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Volume III
June 17, 2011

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The Amazing Immunity-Builder and Cancer-Fighter!

By Alice Osborne

From the Institute of Health Sciences, Baltimore , MD, comes the latest in medicine: Lemons are an effective immunity strengthener and cancer fighter! Lemons have been found to be 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. 

Lemon is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors and is a proven remedy against cancers of all types.

It is also possesses anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, is effective against internal parasites and worms, regulates blood pressure which is too high, is an antidepressant, and even combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, and they say that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, it was found that lemon destroys the malignant cells in 12 different cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas. The compounds of the lemon tree showed to be 10,000 times stronger than the chemotherapeutic product Adriamycin, in slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more exciting: this lemon only destroys malignant cancer cells—it does not affect healthy cells in any way.

Other research is showing that drinking fresh lemon water is a powerful energy booster and chronic fatigue fighter. I have been including a whole lemon (peel, pith, seeds and all) in my morning green smoothie, and all I can say is that since I’ve started adding lemon, my energy has been amazing—through the roof! The one caveat with this habit is that we should eat after we drink lemon water to protect our teeth (their enamel) from being etched by the acid in the lemon. Another approach to protecting from teeth-etching is to sip the water through a straw.

Now how about some blood sugar specific information? I started buying fresh lemons by the bag after I found out how they can help cure diabetes. They are quite literally a miracle from Mother Nature! I have always loved fresh lemon but now I make an extra effort to eat lots of them. In fact, I believe lemons should be an important staple in every diabetic diet.

Lemon Lowers the Glycemic Index of Other Foods
Research has shown that lemon lowers the glycemic index of any food it is added to. And… we are not talking a few points here. The drop is very significant! To benefit from this, all you have to do is add a little squeeze of fresh lemon over your food. Almost like waving a magic wand, this will instantly lower the glycemic index of your meal. Best of all, lemon is such an excellent flavor enhancer, it makes many foods taste better too. I often add a squeeze of fresh lemon to a hot bowl of soup (yum!), casseroles, stove top goulashes, almost any kind of salad (including salads containing fruit), and sauteed vegetables (especially greens!). Anything with chicken or fish of course tastes especially good with lemon. Please note that it is best to add the fresh lemon right before you eat the food. If you cook it in soup, for example, it can become a little bitter and the health benefits won’t be quite as great.

Have a Glass of Lemon Water First Thing In the Morning
A glass of lemon water is the perfect way for a diabetic to start the day. Most people start their day with coffee (very acidic) and food that shift the pH of the body toward the acid side. However, if you shift the pH back toward the alkaline side, you will notice your blood sugar will go down. Moreover, your cell membranes will become more sensitive to insulin – i.e. you will be LESS insulin resistant. In fact, this will actually aid your body in repairing those damaged cell membranes.

Although lemons contain a weak acid, when they are metabolized by the body they have an alkalizing effect. If fact, they are the strongest alkalizing food you can eat! This is why adding lemon to your diet can go a long way toward restoring the pH of your body to the alkaline side where it should be. It has been found that most diabetics have a very acidic body pH (as have cancer patients). Bringing back to the alkaline side will go a long way toward helping to cure your diabetes.

Making lemon water is very easy. Just squeeze the juice from a half lemon (or a full lemon if you are a larger person) into a glass of water, swirl it around a little, and drink it up. Do this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before you have your coffee or breakfast.

Lemons Have TWICE the Vitamin C As Oranges
This was a fact that surprised me as you always hear that orange juice is so loaded with vitamin C. Well, the orange’s citrus cousin has it beat with twice the vitamin C. Most people don’t realize but vitamin C is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It is important to note that vitamin taken in the form of food is MUCH better absorbed by the body than vitamin C taken in the form of a pill!

Vitamin C is at least part of the reason lemons interact with the cell membrane and make it less insulin resistant. However, vitamin C also have other very important benefits to the diabetic as well. For example, it increases the production of collagen which strengthens blood vessels. This is key since many diabetics have problems with circulation and arterial damage.

Aids In Repairing Digestion
Most diabetics have impaired digestive enzymes and lowered acidity in the stomach. This means that they don’t always reap the full benefit from the nutritious food they eat. Lemon goes a long way toward curing this problem as well.

A Complete Step By Step Guide To Curing Diabetes Naturally
There are those who say it is possible to cure type 2 diabetes. Patients have gone from a HgAC1 of 10.6 to less than 6 in less than 6 months and they’ve been able to keep it that way. If you are interested in testing this idea out for yourself, you might want to shop around to find a doctor who would support your efforts to cure your diabetes naturally. Now let’s take a look at a couple lemon-water recipes that are a tasty way to include fresh lemon into our diet:

Lemon & Cucumber Water

1 gallon cold water
2 -3 fresh lemons, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced (if cucumber is not organic, be sure to remove peel)

Place all the ingredients into a pitcher and serve! For a stronger taste, let the water sit in your refrigerator for an hour prior to serving.

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Hit-The-Spot Lemon Water

4 lemons, sliced
1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or PINEAPPLE BASIL leaves
6 to 8 cups bottled water or tap water
6 to 8 cups ice cubes
Fresh mint or basil sprigs

Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Carefully rub the 1-1/2 cups mint leaves between the palms of your hands to slightly bruise the leaves. Add to the pitcher with lemon. Pour in water. Cover and chill for 1 to 8 hours.

Strain lemon-water mixture. Discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6 to 8 tall glasses or pint-sized canning jars. For each serving, add 1 cup of ice cubes; fill with the lemon water. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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