The Dynamic Duo: Lemon and Water

July 21, 2012

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Lemon and water is one of the best drinks you can give to your body, girlfriend. No joke. But, before I present the Top 5 Reasons Why( see below), I want to share a patient story with you. Oh you bet, there is a lesson in it about this dynamic duo.

A dear friend of mine came to me with health concerns regarding how to remove the toxins from her sexy body after rounds of chemotherapy. It was time to get the gunk out, but she was not sure how. Also, my dear friend was concerned on how to clean up her lifestyle to prevent cancer from rearing it’s monster head.

It went sort of like this.

Hey Doc, you gotta a minute to come over and help show me what the heck to do to get this crap out of me?, she asks.

You bet I do, I reply.

And, while you are here do you think you can go through my cupboard and fridge and take out all the bad stuff as well?, she adds

I would love to! , I giggle.

So, I venture over with huge garbage bags ready to divide and conquer the junk food in her house. But, before I party with the toss out, I sit down and explain to her why junk, fake and processed foods create a cancer love garden within her body. Our goal is to keep her body alkaline, full of energy from real foods, and loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And, as I toss out each junk item, I explain to her why it is horrible for her and what she is to replace it with. I got a lot of  Holy crap, I didn’t know that! 

But here is the lesson in the story.

After taking out her soda and fake drinks (such as Crystal Light and Snapple), she goes to me Hey Einstein, what am I going to drink?

I laughed at her and replied, Ok. You are gonna hate me for this, but you are only to drink fresh lemon squeezed in water.

I can do that. So why am I gonna hate you? What’s the catch? , she questions.

I go, Listen. Lemon is a detoxifiier. It is going to really rattle your liver and purify it. All that chemo is gonna come out and when it does, honey, you are gonna hate me for it. Trust me. You are gonna sweat like no menopause could ever do! 

She naively responds, Bring it on!

Well, three days later she calls me up and goes, Hey you it’s me. I don’t know if I should hate your sexy butt or love it. I am sweating like the Niagara falls. I can’t even go anywhere, but thank you. And,who would of thought.. a friggin  lemon!

So, hail Lemon and Water. You rock and protect our hot momma bodies!

 

Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why!

1. Lemon is a Detoxifier: Once metabolized, lemon will clean out your liver of impurities and toxins. Think of your lint filter in your dryers. Yup! Your liver is the lint filter and the lemon is gonna clean that sucker out!  It also is a diuretic. It increases urination, so this helps purify the body and  get the toxins out the door.

2. Boosts Your Immune System: Lemon is loaded with Vitamin C which is great at pumping up your little army within. Go fighters!

3. Clean and Clear Skin: By detoxifying the body, lemon keeps the skin free of impurities and toxins. Shine baby, shine.

4. Helps Digestions: Ugh heart burn and reflux. Lemon to the rescue.  As lemon detoxifies, it aides the liver in producing bile which is necessary for proper digestion. Lemon also helps move the bowels, so ladies, the constipation and diarrhea are not a problem.

5. It keeps the body alkaline: This is huge because an alkaline body is one that hates cancer, loves weight loss and parties on with health. Disease and problems galore can stem from an acidic body (this sucker loves inflammation which causes disease), so drinking lemon and water daily will keep the body balanced.

Oh, and you will lose weigh to boot!

 

Resources or if ya need a little more boost:

http://www.quantumbalancing.com/news/lemon%20water.htm

http://lajollamom.com/2011/01/drink-warm-lemon-water-in-the-morning/

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy January 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for the info. Can you use concentrated Lemon Juice?
I know it is a silly question. But, that is all I have in the
house right now. I love your site. :)

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Dr. Lisa January 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Lucy,

I am go glad you love the site. I really enjoy getting health out there cyber style! Your question is a rocket star one. I dig it. I am sure you know that natural lemons are your best choice, but since all you have is Lemon Juice from concentrate, you must look at the ingredients in it. Most of the conventional types have very harmful ingredients. Does your juice have ingredients such as the following?

Lemon juice from concentrate (water, concentrated lemon juice), sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite and sodium sulfite (preservatives), lemon oil.

Sodium benozonate, sodium metabisulfate and sodium sulfite are very harmful to the body. And, to make this even more wicked, when Vitamin C (which is high in lemons) is combined sodium benzoate, the benozonate reacts to form benzene, a scary substance that is listed by health authorities as a carcinogen.

Now, if your lemon juice is organic and natural (I call this Naked), you will be okay. The ingredients should look like this:

Pure Filtered Water, Concentrated Lemon Juice

I hope this helps. I am going to use your question on our Moxie Monday because I have been wanting to chat about sodium benzonate! So excited! Woot Woot!
Thank you for your question. And, a little tip. If you don’t use the whole lemon and don’t want it to go to waste, you can freeze the cut part. But, if you are committed to drinking water with lemon, you should easily use the entire lemon quickly. Go fresh, raw and naked lemons!

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Ellen January 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

Great info! Thanks! Silly question…Does it matter if you use room temperature water or refridgerated/ice water with the lemon to get the full benefit of the detoxification?

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Dr. Lisa January 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Ellen,
No question is silly, esp here! Actually, it is a fab question. Okay, you should not drink water (or a drink) up to 15 minutes before a meal and up to an hour after. This is so your body can focus on digesting your healthy food, absorbing nutrients and prevent cramping. If you are to drink water and/or water with lemon during a meal (water is rockstar choice), drink small sips. The lemon will help with digestion and absorption. Now, warm water is better here than cold because warm will help with digestion and cold will create constricting of digestive and absorption process.

Room temperature with fresh lemon is best esp with detoxification. The warm water aides in the digestive and enzymatic properties of the lemon. Hot or cold can slow this all down.

That all said, it seems to get patients to drink water with lemon (and kick the soft drinks and others out) is quite difficult. Change. Resistance. Fear. So, I am very happy if you choose lemon with hot, room temperature or cold filtered water. Get to like it. Embrace it. Learn to love it. The long term health benefits are amazing.

Hope that helps. :)

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Dr. Lisa January 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

PS… if you put the actual lemon slice in the water (with the peel on it), you should beware of pesticides on a non organic lemon. You do not want this residue in your water. Just a side note! xo

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