A Healthy Elixir - Lemon Juice!

Organic Tree Ripened Lemons:  This brilliant burst of sunshine, especially as the northeast is under the veil of our February blizzard, offers amazing health benefits.  Adding this lifestyle habit into your daily life will reap many benefits.  When you wake from your slumber, squeeze a whole lemon into 6-8 oz. of pure clean warm water and drink.  I am now incorporating this morning activity as I contemplate my intentions of the day and do my journal entry.   I allow 15 minutes and within that time, I have framed my day.   As the day comes to an end, I repeat the lemon water on an empty stomach, usually an 1-2 hours before I retire.

Healthy benefits of drinking lemon juice on an empty stomach.

The medicinal value of the lemon is as an antiseptic, an agent that prevents sepsis (the presence of pathogenic bacteria) or putrefaction (decompostiton of the tissue).  It calms the mind, aids the bowels in eliminating waste more efficiently thus controlling constipation and diarrhea.  Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved.  The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons.  It liquifies the bile and very good in cases of malaria.  Sufferers of chronic rheumatism and gout will benefit by taking lemon juice, also those who have a tendency to bleed.  In pregnancy it will help to build bone in the child. We find that the lemon contains certain elements which will go to build up a healthy system and keep that system healthy.  As a food we find owing to its potassium content, it will nourish the brain and nerve cells.   Its calcium builds up the boney structure and makes healthy teeth.

The lemon contains potassium 48.3, calcium 29.9, phosphorus 11.1, magnesium 4.4.  Lemons are useful in treating asthma, colds coughs, sore throat, flue, heartburn, liver complaints, fevers and rheumatism.

Dr. Beddoe (page 19 from A.F. Beddoes book “Biological Ionization of Human Nutrition”)  he states, “Man does not live off the food he eats but off the energy that is produced from the food he eats.    The energy you get from our food comes from the atoms and molecules of energy in your food.  A reaction takes place as cationic food enters the digestive tract and encounters anionic digestive enzymes.

To explain further, an ion is part of a molecule con-atom or a group of atoms that carry an electrical charge.  Ions which carry positive charges are “cations”.  Lemons are considered anionic, having more electrons (negatively charged ions) of energy as compared to cations (positively charged ions) in their atomic structure.  Saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices are also anionic.  Lemon is one of the only foods on the planet that has more anions than cations in its atomic structure.

When considering the electromagnetic properties of food Dr. Beddoe points out that all foods are considered cationic with the exception of fresh, raw lemon juice is similar to digestive enzymes is due to the low amount of sulfur in lemons.  It should be noted that pasteurized and packaged lemon juice is cationic and, therefore, ineffective as a health remedy.

Who Can Benefit from Lemon Water

On page 194 Dr. Beddoe continues “Lemon water is used in every person that can tolerate it.  This is, if there is no allergy to lemon (a very few have a true allergy to lemon) and no active ulcers, than all adults and most children should use lemon water.  The purpose of the lemon is to:

  1. provide a natural strengthening agent to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  2. the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element
  3. the lemon helps fix oxygen and calciums to the liver because it regulates blood carbohydrate levels which affect the blood oxygen levels.

Taken from “The Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water” by Ann Heustad, R.N.

I am not a doctor or a scientist.  I am a nutrition counselor and I happily subject my body to test foods to see if they work for me.  I invite you to do the same with starting and ending each day with the juice of a freshly squeezed organic lemon added to 6-8 ounces of pure warm water.  Would so enjoy hearing your feedback.

From my bones to yours!

One Happy Skeleton