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The Lemon Detox Diet & How It Works

31 August 2009

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A lot of us have heard about the lemon detox diet, which effectively means going on a fast for 3-5 days (or longer) and consuming nothing but a mixture of syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.  The promoted benefits on the website – www.lemondetox.com – include: weight loss, increased energy & vitality, shinier hair & stronger nails, clearer skin & eyes, better digestion and a greater sense of well-being.  This is all good stuff, but why would we need to do this and is there an alternative?
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We generally eat and drink, and therefore digest, a lot of stuff during the day.  Hopefully some good (fruits, veggies, water etc.) and some not so good (processed food, fatty food, fizzy drinks, alcohol etc).  We also either ingest, breathe in or rub into ourselves many things that contain chemicals – some harmless, others not so harmless, especially when mixed together:
Pesticides, Herbicides,Fungicides, Fertilisers, Growth Hormones, Antibiotics, Vaccinations, Ripening Agents, Colourings, Additives, Sweeteners, Preservatives, Waxes, Hydrogenated Oils, Trans-fats, Cigaret Smoke, Benzene, Methanol, Radiation Treatment, Mobile signals, Wifi signals excetera.
Fortunately, our liver, kidneys and colon do a pretty good job at cleansing out most of the waste/toxins from this consumption.  The natural detoxification process takes place during the night when we’re sleeping – resetting various systems and getting us back into balance.  Going on a lemon detox takes this natural detoxification process one step further by resting the organs completely and helping to flush the system completely.  However, it is quite extreme, needs to be undertaken very carefully and not very often; an alternative is to develop the habit of drinking a freshly made lemon drink first thing in the morning before breakfast.
Upon waking, boil the kettle and then do the following:
1. Cut a lemon in half (use one half, save the other half until the next day)
2. Squeeze the juice into a glass by using a small spoon to hollow out the middle or better still, buy a basic lemon squeezer from a supermarket for a few dollars / pounds.
3. Add the juice to a medium size glass
4. Fill the glass with half filtered water and half boiled water to make a lukewarm mixture
5. Drink slowly
It acts as a natural cleanser – sweeping through our liver, kidneys and colon, mopping up toxins and residues.

A lot of us have heard about the lemon detox diet, which effectively means fasting for 3-5 days and consuming nothing but a mixture of syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon juice – but how does it actually work?

The promoted benefits on the website  www.lemondetox.com include: weight loss, increased energy & vitality, shinier hair & stronger nails, clearer skin & eyes, better digestion and a greater sense of well-being.  Good stuff, but is it dangerous and is there an alternative?

We generally eat and drink, and therefore digest, a lot of stuff during the day – some good (fruits, veggies, water) and some not so good (processed / fatty food, fizzy drinks, alcohol).  We also either ingest, breathe in or rub into ourselves a surprising amount of things that contain chemicals – some harmless, others not so, especially when mixed together:

Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Fertilisers, Growth Hormones, Antibiotics, Vaccinations, Ripening Agents, Colourings, Additives, Sweeteners, Preservatives, Waxes, Hydrogenated Oils, Trans-fats, Cigaret Smoke, Benzene, Methanol, Radiation Treatment, Mobile signals, Wifi signals ect.

Fortunately, our liver, kidneys and colon do a pretty good job at cleansing out most of the waste/toxins from this consumption.  The natural detoxification process takes place during the night when we’re sleeping – resetting various systems and getting us back into balance. Going on a lemon detox takes this natural detoxification process one step further by resting the organs and helping to flush the system completely.  However, it is quite extreme, needs to be undertaken very carefully and shouldn’t be carried out too often; an alternative is to develop the habit of drinking a freshly made lemon drink first thing in the morning before breakfast:

Upon waking, boil the kettle and then do the following:

1. Cut a lemon in half (use one half, save the other half for the following day).

2. Squeeze the juice into a glass.

3. Add the juice to a medium size glass.

4. Fill the glass with half filtered water and half boiled water, making a lukewarm mixture

5. Drink slowly before breakfast

This freshly squeezed juice acts as a natural cleanser: sweeping through our liver, kidneys and colon, mopping up toxins and residues processed during the night, and giving us a fantastic start to the day.

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3 Comments »

  • Rob Sharp said:

    A couple of years ago I would have laughed at any suggestion of hot water and lemon to start the day. 24 months later and i wouldnt want anything else first thing and now neither would my wife…

    One of my best mates mocked for during a stag do breakfast around a year ago, low and behold I hear he is on it too! Highly recommended! Personally i dont bother with the filtered water but definately lukewarm. Give it a try!

  • Mike Newell said:

    yes I agree, I have been taking the lemon treatment for a couple of months now, and it does work. highly recommended, try it for a week, what do you have to lose?

    regards

    mike newell

  • Devin Doutt said:

    You didn’t say how old you are. Doing a colon cleanse is a good thing but the rules have to be followed for you to do it in a healthy manner. There is a tea that you can get from your health food store. It is a TEA NOT a SYSTEM. Follow the directions. Also try drinking more water to keep hydrated. Try more salads and fruits. Stay away from junk, you konw the junk I’m talking about! The teenage junk food!

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