Lemon Detox Part 2: The Ingredients
May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
In our first article in this series of 3, we introduced the Lemon Detox. Here, we will actually go through the ingredients that make up this lemon drink. It is very important that you gather all the ingredients you need. Check what you will need for your Lemon Detox and buy enough for the duration of the entire detox before you start. If you have to run in a grocery store in the middle of your detox and find yourself surrounded by food, you may be tempted – I advise you to avoid this situation.
Ingredients of the Lemon Detox
The main ingredients for the Lemon Detox:
- Filtered water
- Grade B organic maple syrup free of formaldehyde
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Organic lemons
- Non-iodized sea salt or Epsom salt
First, let’s talk about the main ingredients:
This is probably the most neglected step of the Lemon Detox , but also the most important if you want to cleanse your body.
Some people won’t touch non-organic fruits or vegetables, but will continue to drink and cook with it unfiltered tap water. Your local water treatment facility is not effective in providing you with clean, safe water. The standard practice for water treatment is to throw chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is a poison whose links to cancers have been proven. This water also contains chemicals that come from industrial waste and farm runoff – as well as sediment and toxic metals found in pipes that bring water to your home.
On the other hand, bottled water is not a better choice. In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes associated with bottled water are not strictly regulated. Sometimes the bottled water we buy is no better than city tap water – and sometimes it’s just regular municipal water!
The solution is to use a water filtration system. If you are currently drinking bottled water, choosing this solution is likely to be profitable within a few months. You must be careful when buying a quality water filter because many are not effective at filtering the contaminants present today in the water we drink. If you don’t have a water filter, most grocery stores sell filtered water. Generally, this water is filtered by by a process called reverse osmosis, which is not the best filtration technology, but it’s always better than tap water.
Amazon offers a large number of filters ranging from low price decanters to systems that can be used in an entire house. You should consider investing in a good water filter, and even after completing the cure, you’ll want to continue drinking clean water. We’re going a little off topic here but water is a really crucial element for good health. For people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, a simple water filtration system is as important (and less expensive) than organic meat from a free range animal or than nutritional supplements.
Do not use concentrated lemon juice – concentrated lemon juice is filled with sugar and preservatives. As every other ingredient on this list, try to find organic lemons.
Grade B maple syrup
It’s important that you use B-grade organic maple syrup. Some commercial brands used for pancakes don’t use real maple syrup… It’s actually artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. Most high quality grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell Grade B organic maple syrup. You also buy it online if you can’t find isome at our local store.
Cayenne pepper is usually sold in powder form, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne pepper extract that will be just as effective. If you’re having trouble drinking spicy drinks, you can also use cayenne pepper capsules – you can find them in the Food Supplements section of most health stores.
Make sure that the sea salt you buy is not roasted (not iodized). It will be used as laxative.
The recipe of Lemon Detox is very simple
You must drink at least 1.7 liters of this lemon drink per day, but not more than 3.5 (depending on your weight). I suggest you drink the equivalent of your weight multiplied by 30ml. So if you weigh 124 lbs or 56 kgs, you should drink 3.75 liters of water.
Here is the recipe that should be used for the Lemon Detox. No. 1 is for one portion (or for 1 glass) and No. 2 is for 1.8 liter.
No. 1 – A single serving
- 300ml of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
No. 2 – 1.8 liters, for a daily portion
- 1.8 liters of filtered water
- 12 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 12 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
There are two important things you need to remember when using this recipe. The lemon juice you use must be freshly squeezed. Canned juice will be inefficient and will negate most of the benefits of the detox cure. In addition, the maple syrup must be grade B. Mixing herbal teas with the recipe is a good way to add some flavor. You must choose a low caffeine tea, such as Hibiscus, as caffeine can tighten the blood vessels. Also, it would be greatly beneficial to consume 2 tablespoons of wheat grass per day.