When Life Hands You Lemons…

Your health can benefit from the heat -- here's how.

By Bridget Nelson from Reader's Digest | July 2007

Hold on to your beach hat! Surprising news about some warm-weather staples.

     

  • 1.

    Lemonade.

    It may prevent kidney stones. In a long-term study, Duke University doctors found that people who drank a daily mix of lemon juice and water had increased levels of urinary citrate (low levels are linked to stones). Avoid sugary, calorie-laden mixes and stick to ’ades made with real lemon juice.

  • 2.

    Air conditioning.

    It may make us fat. Before AC, we had to expend energy (and burn calories) to regulate body temperature; now it’s done for us. So turn off the air once in a while, open the windows and let your body do its job.

  • 3.

    Watermelon.

    Don’t store uncut melon in the fridge: It may be healthier at room temperature. Why? Cancer-fighting carotenoids still develop after a melon is picked, but cold temps seem to slow the process.