Weekend Wrap…Pass the lemons, hold the cocamide DEA, please

Lemon in water

Greetings health fans! Let’s talk about the humble lemon again. I reblogged a post from the Bikini Gardener a while ago about the benefits of a fresh-squeezed organic lemon flush in the mornings and I’d like to reiterate it because adding fresh-squeezed lemon water to our daily routines is a simple yet powerfully healthy thing to do. Healthy routines don’t have to be complex! Here is a reminder about the benefits of warm water with lemon (sources: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/health-benefits-lemons and http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2006/02/10/lemon-water-alkalising-superstar/ and http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/10/20/5-health-benefits-of-warm-water-with-lemon/ ).

High in Vitamin C and potassium – Warm lemon water will boost your immune system, fight colds, stimulate brain and nerve function and help control blood pressure. This is very important during flu season!

Alkalising– Dissociated lemon minerals in the body balance the body’s pH, and make it slightly alkaline, an environment which is not conducive to bacteria and viruses. It is not intuitive that this is the case as lemon juice itself is comprised of citric acid so see the video in energiseforlife for details. Interesting stuff.

High in Pectin Fiber – Lemons also help with the weight loss process because they help fight hunger cravings.

Aids digestion – The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis and since lemons are high in minerals and vitamins they help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

Hydrates the lymph system – Lemon water helps prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue, helping the body perform all of its proper functions.

Adding a fresh-squeezed organic lemon to green or herbal tea with some locally sourced honey sounds like a yummy variation for later in the day! Actually that sounds really good…hold please…

In addition to adding good things to our routines, it is important to take bad things out as well. I know it seems like everything is toxic, so it is difficult to live toxin free. However there are some really bad actors that should be avoided, and one is cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), which was listed by the state of CA as a carcinogen last year. This posting by the Center for Environmental Health lists the nearly 100 shampoos and soaps that have this chemical in them: http://www.ceh.org/news-events/press-releases/content/lawsuit-launched-testing-finds-cancer-causing-chemical-in-100-shampoos-haircare-products/. To stay informed about this and other topics related to healthy living, check out the CEH website and sign up for their free newsletter: http://www.ceh.org/. I just did!

That wraps it up for this week. I hope this advice is helpful and wish you all the best in your quest for healthy living! (It ain’t easy in the land of craptacular foods and chemicals…pardon my redundancy.) Comments welcome!

Photo credit: © Mikdam | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

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