They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but you really should do a whole lot more than that. This little citrus fruit not only offers a multitude of health benefits, they’re one of the most alkaline forming foods on Earth, which makes them great for balancing an acidic body.
Lemons were first created as a cross between a lime and a citron. It was the Arabs that first introduced them to the Europeans, and Christopher Columbus himself brought them to the New World during his second voyage in the late 15th century. A few centuries later during the California Gold Rush, lemons were commonly eaten by the miners to protect themselves against scurvy, a disease that results from a lack of vitamin C.
While lemons are well known for their high level of vitamin C, they also contain riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, calcium, and folate.
Of course, you probably can’t, and wouldn’t want to try, eating multiple lemons every day, but you can derive many of these same benefits simply by drinking lemon water. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and prevent the boredom that can occur when you try and force yourself to drink plain water all day long. It’s incredibly cheap to make, can help you lose weight, keep your skin glowing and ensure that your body gets the vitamin C and other important nutrients it needs to function properly.
When you start drinking lemon water every day, you’ll never want to miss it again – drinking a glass when you first wake up can be just as energizing as your morning cup of coffee!
One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll always have lemons around is to grow a lemon tree. And, while they tend to flourish in places that enjoy a warm, sunny climate year round, they can also thrive indoors in colder climates. Typically, rooting cuttings are the best option for growing fruit quickly, but lemon tree cuttings aren’t easy to come by in many areas of the world. It may take some time (from 3 to 6 years), but growing your very own tree from a tiny seed is extremely rewarding, watching it grow from a little seeding into a beautiful, lemon-producing tree.
Once you have everything on hand, it’s time to plant.
Now the fun part, you get to nurture it and watch it grow. The following tips will help ensure that it grows healthy and strong, and produces plenty of lemons that you’ll be able to use for many years to come.