indicator. Cars in need of constant repair are called ‘lemons,’ while a person with a poor disposition is said to be as ‘sour as a lemon.’ “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a familiar proverb, as if lemons were the worst form of adversity one could face. .
Yes, the lemon has a bad reputation – and it is entirely undeserved. Lemons are in fact a power-packed superfood that can protect or improve health in various ways, and if you are not including them in your diet, then you really don’t know what you’re missing.

Now it’s true that most people don’t enjoy eating lemons in their whole, natural form. They epitomize sourness, and as a form of food, they appeal only to a certain segment of the population, specifically those with taste buds acclimated to their severe acidity.

But it isn’t necessary to eat a lemon the same way you’d eat an orange to secure its many benefits. Freshly prepared lemon juice delivers the health-preserving goods just fine, diluting the intensity of the flavor without altering its life-enriching biochemical profile.

A half of a lemon for people under 150 pounds, and a full lemon for those over, squeezed and mixed into a glass of pure water at room temperature, creates one of nature’s most potent elixirs. After squeezing make sure to scoop out the juicy pulp that remains inside the lemon so you can add that to the water as well, since this is densely packed with fibers and other nutrients. Drinking lukewarm lemon juice first thing in the morning, 15-20 minutes before any breakfast, will provide the full-impact benefits that lemons can deliver.

How Can Lemons Help You? Let Us Count the Ways

But wait a minute, you’re probably asking, aren’t lemons loaded with acid? Won’t drinking lemon juice on an empty stomach lead to heartburn or indigestion?

The answer to this question is no; in fact, the opposite is true. Despite the presence of citric acid, lemon juice turns alkaline when it enters the bloodstream. As it circulates through the arterial network, it helps restore the body’s fluids to their proper pH balance. This means it will actually prevent heartburn and indigestion instead of causing them. It even works as a straight-up remedy if you are experiencing either already.