When life gives you lemons, don’t just juice them to make lemonade, but use every part to make lemon water and this healthy detox drink.
Lemons are sour, but are are one of the most powerful natural detoxifying fruits known to mankind. In this blog I will be sharing with you my 3 ingredients drink i have been drinking for the last 2 years to help me detox.
Let's Talk Lemon Juice and Peel Detox
Lemons are rich in citric acid, vitamin c, and polyphenols. One of the main lemon polyphenols (LLP) is called the Eriocitrin. This yellow water-soluble antioxidant compound is found in abundance in the juice and peels lemons (NIH).
The National Institute Of Health (NIH) conducted a study to show the effects of lifelong effects of LLP on ageing and gut microorganisms.
This study suggests and concludes as we get older our skin and GI tract age. Regularly including Lemon Polyphenols in our diet may potentially have anti-aging effects not only on our over all health, but also on our intestinal/gut environment.
Studies have shown that positive changes in our gut microbiome of our GI tract may help promote weight loss.
The Harvard School Of Public Health describes microbiome as the coexistence of both good and potentially harmful bacteria or microbes in your gut.
When there is a balance between the good and bad microbes, there is no problem. However, environmental factors and one’s diet can either promote good health or put you at risk for diseases.
In addition to a healthy diet that consist of daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, detoxing is a great way to cleanse and rejuvinate your digestive system and promote healthy gut mirobiome.
A healthy gut microbiome come with many health benefits such as: healthy immune system, removal of toxic substances from the gut, synthesis of certain vitamins and minerals and overall feeling of good health.
Let's Talk The Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is one of the most powerful spice that is used across different cultures in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Ginger root come from the same family as turmeric and cardamon. In addition, honey is a rich source of phenols and other antioxidants that may help promote heart health.
The National Institute of Health publication: Ginger Root, also stated that ginger is high in Vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and fiber.
According to the author, the 3 major active ingredients in ginger are: gingerols, shogoals, and paradol.
In addition, one of the metabolites of gingersol have shown to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract and promote anti-inflammatory and antibacterial/viral effects, soothe the digestive tract, and alleviate nausea.
Moreover, some studies have shown promising health benefits of the intake of 1 g/day of ginger with a sensible diet, for lowering the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, cancer, and those previously mentioned.
What about Honey?
Honey is not only a natural sweetener, but has a number of health benefits. Each variety of honey has a distinctive taste and color.
1 tablespoon of honey contains 17 g of sugar ( fructose, sucrose, maltose and glucose).
According to Healthline honey may help to lower tryglycerides and bad cholesterols when used in place of table sugar as a sweetener.
In addition, the antioxidant properties of honey can also be beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The 48 Hour Detox Cleanse
Please consult with your Health Care Provider before you start any medical or nutrition intervention.
This 48 hours can be done on any 2 consecutive days of the week. I usually start this detox over the weekend: Saturday and Sunday. If you are worried about the sugar content of the honey you can eliminate or reduce the amount.
Drink an 8 oz glass of the lemon-ginger drink; can be cold or warm.
Add 1 cube of the frozen lemon cube to 16 oz water and sip throughout the morning. Repeat this for the rest of the day.
Drink 8 oz of the lemon-ginger drink in the afternoon.
Sip on 16 oz lemon water during the afternoon.
Drink 8 oz. lemon-ginger drink.
Add 1 cup lemon-ice to 16 -18 oz water. and continue to sip throughout the evening.
The Natural Power of Ginger, Lemon and Honey Detox Drink.
A Natural 48 Hour Lemon Detox and Cleanse Drink
- 1 Saucepan
- Knife or vegetable peeler
- Cutting Board
- Lemon Juice Press
- 1 Bowl
- Jug or Jar for storage
- 12 Fresh Organic Lemons
- ½ lb. Fresh Organic Ginger about 2 roots
- ½ cup Honey
- 1 quart Water
- Wash lemons and ginger roots with a vegetable brush under running tap water.
- Slice ginger roots into fairly thin slices or julienne pieces.
- Peel off the rind of the lemons with a knife or vegetable peeler. Do not cut into the flesh of the lemon.
- Set aside the lemon peels.
- Cut each skinless lemon in half.
- Use the juice press to extract the juice into a bowl. Do not discard the remaining lemon carcasses.
- Pour the lemon juice into an ice tray and place it in the freezer. This will be used as part of the detox process. The frozen lemon cubes will be used to make your lemon water.
- In the saucepan bring to boil water and lemon. Add the lemon carcases, the sliced ginger, and lemon peels. Allow to continue to boil for another 5 minutes in the covered saucepan. Remove from flame and allow to cool at room temperature.
- After removing the lemon carcasses, sweeten with honey. Keep refrigerated in jars or a jug with the ginger and lemon peels.
Lemons Detoxify and Cleanses The Body.
Ginger Is Great For Your Digestive System.