Lemons provide key to recovering from festive excess

Lemons provide key to recovering from festive excess
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In herbal tea, juice or essential oil, lemon is a fruit rich in minerals that can be utilised in many ways. It is currently the central element of a slimming diet called the "lemon detox cure" which may appeal to some people as they start the New Year after a period of festive excess.

Inspired by the recommendations of naturopath Stanley Burroughs in the 1970s, this cure combines the regular consumption of lemon juice with a balanced diet.

This small citrus fruit is one of the richest fruits in vitamin C with more than 29 mg per 100 mg. This vitamin contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system in addition to reducing fatigue and is therefore a source of vitality, something that is very important in the middle of winter.

This slimming diet falls into the category of low-calorie diets, which involve lowering the number of calories received by the body while consuming lemon juice at regular intervals. Simply incorporate lemon juice into meals, as a condiment.

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At the same time, reduce your intake of red meat, fresh cream and fried foods. These foods bring "bad fat" to the body and promote weight gain. During this detox, your plate should be exclusively composed of foods rich in "good fats" such as avocado, egg or salmon, and whole foods such as rice, pasta or legumes.

This diet can be safely used while combining it with a sports regime as long as the diet remains balanced and does not cause deficiency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week (at least half an hour per day). For more intense activity, this duration should be halved.

Specialists recommend following a lemon cure for 15 to 21 days. Obviously, this method can work differently from one person to another. The best advice is to listen to your body.

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