Here’s a fact, over 300 million people around the world suffers from asthma, the most common chronic disease among children. Their number is on the rise, particularly in low and middle-income countries, according to World Allergy Organization.
But here’s the good news, asthma remedy can be found right in your kitchen—in the form of those zesty, tangy lemons.
Why Lemon Works So Well
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which boost the immune system and help the body fight germs and bacteria as well ward off allergens. For thousands of years, people use it for the treatment of throat infections, dental problems, constipation, indigestion, rheumatism, high blood pressure and respiratory disorders.
The citric acid found in fresh lemon juice is a major carrier of nutrients important in the body’s energy system. It cleanses and strengthens the lungs, allowing asthma sufferers to breathe easily. The antioxidant properties of lemons also help combat allergens entering the respiratory system, preventing them from triggering an asthma attack.
A recent study conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that inhaling limonene, the main chemical component found in citrus oil, can help prevent childhood asthma triggered by ultraviolet radiation exposure. Researchers found that limonene can function extremely well as an ozone scavenger, fighting ozone chemicals which can induce airway inflammation and lung injury in both humans and animals.
3 Ways to Include Lemon in Your Daily Diet
Drink lemon water throughout day
Squeeze a lemon in a pitcher of water, and drink the mixture throughout the day as a substitute for water. The lemon works as an antiseptic. It can kill the bad bacteria present in the mucus underlining of your air vessels, allowing you to breathe more easily.
Start your day with a lemon and warm water
Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee to perk you up in the morning, try squeezing 1/2 lemon in a glass of warm water to start your day. This health drink will keep you feeling refreshed and revitalized throughout the day without the energy crash most people experience after the energizing effect of caffeine fades.
Use pure lemon as substitute for sauces and dressing
Lemon juice can be perfect substitute for dressing on salads, sauces for fish or chicken, or mayo for sandwiches. Pairing it with other food makes it easier to include in your diet as a remedy for asthma. Not to mention, it can add zest and zing to your food without the unwanted calories.