I love lemons. As a child I would pick lemons off our trees and eat them like apples. Later in life, when I began my culinary education in raw foods, I used lemons in everything, especially desserts. It was good news for me then that, while living in Greece, a meal rarely passed without the use of these yellow beauties.
Today I enjoy warm lemon water first thing in the morning, an hour before bed or thirty minutes after a meal. Incorporating lemons into the diet is easy and inexpensive and considering the amount of money and time I use to prepare homemade foods for my family, lemons are my lifesaver. Here are a few additional reasons why I lam crazy about lemons:
-Extremely alkalizing. Drinking lemon first thing in the morning reconfigures your body to metabolize efficiently and to burn fat all day long. When the body is more alkaline and less acidic, it is more likely to avoid disease. (Acidosis is one of the basic precursors of disease.) This fact alone is a reason to start your day with lemon water.
-Great for your stomach and digestive system. Keeps you lean and regular.
-Antibacterial. Studies have proven that lemon juice kills the bacteria that cause malaria, cholera, typhoid, and other major diseases.
-Natural form of vitamin C, which is MUCH more powerful that the synthetic version. Helps you to metabolize calcium.
-Natural form of citric acid, 7.2%, an antioxidant that balances the body.
Drinking your lemon water with cayenne pepper or raw honey are also options. Cayenne pepper kills cancer cells, lowers blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and immediately boosts the metabolism. Raw honey has a various health benefits as well, however, I enjoy the tart taste of lemon water and opt to save my honey consumption for a sweet treat later in the day. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating condensed amounts of lemon as there is a possibility for it to damage tooth enamel.
It is important to note that if you tend to run cold (cold hands and feet, usually feel chilly) TCM advice states that lemons are “cold” in nature and should either be used sparingly or combined with a warmer food, such as cinnamon, pepper or nutmeg. According to TCM, lemons clear heat and cause qi to descend. Lemons are recommended for nausea and vomiting.