“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.”
–Alfred E. Newman
There’s a powerful trend making its way into the morning routines of some of the most popular health-gurus. Maybe you’ve heard about it: drinking Lemon-water or lemonade first thing in the morning. I’ve been doing this daily for over three years, and believe it’s one reason I’ve lost weight without the gout-attacks that used to plague me during weight loss.
Drinking lemonade is a famous home remedy and common recommendation for giving a cleansing push to the liver and lymph after awaking. Simply drinking a glass of boiled water, but not too hot, mixed along with 1 – 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about ½ a lemon’s worth) on an empty stomach in the morning has been shown to work as a gentle way to lose weight. It also purges toxins from the blood, which works to keep a clear complexion — try it and you’ll will see how the skin begins to look smoother and more youthful.
Send Some Love to ‘Your Emperor’ with this Alkalizing Power Food
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the heart is sometimes called ‘the Emperor of all the bodily organs’ and the liver is known as ‘the General’ who’s job is to protect the body. How nice that lemonade is not only good for your vascular system (especially when combined with raw honey and garlic) and according to Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden: “[lemon] is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile”. Like oranges, grapefruits and limes, Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and can prevent and fight scurvy.
I find it fascinating that lemonade is acidic to the taste, but actually are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are near the top of most alkalizing foods. It is said that disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment (specifically, it’s the cornerstone of ‘Gerson Therapy’ (which, yes, is controversial — I’ll address it in detail in a future blog)). Nevertheless, keeping the body’s natural balance at about 7.2 pH is important for preventing many ailements, such as gout. And lemons help.
There’s also something special about its electrolyte properties — they are the only foods that are ‘anionic’ (meaning they contain more negative than positively charged ions). This is said to offer the body more energy (it’s thought that whereas most foods take metabolic energy to assimilate, lemonade actually provides energy to the digestive system).
7 Lemon-Aid Fun facts:
- Lemons have been a food crop in Florida since the 16th century, and became an industry in the 1870s.
- Lemon juice protects DNA and cellular structure and contain 22 anti-cancer compounds.
- Lemon juice helps our immune system regulate itself
- Lemon juice is anti-inflammatory
- Lemon juice can destroy intestinal worms
- Lemons help out in low-oxygen environments. In fact, Edmund Hillary, the first man to succeed at summiting Mt. Everest, said he did it eating lemons.
- Lemon juice is rich in citric acid, which dissolves kidney/gall stones and calcium deposits by forming urinary citrate.
What is Vitamin C, and how might the Vitamin C your consuming be related to Black Mold?
First isolated in 1784 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele from lemon juice, this organic acid is abundant in citrus. It was industrialized into production as “citric acid” in the 19th century, from Italian lemons. A relatively weak acid, it has been used as an additive in processed foods since the early 20th century to prevent botulism. It also adds that distinctive sour flavor to many foods.
In 1917, World War I interrupted the Italian lemon trade and American food chemists replaced the lemon juice derived citric acid with, literally, black mold (Aspergillus niger). Yes — THAT black mold! (certain strains of the mold are harmful if the spores are inhaled). While citric acid can be obtained from lemon or pineapple juice, producing citric acid from black mold is a far less expensive process.
Needless to say: I recommend eating your citrusy fruits instead of relying on cheap “C” substitutes.
Here’s Where YOU Can Help, Dear Reader . . . become a health detective
For two years, I’ve scoured the internet seeking sources that can back up the health and benefit claims of fruits, vegetables, and supplements (sometimes called “boost”).
In the chart below are the health claims I and others have discovered about lemons. Where you see a footnote, you’ll find a link to the source. If there is not a footnote, then that means that the specific health claim is made, but neither I or anyone I know has been able to locate sources of research or anecdote to backup the claim.
So, if you are aware of a direct source of research or anecdotes to back up the claims, please post them in the comments. I’ll check them out and if they meet our standards, I’ll make sure that they’re included in the next edition of the blog and give you a shout-out!
Reported Health Benefit Claims of Lemon:
|Natural antibiotic||Improves digestion|
|Antioxidant||Promotes heart health|
|Prevents asthma||Prevents rheumatoid arthritis|
|Prevents asterosclerosis||Promotes healthy skin|
|Prevents some forms of cancer||Prevents stroke|
|Strenghtens immune system||Prevents osteoporosis|
So, let’s recap: lemonade is good for cleansing the mouth and halting halitosis. Lemonade cleanses the tongue, increases digestive efficiency, relieves thirst, abates coughs (especially when mixed with honey), soothes a mucus-y throat, improves complexion and enhances skin texture. There’s even evidence that lemonade provides a boost to cognitive functions (associated with flavonoids and their ability to increase cerebral blood flow).
Lemon juice naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral: lemon juice destroys the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases! So, boiling hot water and lemon can keep a house clean (and even “kosher”) without the damaging effects of triclosan and an endless parade of other chemicals I have to pause to pronounce.
So, do your body and your home a favor — grab some lemons and use lemon juice to enhance your body and your home!