If another client dares to ask me about the lemon juice diet, the latest fad diet gimmick designed to make the incredulous believe they can lose weight without actually making any effort, then rather than scream I think I may invent my own new “lemon juice-esque” diet trick. How about the kiwi rind diet? With every meal you eat in a day, simply add 1 slice of kiwi rind per 5 minutes that you are sat at the dinner table. Sounds ridiculous? Yes, but so are the claims that drinking squeezed lemon juice will drop kgs of body fat with no other change in variable.
The problem with fads and over hyped diet gimmicks (of which the lemon juice diet is just the tip of the iceberg) though is that sometimes we lose the good due to the dollar focused hyperbole. Freshly squeezed lemon juice can certainly aid digestion (as can lime juice) so its not that its all bad for any diet, rather its just not the panacea to all our weight loss woes!
I picked out this information from Proliberty –
“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.”
Who Can Benefit From Lemon Water / Juice
Dr. Beddoe continues on page 194: “Lemon water is used in every person that can tolerate it. That is, if there is no allergy to lemon (a very few have a true allergy to lemon) and no active ulcers, then all adults and most children should use the lemon water. The purpose of the lemon 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.”
In the above book, Dr. Beddoe also cites an article by Dr. Michael Lesser on the medical promise of citric acid in “Anabolism, Journal of Preventive Medicine.” He uses this article to validate the value of using fresh lemon juice daily: “It appears that citric acid, the major carrier of biochemicals in the body’s energy system, shows important promise, primarily because of its excellent properties as a chelator. Its ability to form soluble complexes with calcium offers major promise in the successful treatment of pancreatic stones and has also been employed to dissolve kidney stones. Since calcium deposits are of major significance in the much greater problem of hardening of the arteries, citric acid may possibly contribute to a safe and effective reversal of this widespread degenerative disease.”
Even though medical doctors are not currently employing lemon juice in the treatment of the above conditions, this article substantiates the fact that one of the benefits of fresh lemon water is the way the citric acid is able to act upon the body’s systems differently than any other food.”
How much lemon juice to use
* If you are in good health and weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze the juice of one half a lemon into a glass of purified water and drink this mixture twice a day (one whole lemon a day.)
* If you weigh over 150 pounds, squeeze the juice out of an entire lemon into a glass of purified water and drink this mixture twice a day (two whole lemons a day.) The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.
* To help your body get the energy from the food you are eating, drink lemon water regularly.