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Vitamin-c

Benefits Of Warm Water With Lemon

We’ve all heard about the health benefits from drinking warm water with lemon, and how it can kickstart your metabolism especially when consumed first thing in the morning. Lemons are citrus fruits which are extremely rich in vitamin C and work two ways by cleaning the body from the inside out, and giving a healthy glow to skin and overall complexion. But what else can it do? 

Natural diuretic

Mixing lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice helps to flush out toxins which have been lurking in the body overnight. Perfect to drink an hour before eating breakfast, the lemon helps the digestive system to easily break down food for the rest of the day.

Vitamins and minerals

Lemons are a natural source of vitamin C which will help the body fight against infection, especially during the winter months when it’s more likely to get sick. Just a few drops of natural lemon juice contains pectin fibre which specifically targets the colon and will help anyone suffering from irregular or inconsistent bowel movements.

Reduces inflammation

When consumed on a regular basis, lemon has the power to reduce acidity in the body especially the amount of uric acid which is found in joints. This helps to fight against some of the main causes of pain and inflammation which many people suffer with age.

Accelerates weight loss

Did you know that pectin fibre which we mentioned earlier, is also the main ingredient to help you lose weight? It specifically targets hunger cravings, and will make you feel fuller for longer throughout the day. Add a few drops of lemon juice in your water at any time of the day to fight off incoming cravings.

Balances pH levels

Although lemons are an acidic fruit, once metabolised the citric acid does not create acidity in the body, which means that they are a perfectly natural alkaline. Drinking warm water with lemon regularly helps to remove any harmful acidity which has made it’s way into the body.

Relieves tooth pain

Warm water with lemon can help to relieve the symptoms of gingivitis and some mild forms of toothaches. Although lemons by nature are very acidic, it is always best to brush your teeth before preparing this drink since it can erode tooth enamel over time.

Fights against viral infections

Next time your throat is sore and tender, prepare warm lemon water before your breakfast to fight off any viral infections which may flare up. The lemon juice will also work to boost your immune system, and help to minimise the infection altogether.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

Apple Varieties – The Full Story

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties of apples growing around the world? They are now in season, so don’t pass up the chance to learn what all the varieties are. Of course we can’t let you know all the different types here today but we have listed some of our Shesaid favourites.One green grocer did give me a very important tip. Don’t wash apples until you are just about to eat or cook them. If you are going to use them in a salad, toss with fresh lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. They are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium. One apple is only .5 grams of fat. So isn’t it time to grab an apple over a packet of chips?

Here is a glossary to take note of:

Type: Red Delicious

Looks Like: Bell-shaped and red

Flavour: Sweet, juicy, firm and crisp

Best for: Just to eat

Type: Golden Delicious

Looks Like: Yellow-green with speckles

Flavour: Very crisp, sweet and easy to eat.

Best for: Eating raw!

Type: Granny Smith

Looks Like: Medium sized and bright green

Flavour: Tart and crisp, very firm

Best for: Baked apples, apple piesType: Rome

Looks Like: Large, deep red, round

Flavour: Dense and smooth. Rich and sweet

Best for: Eating raw, baked apples

Type: Jonagold

Looks Like: Red blushed with gold

Flavour: Spicy, mild-tart but firm and very juice

Best for: Eating raw