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Lemons aid in digestion problems when mixed with hot water. They are also effective in curing biliousness, heartburn, nausea, constipation and worm infestations. If you make a habit of drinking lemon water consistently in the mornings it acts as a tonic to your liver and stimulates your liver to make bile and be ready to digest the food you eat during the day. Lemon water can also assist in relieving symptoms of tonsillitis, asthma and sore throat. Lemons provide your body with many vitamins that are beneficial to your health.
One lemon contains 44.5 mg of vitamin C. The A 2 Z of Health, Beauty and Fitness at learninginfo.org explains that because of the high vitamin C content in lemons they may help prevent and treat infections, bring down high fevers and hasten wound healing. Vitamin C supports your immune system to help fight off diseases and infections. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and a vital structural component of blood vessels, bone, ligaments and tendons.
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One lemon contains 18 IU of vitamin A. Oregon State University states, "vitamin A is commonly known as the anti-infective vitamin, because it is required for normal functioning of the immune system." Vitamin A is essential for your eye sight, supports bone growth and tooth development and helps maintain healthy hair, mucous membranes and skin 12.
Lemons nourish your body with vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid. One lemon contains 0.16 mg of vitamin B5. Dr. J.D. Decuypere states that adults need 5 mg of vitamin B5 per day and women who are pregnant should increase their intake to 6 or 7 mg per day. Vitamin B5 is critical for your metabolic process of food and supports the formation of hormones and good cholesterol.
- Lemons nourish your body with vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid.
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- Oregon State University: Vitamin C
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ShaeLee Chatterton began writing professionally in 2007. She has written articles for "Women's Health" magazine online and edited for LA Splash Magazine. She is a fitness nutrition coach through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association and is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise. Chatterton earned a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science and communications at Boise State University.