I don’t know about you, but I already feel the need to cleanse, and it’s only been Halloween. It’s not even Thanksgiving or Christmas yet.
Uuugh. I’m already craving sugar like there’s no tomorrow.
I wish I could say I want the more “healthy” kind of sugar like fig newtons and date logs. But NO. We’re talking straight up buttered toffee and salted caramel truffles.
You know. Those things made entirely out of refined sugar and processed dairy and all the things I don’t believe in?! Yeah, those things.
But that’s when I know it’s time to re-train my taste buds. It’s time to cleanse the palate and start over. Because seriously, refined sugar is a slippery slope. The more you eat it, the more you want it. And the more you want it, the more you eat it!
Next thing you know, your pancreas is keeled over and you end up feeling sluggish all day.
So I’ve decided to go on a cleanse before it gets out of control. Before I gain ten pounds by Thanksgiving. And before I stalk the pantry every two hours like a lethargic leopard looking for the next sugar high.
One of the best and easiest ways I’ve found to nip my sweet tooth in the bud, is to drink lemon water.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is. But it makes such a huge difference. I have found it to be the most effective and inexpensive way to get my taste buds and my body back on track.
It is truly one of the simplest things I can do to detoxify on a daily basis.
And now that I’ve discovered pure lemon essential oil, it has become even more simple. I just drop a few drops in my glass of Kangen water, and I’m on my way. No fuss. No muss. And no more horrors of opening the fridge door to grab a lemon and realizing I am out of lemons, only to realize that its WINTER and I have to bundle up two kids in hats and gloves and boots, and figure out how to strap in all those layers to a carseat, just to get to the store, for ONE lemon!
All you parents of preschoolers, you feel me, right??? You know my pain.
Hallelujah, now I can just reach for my lemon essential oil, which never spoils and costs me less time and money (and STRESS!) than buying lemons. Plus, it has much more of the active component, d Limonene, than the fresh juice does. I don’t know much about Limonene, except that it is the thing that makes lemon so effective at flushing fat and dissolving gallstones and removing waste from the body.
That’s good enough for me.
The oil I use is from Doterra and naturally contains over 70% of this compound. It is cold pressed from the rinds of Italian lemons which are much larger and sweeter and coincidentally much higher in Limonene than those grown anywhere else.
I love that about Doterra. They find the best place to raise the best plants to make the best oils.
Anyway. Back to the lemon water.
Lemons are also alkalizing to the body. In his book, The Ph Miracle, Dr Robert O Young, explains the importance of lemon in maintaining an optimal, slightly alkaline internal environment. He suggests drinking water with baking soda or lemon to combat the cancer-causing, acid-producing foods we eat, such as sugar. Even foods that contain natural sugars (like sweet fruits) are often acidic to the body.
So it is necessary to bring ourselves back into balance with alkaline foods like lemon.
Many health experts suggest drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach, to maximize its cleansing benefits. I personally like to drink it first thing in the morning. It helps to release bile and flush toxic waste from the liver, when your colon is clean. And the warmth of the water stimulates peristalsis of the colon and intestines. Not to mention, it starts your taste buds out on the right foot, for the rest of the day.
I have found that if I eat something sweet in the morning, I want sweets all day. But if I start out with lemon water, I naturally lean more toward alkaline foods the rest of the day.
How about you?
Are you tired of all the sugar and sweets from Halloween and don’t want to wait until Spring and after the holidays to detox? Perhaps, like me, you need a little help to navigate the next few sugar-laden months and to keep your blood sugar from going beserk from all the sweets?
Try some lemon water. Every day! Squeeze some citrus into your H20. Drop a few drops of its essential oil into your water. Bite into a lemon wedge, heck, I don’t care. Do ALL of the above!
Even if you don’t feel the need for a detox, you can still benefit from this daily practice. We can all use a little boost in Vitamin C, we can all handle a bit more fiber and enzymes.
And let’s face it. Unless you’re a buddhist living in the hills of Cambodia, eating absolutely pure vegetation all day long, then you probably have some toxins going on…
Let’s face it. We live in the land of buttered toffee and holidays made of sugar.
Let’s give our poor little pancreas a break and drink some lemon.
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