Written by : Josh O'Meara Long after the ball has dropped, the last pans have clanked, and the Pollack montage of confetti litter the floor; we find ourselves trying to freshen up from whatever self inflicted damage New Years Eve delivered us. Even those that do not partake in libations, the copious amounts of holiday treats and meals have left our tanks overfilled in gluttony.
Needless to say we all could use a little post holiday cleanse. In our hO’Me we always look to natural remedies to keep us in tip top shape. One of the simplest methods to kick our body into gear, good ol’ warm water and lemon. Hydration, as we know is truly vital to life. Without proper hydration our cells and organ function can deteriorate, and no one wants that. Now sprinkle that with a kick of citrus power and we are on to something.
There are two ways to do this handy little trick, actual lemons or lemon Essential oil.
When using actual lemons all we need is one half a lemon (around one ounce). With Essential oils it is safest to use an oil recommended for internal use only. Mary the kids and I prefer to use this Vitality line of oils www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=3335853&enrollerid=3335853&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member , just one drop or two will do the trick. Lemon essential oils are made from the cold pressing of the Lemon Rind, while the actual lemon juice is, well just that; lemon juice.Now add either of these, to about 8oz to 12 oz of warm water and voila, natural support for a hangover, and upset bloated stomach back into pre holiday form! Ok maybe not that simple of a form of magic, but there are some beneficial properties to this trick. Check out the following
Cleansing and Detoxing the Liver - Now there is a lot of differing information on this subject, Lemon Water may not directly cleanse or detox our Liver, but some of the properties of the citric acid can aid in beneficial Liver function. For example citric acid is a great friend to our digestive system in breaking down foods, which leaves less work for the Liver to filter our. Decreasing the work load on our liver, enhances that fun little organs ability to do its intended job cleanse and remove toxins from our body.
One downside to the citric acid, the lemon juice can wear down the enamel of your teeth which can lead to tooth decay from continual use. Rest assured there are work arounds; for example drinking with a straw can limit the contact of the citric acid to your pearly whites. Also rinsing out the mouth with just straight water prior to drinking can limit the citric acid from just hanging around. Keep in mind it would take a considerable amount of regularity to really effect the teeth, so not all bad
Flushing the System - By drinking extra water, we are helping flush out our system more frequently. I know the frequent bathroom dance may be cumbersome, but oh so worth it in the long run. With the citric acid being a natural inhibitor of toxins, we now have another best friend supporting our liver function from a night out of sacrificing the Mr./Mrs. Clean organ.
Immune System Booster, with lemon oil & straight lemon the vitamin C content is a good boost for the immune system, which helps keep our body above the wellness line.
Lemon Essential oil has shown in aromatherapy studies on pregnant women the oils ability to support nausea & vomiting by inhaling the scent of oil. Whether it was indulgence in too much food, or taking too many last rounds at the local dive bar, reducing nausea is a win win!
Lemon oil also contains D-Limonene - which may not be directly for after the holiday support, but D-Limonene has been extensively studied to reduce tumor growth. Extra win! To further research the benefits of D-Limonene you can run a quick Google Scholar search, the results that pop up from it are pretty cool!
With all this new knowledge, we can start the new year right with a clean slate, set the odometer back to zero. There may be a few cobwebs that we still need to dust off, a few buttons we need to sew back on our waistlines but we are on the road to healthy recovery from the holidays. Grab a glass of water and our preferred method of lemon power, and cheers to the New Year and a new healthy reinvigorated self.
Mary O'Meara - Follow through a guided journey of inspiration, deep yet enlightening conversations. Many of which are infused into each yoga practice. This is just a little piece of me to say Thank You! Thank you for stopping by, thank you for digging around, and thank you for being my inspiration. Always remember where there is health there is hope.
Josh O'Meara - Follow along as I share my ups and downs to a healthier self. I love to share my thoughts through words, and I hope they can resonate with you. Thank you for taking the time, and feel free to comment share and enjoy!