Lemons have remarkable healing properties. They are a great detox! They are also known for weight loss, cold preventative, antibiotic properties, vitamins, minerals, alkalizing, anti-cancer etc! In Ayurvedic medicine, lemon peel is used to clean and tone the liver.
Lemon water is one of the best ways to alkalize the body. It aides in digestion. This must be one of the easiest, cheapest, most delicious ways to detox!
You can lose weight and detox your body by just adding lemon water to your diet. No need to Master Cleanse, fast, add cayenne (although that is beneficial) or buy anything! It is one of the simplest, most inexpensive way to boost your health.
I buy organic lemons, wash well, cut it in half and throw it in the blender with water. You can add honey, ginger and or cayenne pepper for added benefits. The fewer steps anything requires, the more likely I am to do it, so I keep it simple. Lately, I do lime, coconut oil and a bit of aloe from my plant.
Lemons benefits include:
- aids in digestion and weight loss
- antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic
- known to relieve asthma
- great skin cleanser
- relieving heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems
- stimulates the liver and kidneys
- rich in Vitamin C
- lemon juice contains calcium, magnesium and potassium
- b-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folates
- can help dissolve kidney stones
- antibacterial (one reason it has been used for centuries with seafood)
- helps in white blood cell production
Rich in phytochemicals like hesperetin and naringenin which are free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory and immune system modulator. This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidant injury to DNA
The peel makes the drink delicious!
Limonene from peel has great healing properties. Studies have shown anti-cancer effects. Limonene increase the levels of liver enzymes involved in detoxifying carcinogens. The Glutathione S-transferase is a system which eliminates carcinogens. It is the master detox! Limonene promotes the glutathione in the liver and small bowel, thereby decreasing the damaging effects of carcinogens and toxic chemicals.
Sweetened lime water which includes the peel is a common drink. This is the origin of the Margarita. Try this and you will find “margarita mix” nasty cool-aide from now on. Next time you go to have a drink try lime water and a little tequila. It is full of health properties! (I am aware of the toxic potential of alcohol, but if you drink, make it healthy).
Lemon Detox is like doing a Master Cleanse without the fasting. I was in a house in Greece for a few weeks last year. I started feeling ill from the toxins from a nearby plastic factory. There was a lemon tree in the yard, I started drinking the lemons all day and recovered my well being in a few days.
Limes have some different properties, but can be used in the same way.
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