Lemon Juice Detox
Everyday, before I introduce anything else into my body, I work to detox my system. This simple method is not only refreshing, but a welcomed addition to your daily regime. Simply fill a 16 ounce glass with purified water spiked with the juice of half of a freshly squeezed organic lemon. Doing this wakes up your digestive system and works to detoxify your liver and get it ready for the day of eating ahead.
In fact, I drink water with fresh lemon throughout the day, everyday. Lemon juice, even though it is an acid going into your system, it turns alkaline when it hits your digestive track. It can be an important part of keeping your system more alkaline in general.
Keeping the acid levels down in your body is important as it helps keep inflammation down. When inflammation is high in your system, you are more susceptible to diseases such as cancer which feeds on inflammation. The theory is that if your body is able to fight inflammation, it will be better able to fight cancer. An alkaline environment keeps your immune system stronger and more able to fight off disease. To maintain a more alkaline environment, you need to eliminate highly processed foods from your diet. These foods are dangerous and wreck havoc on your system.
Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C. I always keep a bag of fresh, organic lemons in the refrigerator and use at least a couple of them each day. One of my favorite salad dressing recipes is to crush a glove of garlic, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix the garlic, salt and pepper with the juice of ½ a freshly squeezed lemon, 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or adjust to taste) and one tablespoon of either apple cider or balsamic vinegar. Mix it all together and pour over your favorite salad. It is a refreshing, light dressing full of antioxidants and highly alkaline.
Not only is freshly squeezed lemon juice in your water delicious and great for your system, but you can also try squeezing the juice of a lemon into a mug of hot water instead of cold. Making a lemon “tea” is a warming treat in cold weather and it will have the same alkalizing, detoxifying effect.
There are many ways to aid your body in detoxification. Adding this simple lemon detox to your daily regime is a simple addition that will have very positive effects on your health. It is simple to prepare and inexpensive. I have come to rely on my lemon juice detox everyday. I cannot start the day without it.