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    kim_ian_baby2 posted:
    ok so last pg I was obsessed with lemons and limes... i would go to the store just to buy a couple then would come home and scarf them down... this time around i still love it!!! hahaha but I'm kinda just sticking to the "real lemon juice" fake lemons.... its easier to consume!!!! hahahaha anyone else?? what does this mean if anything??
    kim_ian_baby2 responded:
    well... updateish thingy... my mom bought a bunch of lemons and limes at the store a little while ago cuz I was looking up stuff about lemons and limes.... they are incredibly good for you!!!! not so good for teeth (gotta brush or chew some sugar free/teeth cleaning gum afterwards) but does wonders for canker sores gums prevention of heart disease high blood pressure lowers risk of cancer and so on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy I'm not

    Lemons are usually known for their high content of Vitamin C - four times higher than that of oranges. Hungarian scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgi, uncovered a synergy between pure Vitamin C and a then unidentified cofactor in the peels of lemons and called the resulting compound Vitamin P. Still known as such, Vitamin P particularly benefits the capillaries by reducing pain and improving blood circulation. It also heals cataracts, decreases bile production, alleviates herpes and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

    Other important properties of lemons are their mineral contents. They contain 48.3% potassium, which nourishes the brain and nerve cells; 29.9% calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth; and 4.4% magnesium, which in conjunction with calcium, plays an important part in the formation of albumen in the blood.

    In addition to their nutritional benefits, the smell and the taste of lemons can help fuel a general release of stress. In aromatherapy, lemon oil is used as a muscle relaxant and a skin and circulation stimulant. Rubbed on the face, lemons open up the pores releasing heat and refreshing the skin.

    Lemons have other therapeutic effects on the body as well. Drinking lemon juice helps cleanse the lymphatic system, invigorate skin tissue and increase the blood flow. This might be one reason for the popularity of lemonade on a hot, sticky day. Eaten during pregnancy, lemons help build the developing baby's bones. Lemons also aid in the digestion of heavy meals by producing the necessary enzymes and in the assimilation of protein, calcium, zinc and vitamins.

    Lemons also have cholesterol-lowering properties, thus preventing hair loss and even causing hair regeneration. They counteract cases of anxiety and depression; stimulate the liver and the gall bladder, causing a release in congestion; stimulate the formation of valuable leukocytes in the fight against viral and infectious diseases; drain excess water in cases of water retention; reduce uric acid; and stimulate the lymphatic system in cases of cellulite and obesity.

    In order to fully benefit from their effects, lemons should be consumed without sugar. Otherwise the negative effects of the sugar (such as lowering immunity, interfering with digestion and leeching vitamins and minerals from the system) may outweigh their beneficial effects. The limonenes and liminoids in lemons and other citrus fruits, increase the activity of enzymes that detoxify certain carcinogens. These alkaloids bind mutated cells and help the body to eliminate them before they become carcinogenic.
    Jen__ responded:
    I guess its a good obsession to have. I can't eat lemons or limes. Too tart for me.
    scgirl1980 responded:
    I totally love lemon juice since I have been pregnant. I will get a big glass of ice water and squeeze a lemon in it. I love it!! It tastes good and it keeps me drinking water all day. That's funny- I thought it was just me!!
    jen_brownlee_97 responded:
    I just read that 2 oz. of lemon juice per day can also prevent kidney stones. (I suspect I have one, so I'm researching what they can do besides hurt during pregnancy.)
    Kasary responded:
    interesting! I first had my Lemon craving a couple of weeks ago. I was talking to a friend on the phone and suddenly I wanted lemons. DH was so scared about this new "crazy lady" request he ran to the store and got me a bunch of lemons. However, I used most of them to make homemade lemonades... with sugar!

    Thank you for posting this.
    March_mommy2be responded:
    Lurking from 3rd tri...

    Lol During my first tri I was OBSESSED with lemons! Me and DF went to Ihop for breakfast one morning and I ordered ice water with lemon, and DF ordered iced tea. His ice tea came with lemon so I ate mine, (sprinkled salt on it and at everything but the skin)and then asked for his... Then ended up asking the waitress for 3 more lemons... Pregnancy is a strange thing!
    kayla_noelle responded:
    I have been loving some lemons, too! And I read an old wives tale that said that cravings for sour stuff means your having a girl...i don't put much stock in those things...but it's fun to speculate
    kim_ian_baby2 responded:
    yea I read that last pg too but I had a
    andprice responded:
    That's funny....I was out today, thinking how good a limeade julius sounded...I thought it was just because it was hot! So I got home and made myself one. It was yummy! But now that you mention it, my neighbor craved lemon when she was pregnant too.
    MommaMiaa responded:
    ive always added a little bit of lemon juice to my water but now I am eating lemons like crazy. I just peel it like it was an orange and dig in! hahaha

    As far as the old wives tale and having a girl if you crave lemons, I am having a boy:)
    SSMitch replied to kayla_noelle's response:
    Well, I can honestly say that I was addicted to lemon ices (yummy) when I was pregnant. I had a beautiful little boy. That was in 1969. Then again in 1974, I was addicted to Dairy Queen Dilly Bars and had a beautiful baby girl.mmm maybe I should check into that! You are right though it's fun to speculate.

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