Most illnesses arise due to an acidic state in the body – human cells thrive in a slightly alkaline environment.
How can we achieve a more alkaline blood pH level?
The “normal” pH range for blood is between 7.30 and 7.45. Blood pH is a good indication of how much oxygen is available to the cells.
This fact is really important!
According to many doctors and health practitioners, lack of oxygen to the cells is one of the primary causes of disease - including cancer.
Most bacteria and viruses thrive in a slightly acidic environment – this explains why people get more susceptible to 'colds' and 'the flu' when their blood is acidic.
A good way to move towards a more balanced, alkaline state is drinking alkaline water.
Drinking more water in general holds many health benefits - not to say that it overrides all of our bad habits... a great start!
How to make Alkaline Water?
Yes! Add some fresh lemon juice to the water you're drinking... and voila! - alkaline drinking water!
Lemon juice raises the drinking water pH level and makes it alkaline!
Another effective way to make alkaline water is to add Activated or regular Charcoal...
Find out more about the other many benefits of activated charcoal...
Lemon juice will accelerate body detoxification. Too much lemon water too quickly can cause uncomfortable detoxification symptoms such as headaches, bowel movement changes, fatigue and mood swings.
Once your body has gotten rid of some toxins - you will be able to add a bit of lemon juice to all water you drink -
For starters it is best to drink lemon water once or twice a day... a cup of water... with half of a lemon, juiced.
Use Fresh Lemons and Quality Water
The type of water you use to mix with the lemon is highly important.
Make sure the water is filtered of contaminants but still contains minerals.
In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss explains some of the medicinal values of lemons:
• It helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue
• It assists in “cleansing the system of impurities” and will help prevent disease
• It is effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in joints) and other poisons in the body
• It can help reduce symptoms of malaria, rheumatism, gout, rickets and tuberculosis.
Kloss also states that lemon is an excellent stimulant to the liver.
See also: Liver Detox - with lemons
• Lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow. For liver complaints, Kloss recommends drinking warm lemon juice one hour before breakfast.
• Provide a natural strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute
• Help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver, which ultimately affects blood oxygen levels
One of the most important benefits of drinking lemon water regularly is its effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
Lemon water assists in the process of digestion and elimination. Lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices.
The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. For the relief of heartburn, Kloss recommends taking a teaspoon of lemon juice in half a glass of water.
Lemon water will also help to eliminate waste through the bowels more efficiently, thus preventing or alleviating constipation, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Colds and Flu
Bacteria and viruses that cause cold and flu symptoms thrive in an acidic environment in the body, due to unhealthy food and lifestyle. Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body. Increasing body alkalinity is one of the key benefits of drinking lemon water.
In addition, because of its antibacterial properties, lemon water will help control unhealthy bacteria.
For a sore throat, Kloss recommends gargling frequently with lemon juice, diluted half and half with pure water.