Lemons are naturally alkalizing, meaning they help balance the acidity from animal products, sugar and grains. One may think that lemons are acidic—and they are in their natural state—however, once metabolized they leave an alkaline ash in the body and help balance one’s pH by lowering the body’s overall acidity. Higher levels of acidity in the brain have been related to mental health conditions connected to stress or fear responses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Wood, 2012).
When we are exposed to environmental pollutants, cigarette smoke, alcohol, medication, meat, dairy, sugar and grain products our body is faced with a huge acidic onslaught. Try this easy nightly beverage to help cleanse and alkalize the body:
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (helps with cleansing)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 8 oz of spring water
Drink nightly for up to 2 weeks. You’ll notice better sleep and energy, as well as brighter looking skin.
Wood, J. (2012, May 20). Acid in the brain linked to panic disorders, depression. Retrieved April 2015, from Psych Central: http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/05/20/acid-in-the-brain-linked-to-panic-disorders-depression/28953.html