Hi all...for a while now I've known that drinking lemon juice (freshly squeezed organic mind you!) daily helps out us lymies. It's listed in a lot of our threads, but just as that "in a list". I have often wondered why; what is so great about the lemons, how does it work in our body, and how does it fight the keets...and thought maybe there are those newer to the board that wonder that also.
So I thought I would post some of the info I have found out about this wonder juice for anyone who is interested...and maybe some will be able to add extra info or pointers along the way. I found this info pretty interesting and it made a lot of sense....so here it goes:
I found a lot of this great info in a book by Jethro Kloss called Back to Eden:
“The medicinal value of the lemon is as follows: It is an antiseptic, or is an agent that prevents sepsis [the presence of pathogenic bacteria] or putrefaction [decomposition of tissue]. It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which will prevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities.”
Because of all the digestive qualities found in lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are also aided in eliminating waste more efficiently and helping to control constipation and diarrhea.
“Its magnesium, in conjunction with calcium, has an important part to play in the formation of albumen in the blood. The lemon contains potassium 48.3, calcium 29.9, phosphorus 11.1, magnesium 4.4. Lemons are useful in treating asthma, biliousness, colds, coughs, sore throat, diphtheria, la grippe [flu or influenza], heartburn, liver complaint[s], scurvy, fevers and rheumatism.”
Just a note...I tried to find out what "albumen" is in the blood...however my searches pulled up way too technical info that my lyme brain couldn't process...maybe someone else knows this one?
Also I had wondered why lemon juice...it's acidic...aren't our bodies too acidic from the lyme? Here is what I found out from my searching....
Once digested inside the body the lemon juice becomes alkaline. Our stomach enzymes convert it amazingly. The research out there states that b/c of this lemon juice is great aide for increasing the pH inside your body to a more alkali level. Definitely something we lymies need!
Also there is research by a Dr. Beddoe that states that purpose of the lemon juice is to;
a) provide a natural strengthening agent to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute.
b) The liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element.
c) The lemon helps fix oxygen and calciums in the liver because it regulates blood carbohydrate levels which affect the blood oxygen levels.
We all know how our bodies struggle to get oxygen and how important it is for our liver/kidneys/etc to be cleansed and get our enzymes motivated...so the little bit of lemon juice does all this...it just amazes me. I really had no idea!
There's lots of ideas on how much and when to add the lemon juice in your diet or drinks....
For joint pains I found this suggestion, one or two ounces of lemon juice diluted in water should be taken three times a day: one hour before meals and at bedtime.
But in general it seems to me the consenus is to put half a juiced lemon in your water first thing in the morning as it is very helpful for the body's cleansing process and good support for the organs involved (liver, kidneys, colon). Also repeat throughout the day with meals, or just in the evening.
Now if I could just figure out why taking a bath as a detox with those 5 lemons works...I would be happy!
I know this is a lot of info, and many of you probably already are aware of all of the wonders that lemons seem to possess. But for me as being a former teacher I like to know the whys of what I'm doing, so this helped me put it all in perspective and see the importance of trying to fit some more lemon juice into my day. Hope this helps some you out as well.