Lemon juice is a healthy and dietary citrus drink. Its homeland is India, where lemon juice is added to almost all dishes. In Russia, lemon juice was first tasted only in the 18th century. Since then, the popularity of this citrus drink has been steadily increasing. It is used not only in cooking, but also as a home medicine and cosmetology product. With it, they lose weight and lighten hair, wash glasses and even write letters.
Lemon juice is 90 percent water. Its pulp contains up to 7 g of carbohydrates, 0.4 g of protein and 0.25 g of fat. Such an amount and ratio of nutrients makes fresh from these citrus fruits a diet drink: 100 grams contain only 22 kilocalories.
The composition of lemon juice makes it a real natural chemical laboratory. It includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B9, PP, E, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin-like substances (lutein, zeaxanthin, biotin, rutin), macronutrients (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium , phosphorus), trace elements (iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium).
Among all these substances, ascorbic acid is the leader in terms of content: the juice of one fruit contains more than 30% of the daily human need for it.
Lemon juice is also rich in organic acids (citric and malic) and essential oils (limonene, citral, linalool, pinene, geraniol, camphene), among which d-limonene is the leader in terms of quantity.
Lemon juice effectively strengthens nonspecific immunity. Biologically active substances (vitamins, minerals and essential oils) of this product stimulate the formation of immune gamma-immunoglobulins in the blood. It also contributes to the synthesis of a local immunoprotective factor - lysozyme.
Lemon fresh has a large number of beneficial properties on the human body:
- inhibits the growth and development of foreign microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi);
- fights against helminthic infestations;
- reduces inflammatory processes in the body;
- increases vascular elasticity;
- strengthens the vascular walls and reduces their permeability;
- prevents the formation of calculi in the gallbladder and kidneys;
- removes toxins and toxic waste products from the body;
- stimulates the secretion of digestive juices;
- increases the body's resistance to changes in environmental conditions (hypoxia, ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation, stress);
- prevents and eliminates the deficiency of vitamins and minerals.
Lemon juice, both when applied topically and when taken orally, improves the appearance of the skin, nails, hair, brightens them, reduces inflammatory manifestations, and fights against fungal diseases.
A few drops of this citrus juice added to warm tea at the first sign of acute respiratory viral diseases are more likely to save you from the disease.
Acids and essential oils of juice from lemons help accelerate metabolic processes in tissues, contributing to the burning of "excess" calories and fatty deposits. Sour taste suppresses hunger and nausea.
No matter how healthy lemon juice would be, with all its benefits, it can also cause harm to health. Due to the low pH and irritating properties of organic acids, this product is not recommended for oral use:
- lactating women;
- young children;
- people with allergies, including non-food;
- with acute inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat or esophagus;
- patients with peptic ulcer;
- with psoriasis.
Absolute contraindications to the use of a drink from this citrus include any pathology of the pancreas. This organ is very sensitive to organic acids and essential oils contained in lemon juice, therefore it is forbidden in both acute and chronic pancreatitis.
Conditional contraindications to the use of a drink of these citruses include the period of pregnancy. At this time, the drink can be consumed only in diluted form and for strict medical reasons.
If you drink lemon juice or rinse your mouth with it every day, it can damage the tooth enamel. To avoid contact of the juice with the tooth surface, it is necessary to drink this drink through a tube.
You can not use juice from lemons on an empty stomach even for healthy people: it is aggressive against the gastric mucosa.
With great care, it should be used as an ingredient in homemade cosmetics (scrubs, masks, lotions, creams). When applied to the skin of the face, the periorbital area should be avoided: contact with the eyes can cause burns to the cornea or mucous membrane.
Use in traditional medicine
Lemon juice is a means of treatment and prevention of various diseases of internal organs and infections recognized by folk healers. It is used internally and externally, in a clean and diluted form.
With diseases of the digestive system
A freshly squeezed lemon drink with pulp has a pronounced detoxifying effect. Its active substances bind and remove toxic metabolic products from liver cells and protect hepatocytes from damage. The resulting compounds and toxins are excreted from the liver with bile.
