Sour Tips, Sweet Results – Your Health Detective

By Gloria Gilbère, CDP., DAHom., PhD., DSC., EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist

I’m always looking for healthy tips to share with my readers and clients; this is one I
couldn’t resist.

The following are ways to use lemons, if you have more unique tips to share, email: and we’ll post and give credit…click here to continue reading…


  1. can be used in their entirety; no use wasting any part since all of it is healthy and adds so many flavors to food. First, simply place the lemon in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, use your grater and shred the entire lemon onto your desired food. Or, you can use part and keepremaining lemon in the freezer and use again. Suggestions for use include:sprinkled into a whisky drink, wine, vegetable, salad and salad dressings,soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes and even into a facial

    cleansing mask*, dish or bath water for that wonderful clean aroma.

  2. the peel contains as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself;
  3. especially in hot water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, have been used for centuries as a method of healthy rejuvenation because they help flush toxic elements from the body;
  4. are outstanding at killing cancer cells; it’s 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy without the toxic side-effects;
  5. are said to be an effective anti-microbial against bacterial infections and fungi and effective against internal parasites and worms;
  6. help regulate high blood pressure;
  7. combat stress and benefits most nervous/anxiety disorders if taken daily in hot water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning;
  8. are acidic to taste but are actually alkaline to body fluids which help restore balance to the body’s pH;
  9. are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids – working against infections;
  10. are a toner for your liver and  stimulant to help dissolve uric acid and other poisons, including liquefying bile;
  11. increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create regular good evacuation, especially when taken first thing in the morning;
  12. have been used since 1747 to cure scurvy as reported by a naval surgeon, James Lind. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor could have
    one-two ounces of juice a day if needed to fight infection at sea. In the past, lemons were sometimes replaced with limes by these soldiers, which is how the English got their nickname “limeys”;
  13. contain citric acid which is known to help dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
  14. contain vitamin C which helps neutralize free-radicals linked to aging and most types of age-related disorders;
  15. contain a potent phytonutrient called tangeretin, contained in its peel, and is credited for its effectiveness for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Dementia;
  16. are very helpful whenever there is insufficient oxygen and/or difficulty breathing (such as being in high altitudes). Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest,
    credited some of his success to his high consumption of lemons during the climb;
  17. have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments found the juice destroys the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases;
  18. can prevent internal hemorrhage because blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P (bioflavonoids);
  19. are beneficial for eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy believed to be because of the rutin content;
  20. contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally-occurring limonene oil – known to slow or halt the growth of cancer tumors in animal and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in
    cancer cells;
  21. The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBIT) reports that the LEMON is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the ion
    has a positive charge). This makes the lemon extremely useful to our health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provide all the energy to our cells.

Historical Perspective, Trivia and Facts… 

  • Fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips during the European
  • The juice of a fresh lemon applied to brown spots (especially on the face and hands) helps to remove them. It usually takes 3-4 months of daily application for full benefits.
  • The lemon is a small evergreen tree native to Asia (as well as the fruit that grows on the tree).
  • The lemon is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley (a Bronze Age civilization in South Asia). Archaeologists reached this conclusion because of a lemon-shaped earring from 2500 BC found in the area.
  • Lemons have been in cultivation around the Mediterranean from as early as the first
    century AD.
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round; one healthy mature tree can produce between
    500 and 600 pounds of lemons in a year.
  • In centuries past, lemons were presented as gifts to kings because they were so rare.
  • California and Arizona produce 95 percent of the entire U.S. lemon crop.

What’s in a Lemon?… 

Vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium,
phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.

Lemons actually contain more potassium than apples or grapes.

Okay, if the above isn’t enough information to convince you that you need lemons in your diet, how about the fact that you can make an anti-aging facial mask that is healthy and the ingredients are probably in your refrigerator right now?

*Lemon Facial Ingredients:

3 TB regular yogurt (not the non-fat variety) or real mayonnaise

2 tsp fresh lemon juice (never use reconstituted)

The zest of one lemon peel (helps gentle exfoliation of dead skin)

Mix ingredients. Gently saturate face, use caution around eye area, and allow to sit on face for 10-20 minutes while relaxing. The mixture decreases bad bacteria with its high acidic content – helping those with skin breakouts and acne. In addition, it helps to bleach dark spots and minimize pores. Make sure to use immediately as contents rancid quickly – do not make a batch for later use.

My next blog will contain information on how to use lemons around the house and for unique uses you may not know of until now.

Your Partner in Health,

Dr. Gloria

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