Detox With Lemon

Inspired by The Tao of Detox, by Daniel Reid (Inner Traditions, 2006).

It doesn’t get much easier than this: when you need help combating the ill effects of certain foods or drinks, pollution, stress, smoking, and more, just open the fridge! Yes, one of our most powerful allies is something we commonly cook with–the tart and zesty lemon has been used for centuries as a potent detoxifier. But what makes it so helpful? Find out the surprising science behind lemon for detox, and get our most popular lemony detox tea formula below.

An overly acidic system has been linked to a host of health woes, so anything that helps us to alkalize is a good thing. That’s where lemon comes in. But according to Daniel Reid’s The Tao of Detox, lemon is also the only food in the world that carries a negative molecular charge, making it “anionic,” just like the digestive enzymes in our bodies (such as hydrochloric acid). Surprisingly, other citrus fruits aren’t anionic–only fresh lemon.

Lemon’s negative ionic charge, combined with its strongly alkalizing effects, makes it a terrific detoxifier. Dr. Carey A. Reams, in his Biological Theory of Ionization, says that, “All the foods we eat are cationic with the exception of lemon…when it goes into the system it can be converted into some 6 billion different enzymes with less chemical change than any other natural substance known to man.”

Lemon helps to produce the bile necessary to properly digest food and assimilate nutrients, so it rebuilds the liver.

It is important to remember that the juice must be consumed fresh; The Tao of Detox recommends drinking it mixed with water on an empty stomach. Or you could try this delicious Zesty Lemon Detox Tea.

Spa Cuisine: Zesty Lemon Detox Tea - Recipe

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels

This recipe was designed as a cleansing tea to stimulate processing of excess fats in the body, rev up circulation, and provide essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals - a perfect blend of nutrients. It’s a great aid in undoing the effects of holiday over-indulgence, and Annie says she was given the same tea by a helpful friend after she was exposed to toxic chemicals. But it tastes so good, you’ll want to come back for seconds: we had a crock-pot filled with it for a recent women’s workshop and it was gone in no time!

This is a great recipe that really gets around - and it’s so easy to prepare.


For each serving:

* Enough freshly-boiled water to fill your teacup or mug
* 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
* Freshly-squeezed juice of half a lemon
* Cayenne pepper to taste

Simply stir ingredients together in your mug or cup. Be careful with the cayenne: a little goes a long way.

HELPFUL HINTS: We’ve recently learned that this recipe was originally formulated by Stanley Burroughs, creator of the Master Cleanser Diet. It’s such a great recipe that it crops up everywhere; I first received it from a friend.

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3 Responses to “Detox With Lemon”

  1. I love using lemon. Whenever we feel a cold coming on, we drink quite a bit of it. I can’t tell you how many viruses we’ve sidestepped with lemon! Great article. I didn’t know about the benefits to the liver. I just discovered your blog today, and it’s very interesting! I’ll be visiting regularly for certain. Thanks!

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