With the ability to liquefy bile and stimulate bile secretion, fresh lemon is also used to treat chronic inflammation of the gallbladder and gallstone disease. Contraindications to this treatment are also large stones (over 8-10 mm): a gallstone of this size can clog the bile duct and cause hepatic colic.
Lemon juice is also effective for bowel cleansing. A popular cleanser is a mixture of lemon juice and castor oil. The volume of castor-lemon cocktail depends on the weight of the person. To prepare this cocktail, for each kilogram of weight, take 1 drop of castor oil and 2 drops of lemon fresh. After taking the drug, you can not drink and eat until the natural cleansing of the intestine begins. The best time for such a cleansing is the period from 5 to 7 pm on the eve of the weekend. The cleaning course lasts up to 2 months when taking the product 1 time per week.
The acidity index (pH) of lemon juice ranges from 2 to 3, which means that it is an acid. However, from a biochemical point of view, the lemon juice in the stomach behaves like an alkali with respect to the stronger hydrochloric acid of the gastric juice. That is why, oddly enough, the juice from this citrus is not prohibited in gastritis with high acidity. Moreover, drinking lemon juice is useful for low stomach acidity. To increase the acidity of gastric juice, it is enough to drink 50 ml of this citrus drink on an empty stomach.
For diseases of the heart and blood vessels
Lemon juice increases the elasticity of the vascular walls, prevents the deposition of cholesterol plaques and pathological thrombosis in them. This product is also able to slightly reduce the level of blood pressure with a single dose.
Using an infusion of lemons and garlic, you can clean the vessels. For infusion, you need lemon (4 pcs.) And garlic (4 heads). Skip lemons with peel and peeled garlic through a meat grinder, transfer the mass to a three-liter jar and pour boiled water to the top. Remove the infusion in a cool dark place for 3 days. While stirring several times a day. After 3 days, strain the infusion and put it in the refrigerator. Take 50 ml three times a day, one hour after a meal. Such vessel cleaning should not last longer than 40 days. You can repeat it only after a year.
A similar effect for cleansing blood vessels is provided by a combined home remedy, which includes lemon juice, garlic, honey and linseed oil.
For metabolic disorders
Lemon drink is useful for diabetes: it reduces the concentration of glucose and blood cholesterol, and also improves the condition of the vascular walls in diabetic micro- and macroangiopathies.
This product also helps alleviate the condition of patients with gout. Citric acid contained in it dissolves crystals of uric acid and its salts (urates), which are formed in the joints, kidneys and tissues in the body of a patient with gout. However, before starting treatment with lemon juice, a doctor's consultation is required. Such treatment can cause an attack of renal colic when moving large urate stones from the kidneys.
Lemon juice, mixed in equal proportions with 10% alcohol tincture of iodine, can be used for attacks of osteochondrosis or sciatica for treating the skin as an iodine net.
With psoriasis, the intake of lemon juice inside is prohibited. But its external use in the form of rubbing psoriatic rashes and plaques is shown to these patients. Dampened with lemon fresh tampons, wipe the affected areas on the skin (not on the mucous membranes), leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Such manipulations are carried out daily for a month. Lemon juice dries wet areas, exfoliates keratinized epidermis, softens and heals the skin.
The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of citrus fluid are used to treat angina. In acute tonsillitis, it is recommended that you rinse your throat with a solution of lemon fresh juice with warm water in a ratio of 1: 2 or 2: 3 every few hours.
The instillation of lemon juice diluted in this way into the nose effectively fights with a runny nose (except for allergic hay fever).
Gynecologists prescribe lemon juice for douching with candidiasis and other fungal infections of the vagina. For the procedure, you need to squeeze the juice from one lemon and dilute it with 200 ml of warm boiled water. Douching is carried out with a warm solution after taking a hygienic shower, preferably at night.
With oncological pathologies
In the literature and on the Internet you can find information that lemon juice even cures oncology. Believe it or not is a private matter. But one thing is clear: one lemon juice does not help cure cancer. Oncological diseases can and should be treated by specialist doctors and only in a comprehensive manner. Therefore, do not waste precious time treating cancer in this way. The sooner the patient gets to a competent oncologist, the more effective his treatment will be.
