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This month we are bringing you a delicious and healthy recipe which contains both coconut and lemon, two ingredients which we love.

coconut lemon energy snack

1 lemon, zest

2 lemons, juice

¼ c. chia seeds

1 ½ c. raw almonds

8 dates, pitted & chopped

½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut (plus for more garnish, if desired)

¼ t. sea salt

3 T. virgin coconut oil (more…)

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What do you know about the powerful attributes of lemons?

1.      Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

2.      Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

3.      Your liver loves lemons: “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

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4.      Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning. (more…)

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The #vitaminC in lemon juice (and lime juice) is a powerful #antioxidant. It travels through the body neutralizing any free #radicals with which it comes into contact. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, causing damage to the cell. Depending on the cell, the results can be inflammation or disease. Vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing the inflammation caused by #arthritis.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, lemon juice has been long used as an antiscorbutic (to fight scurvy), an astringent, a diuretic (faor water loss) and a febrifuge (to lower fevers).
• Lemon juice in hot water has long been taken as a daily laxative and preventative (hot lemon water is offered at the best spas).
• Lemon juice and honey is used by some as a cold remedy.
• Some people feel it prevents the common cold, although Vitamin C in pill form may be the better way to go, as daily doses of straight lemon juice can erode teeth enamel.

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Origin of lemon

The origin of the lemon has not yet been determined, although science suggests it may be northwestern India, where they have been cultivated for more than 2,500 years. Arab traders brought the lemons to the Middle East and Africa sometime after 100 C.E. It is believed to have been introduced into southern Italy around 200 C.E.; and was being cultivated in Egypt and in Sumer, the southern portion of Mesopotamia a few centuries later.

At first, lemons were not widely cultivated as food: It was largely an ornamental plant (as were tomatoes), until about the 10th century. The Arabs introduced the lemon into Spain in the 11th century, and by 1150, the lemon was widely cultivated in the Mediterranean. Crusaders returning from Palestine brought it to the rest of Europe. (more…)

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