This post is not for the squeamish.
If you’re pretty close to your goal weight (I’d say within 10 to 20 pounds) and you seem to have excess belly bloat and your pant waist seems tight, maybe it’s the poop.
Hear me out…I’ll try to start from the beginning.
Quite some time ago when I first heard about the benefits of alkalizing my system, I started drinking lemon water. Although lemon is acidic, for some reason once it interacts with your system it has an alkalizing effect. I won’t go into the how to’s or why’s. There’s plenty of info available on the internet.
Anyway, somehow (can’t remember how), I started drinking a warm glass of lemon water first thing in the morning. In the glass, I’d squeeze about ¼ of a lemon, a shot of organic apple cider vinegar and either pure maple syrup or agave nectar for sweetness.
I’d drink my glass of lemon water and go on about my day. Usually, within an hour or so, the lemon water would have its way with my system. In other words, it helps to clear out yesterday’s gunk.
It would only take a week of drinking lemon water in the morning to notice a change in my waistline and the scale. Granted, I did clean up my diet a bit while drinking the lemon water in the morning, but nothing too drastic.
Feeling good, then not so good
The first time I happened upon the lemon water ritual, I did it for two whole weeks. About a week or so after I stopped drinking the lemon water, I had a weird sensation in my lower back. I though I had pulled something so I went to my chiropractor.
He adjusted me and told me I was completely balanced and aligned. Hmm, if I were so well balanced, why do I suffer from such discomfort when I bend over to touch my toes? I couldn’t touch my toes. In addition to that, there was an extreme discomfort (not an all-out pain), in my lower back.
Signs of Aging?
I chalked it up to aging and thought this was just something else I had to deal with. Well, it wasn’t old age (here’s where the squeamish should click away). It was a major evacuation! I don’t know if you’re familiar with the term ‘mucoid plaque.’ If not, check out this sites to get a real feeling for what it is (if you’re squeamish, don’t click on the link below).
Not to get into the gory details, suffice it to say that when I was done, I felt like I could float. I felt much lighter, I was able to touch my toes and I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scale. It appears that my couple of weeks of drinking lemon water is what set everything in motion.
The lemon water somehow started to dislodge all of the mucoid plaque in my digestive tract. Because of the length of the tract (I’m assuming), it took a week or so to slowly dislodge the stuff to the point where it was ready to be evacuated.
In addition to getting rid of the yucky stuff, I noticed that my energy level improved and I felt great!
About a year or so later, feeling the effects of a bloated belly, tight pants, etc., etc. I remembered the lemon water trick. For one week I drank lemon water in the morning and again, the very same results. At least this time, when I felt the discomfort in the lower back, I knew exactly what was going on (although the thought of what was causing the discomfort grossed me out).
The recipe does not work the same for everyone. Fine tune it for your system. Some folks have to drink lemon water for close to a month before they get the desired results while others find a week is more than enough. It all depends on your system and dietary/health habits.
For those with more sensitive systems, one week is more than enough. When you find that the majority of your day is spent in the bathroom, discontinue the lemon water.
I’m not promoting or endorsing any colon cleaning product. I’m just sharing my lemon water experience. So, if the links above endorse a colon cleansing products, please proceed with caution and do your homework.
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You can add a teaspoonful of honey and it gets even more delicious and useful. I have been doing this for years (not all of the time, of course) and I can testify that the results for your whole system (your mood included :))) are just marvelous.
I agree, honey is a nice addition. Sometimes I use honey, other times pure maple syrup and when I have it in my pantry, I sometimes use agave nectar.
Thank you for your amazing article. I have just started lemon water detox this morning after having gone through most of my live having chronic constipation/ GI problems. Fingers crossed, hopefully within a month I will have much more of a regularity. I even started taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before every meal. Plus added raw carrots to my breakfast and yogurt routine.
You have convinced me, Felicia.thank you!
Lou, I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.
Hey Felicia, just found this post while searching for cleansing information. I’m stuck as to what type of cleanse is the best.. I’ve heard success stories from doing the master cleanse, the salt water flush, and then using these products like Dr Natura, and oxygen-based cleansers. I do feel bloated sometimes, but it’s always after I eat a huge meal. Are there any dangers to doing these cleanses? B/c I keep hearing ppl say it robs your body of electrolytes or gets rid of some healthy bacteria balance.
Henway, I’m no expert on cleanses. Years ago I tried Dr Natura and it worked fine. It’s a slow natural type of cleanse. You don’t have to sit in the house near a bathroom on the Dr Natura cleanse.
That being said, modifying your diet is probably the best cleanse. Some folks do cleanses in an attempt to clean out their systems and then go back to eating the same junk and clog their systems all over again. If you slowly change your diet you should notice a change in your energy and digestion. Dietary changes for the better only improve the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
Good luck with your cleanse.
Well Felicia, you’ve convinced me – this is great info! I love lemon water anyway so this will be easy but I have a few questions. Is the vinegar essential? Will the lemon (and vinegar) work if added to tea rather than water? And will bottled lemon juice suffice when fresh lemons are not available?
Crystal, I’ve only tried fresh lemons, so I don’t know if the bottled lemon juice will yield the same results. You can always give it a try.
I don’t think the vinegar is essential. I just happen to take apple cider vinegar for other reasons so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone.
Play around with the recipe. It might work with tea (I don’t see why it wouldn’t). There’s no hard and fast rule to this stuff, it’s more like trial and error. Tweak it so that you get the results you want in a fashion that works better for you.