Use in Dietetics
Due to its low calorie content and high biological activity, lemon juice is also present in many diets. Acids of this drink accelerate the metabolism, contribute to the breakdown of existing fats in the tissues of the body and prevent new deposits.
One of the effective and quick methods of losing weight is a lemon diet. This is evidenced by the reviews of the worst on thematic online forums. But you cannot "sit" on such a diet for more than two days: this can lead to serious health problems.
To use this diet to lose 5 kg in two days, you need to give up food and drink a special drink at this time. To make it, you need juice from 7 lemons, a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of ground hot red pepper. The resulting mixture of lemon juice with pepper and honey must be diluted with 1.5 liters of warm boiled water.
Use in cosmetology
Means based on lemon juice are widely used in cosmetology to care for hair, nails and skin. It is added to shampoos, rinses, masks, lotions, creams.
Before using any cosmetic home remedy with lemon, it is necessary to conduct a skin allergy test. To carry it out, you need to apply a few drops of the product to the skin of the elbow. If after 15 minutes of redness, spots or itching is not in this place, then the tool can be safely used for its intended purpose.
From lemon juice, you can prepare hair masks, for flaky scalp, rinsing agents to lighten and soften hair.
In addition to lemon juice, products for the scalp and hair of various types include:
- for dandruff: 50 ml of odorless vegetable oil and apple cider vinegar;
- for dry hair: 50 ml of odorless vegetable oil and fat milk;
- for oily hair: 1 sheet of aloe, 1 egg yolk, 50 g of honey, 100 ml of water;
- for damaged hair: 30 ml of burdock oil, 30 g of honey, 50 ml of shampoo, 1 onion.
All ingredients of each product are crushed, 30 ml of lemon juice are added, and mixed until homogeneous.
Fresh from lemons helps make hair soft, shiny and manageable. This is facilitated by rinsing the hair after washing with lemon juice diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 1-1: 2.
Lemon juice allows you to gently lighten hair without the use of chemical components. To prepare a product for lightening hair, you need a glass of fresh lemons and a quarter cup of warm water. Fill spray bottle with this solution. Spray on clean, dry hair on a sunny day. After this, the hair should be exposed to direct sunlight for an hour. After one hour, repeat the procedure.
In order not to get a sunstroke, lightening the hair should be done in the morning or in the evening, avoiding the peaks of solar radiation. If in a similar way only individual hair strands are treated, then the highlighting effect can be obtained.
This product effectively fights the problem of freckles and age spots on the face. For peeling, it is necessary to treat the problem areas with freshly squeezed lemon juice every day after washing, leaving it for 10 minutes. After the procedure, it is necessary to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and protect his skin with powder with a high level of ultraviolet protection.
Fresh from lemon can be applied to the spots of juvenile acne. From a tablespoon of lemon juice and one chicken egg protein, you can prepare a mask that can be applied to cleansed skin at night. Such a mask brightens the skin, clears black spots and makes acne and blackhead scars less noticeable.
Masks based on this juice help smooth out shallow wrinkles, soften and brighten mature skin. To prepare it, you need to mix olive oil with freshly squeezed lemon juice in equal proportions. Apply such a mask to the skin of the face and décolleté after cleansing. To get a good effect from the procedure, the mask must be left on the skin all night.
To prepare a mask for young facial skin, it is necessary to replace the olive oil in the previous recipe with yogurt, the fat content of which depends on the type of skin: the fatter the skin, the less fat the yogurt should be. Apply this mask until completely dry and rinse with warm water.
To soften the skin of the hands and whiten the nails, you need to add lemon juice to the hand bath. Using cotton swabs dipped in lemon juice, you can wipe the nail plates.
For hair removal
To remove unwanted hair in some parts of the body, you can prepare a paste for shugaring based on lemon juice. For its preparation you will need: water (2 tbsp. L.), Sugar (8 tbsp. L.) And lemon juice (2 tbsp. L.). All the ingredients of the paste are mixed and simmered in a saucepan with a thick bottom. Shugaring paste is ready when plastic balls can be rolled out of it.
