There’s nothing like a frosty glass of lemonade on a hot day. But beyond being a delicious way to hydrate, lemons provide a few additional benefits that can help maintain your kidney health and make your low-oxalate diet tastier. Discover some ways this sour citrus favorite can support your kidney health.
Boost Your Nutrients
Benefits of lemon juice start with A, B and C – vitamins A, B and C, that is. The average sized lemon includes 53 mg of vitamin C — almost 90% of your recommended daily allowance on a 2000 calorie diet— B-complex vitamins, fiber and calcium. Lemons also contain more potassium than apples or grapes — as long as you indulge in both the pulp and the juice. Lemons are available year-round, providing a source of good-for-you nutrients that can help you during cold and flu season. Just remember to use moderation and consider your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.
Assist Your Organs
Not only can your immune system get a boost— thanks to the Vitamin C in lemon juice — your kidneys and gut can also benefit from lemon juice. Lemons are high in a fiber called pectin, a prebiotic that encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which can support gut health when you ingest more than just the juice of the lemon. Additionally, citric acid in lemons can increase urine output, which helps you flush waste out of your kidneys. Adding lemon to your water can provide a secondary benefit: providing fresh flavor to your beverage, which helps you stay hydrated.
Add Low-Oxalate Flavor
When you’re following a low-oxalate diet, there are a few spices and seasonings that are off-limits, which can leave some dishes lacking flavor. Lemon juice can be a flavorful addition to your next dish! The tart flavor of lemon juice can not only offset extra-sweet deserts or sides, but can also bring out the natural flavors in your low-oxalate favorites, like fish and chicken. Because lemons fall into the low-oxalate category, your kidney-friendly dinner will taste even more delicious.
When life gives you lemons, turn them into a delicious (low-oxalate!) Arnold Palmer! Next time you’re shopping for your weekly groceries, pick up a few lemons.