Ready warm paste is applied to the legs against hair growth, soft fabric strips are tightly applied on top. When the paste has cooled, the strips are torn off by a sharp movement along the hair growth.After removing all hair, the remains of the paste are washed off with warm water, and an aseptic cream is applied to the skin.
How to cook and store
Making lemon juice is very easy. For this, the fruit must be cut in half and squeezed the juice out of the pulp using a table fork. To facilitate the process, lemon can be frozen before handling: frozen lemon gives juice more easily. You can also use a special device for squeezing citrus juice.
Fresh lemon juice at room temperature is not stored for long - only a few hours. To extend its shelf life to several days, it must be stored in a glass bottle with a tightly fitting lid, previously treated with boiling water, in the refrigerator.
If we add 0.5 cups of powdered sugar to a glass of fresh lemon and then evaporate the excess liquid over low heat, we will get lemon syrup. This is a guaranteed option to keep this product for a long time (for several months in the refrigerator).
Lemon juice in cooking is used to give a sour taste to various dishes (first dishes of meat, poultry, fish, pastries, desserts, drinks). Fried fatty fish and vegetables are poured with lemon juice, rice. Before adding to the dough, you must extinguish the soda with vinegar. But instead, you can add soda slaked with lemon juice to the dough.
A variety of salad dressings and sauces are prepared with lemon juice. Salad seasoned with lemon juice does not require additional salt. Adding lemon juice to the confectionery glaze makes it glossy. Lemon juice is a great substitute for lime juice in a recipe.
This product is often used as one of the main components of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Its presence in soft drinks makes them refreshing and reduces the need for added sugar. If you add a little lemon juice to natural birch, you can get a refreshing summer drink. Water with mint and lemon juice dulls hunger, so it is often used in various diets.
With the juice of this citrus, you can also prepare blanks for the winter. Products canned with lemon juice differ in taste from those prepared with vinegar or citric acid: they have a milder and more delicate taste.
To make homemade mayonnaise you need: odorless vegetable oil (homemade for these purposes will not work), 3 tbsp. l freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tbsp. l sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp mustard, 1 chicken egg. For the ingredients to mix properly, they must be at room temperature. Using an blender, beat an egg with lemon juice, salt, sugar and mustard. Then, continuing to mix the ingredients with a blender, vegetable oil is added a little. From continuous whipping, the mixture becomes thick. How much vegetable oil is needed for this depends on its density: from 1 to 1.5 cups. If the consistency of mayonnaise is very concentrated and thick, it can be diluted.
This mayonnaise does not contain preservatives, so it can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for no longer than 1 week.
With a cotton swab dipped in lemon liquid, you can write an invisible letter on white paper. When such a "letter" is heated over an open fire, the written will become visible.
Lemon juice diluted with water can be used to clean the microwave or oven. To do this, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass of water and place a container with this solution inside the equipment. Steam will settle on the walls of the stove and dissolve the old fat. After that, it will be enough just to wipe the inner surface with a clean rag.
Lemon trees can be grown indoors. Delicious teas can be made from the flowers and leaves of a lemon tree, which are not inferior to lemon juice in the content of nutrients.
Lemon juice is a versatile drink that is easy to make at home. With it, you can be treated, cosmetics are made from it, glass and household appliances are cleaned with it.
A lemon drink is often used to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels, digestive organs, diabetes and gout. Topically apply lemon juice to treat skin diseases. Based on it, solutions for rinsing and douching are prepared.
Effectively fights lemon fluid with skin, hair and nail problems. A drink from a mixture of juices of several citrus fruits, including lemon, helps people lose weight during a diet.
When using this drink, you need to be careful for people suffering from allergies, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, psoriasis. No need to drink it undiluted and on an empty stomach. Refuse to take lemon juice is necessary for children, pregnant and lactating women.
Lemon juice is common in cooking. It is added to various dishes to give them acidity. They replace vinegar in recipes. Lemon juice is used in everyday life: with the help of this drink you can easily clean inaccessible places inside household appliances.