The Great Sour Juice Experiment

Read my medical disclaimer first — ( HERE ).

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I understand that in the State of Vermont there is a long-standing custom of drinking apple cider vinegar “Neat” (Not mixed with anything else) as a tonic of some kind and that a lot of the older residents of that state swear by the ritual.

I have known other people who swear that drinking natural, unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar with a substance called “The Mother” still in it is a miracle-working weight-control remedy. Some of these people make a concoction of water, apple cider vinegar, and honey and consume an 8-ounce glass of it daily.

Some people really believe there is something in the vinegar that helps a person to control their appetite.

I have tried this stuff for a period of several months at a time and I have never lost a pound that I can ascribe to the “Tonic.”

Some doctors have apparently warned people that drinking vinegar of any kind can be damaging to the esophagus and to the stomach if great care is not taken — ( HERE. )

Now the discussion turns to the use of lemon juice in much the same manner and for the same general purposes — a health booster, a tonic and an appetite-controlling factor.

Some people claim that drinking a glass of warm water with some lemon juice in it in the morning helps keep the digestive system flowing and healthy. These people claim that the morning lemon juice binge helps ensure their bowels function smoothly and that it helps eliminate “Toxins.” —- ( HERE ).

Now I do not know if it was a coincidence or if there might something to the claim about the lemon juice and bowel movements but I will tell you this much: “I tried two tablespoons of reconstituted lemon juice in a glass of water with a tablespoon of honey in the mix and I was bombarded with urges to visit the bathroom several times throughout the day — some of them coming at the most inconvenient times and in the most inconvenient places … places like “In the car” and “At the supermarket.” And I am a guy who absolutely hates public restrooms because (a) They are rarely ever cleaned properly or frequently enough, (b) They often stink, (c) The possibility of catching some kind of horrid malady is ever present (Never visit one of these places without a gallon of hand sanitizer on your person or in a bag) — I hate them!

So my “Take Away” from the “Lemon Juice Helps Bowel Movements” argument is, “Oh Hell yes, they do — big time!!

I was enthralled by the news that Lemon water is supposed to help alleviate the pain of arthritis and other such joint problems and I cannot attest to the truth of that claim but I can tell you that even though I had what was diagnosed as an Arthritis attack a few weeks ago (It has since subsided and has not returned) I had no such pain on the day I took the Lemon water thingy —- but that may be entirely coincidental. I have nothing to measure the results, I have not made a “Study” of it and I am not going to jump to conclusions about it.

I cannot tell if some of this kind of stuff is psychosomatic or if there might actually be some benefit to be gained. I think my doctor would roll his eyes and tell me, “I don’t know if it is going to do you any good or not but if you think so then go ahead and try it.”

That’s “My” doctor. You are going to have to consult with “Your” doctor to see what he or she has to say.

I heard that the potassium in the lemon water is supposed to help keep brain cells healthy. But I am so damned old at this point that I am not sure anything is going to help preserve my brain cells …. besides, I think I am about as crazy right now as I have always been … I cannot tell any difference and the benefactors of my will have to watch what they say to me … so who can tell?

Some geniuses are telling me that lemon water helps prevent the formation of wrinkles in the skin. I don’t have a visible wrinkle anywhere on my face but I think that is more attributable to the fact that I am overweight (fat)(obese) than to the lemon water. But again, I am not a nutritionist or a doctor so again, “Who can tell?”

Here are the benefits of drinking a daily lemon tonic according to another source:

” . . . Drinking lemon juice benefits your health, which is why many traditional systems of medicine recommend drinking lemon juice daily. Lemons contain vitamins, minerals and other natural compounds that boost your immune system and even fight cancer. They aid in digestion and mineral absorption, may give you more energy and protect your kidneys and urinary health. Drink freshly squeezed lemon juice, diluted in water, regularly to reap the most benefits. . . .”

I take a daily multivitamin/mineral capsule so I cannot attest to the degree of efficacy of these claims but I am not going to sit here and “Pooh-Pooh” them either because I have been a health food addict for more than 70 years now and I must brag that I am in as good shape as anyone could ever expect to be — and, in fact, when compared to other people my age I have to say that I am in far superior shape to many of them!

Not all is reported to be rosy in the fantastic world of the lemon — In fact, some people warn that there can be side effects from drinking lemon juice because lemon juice is acidic and can reportedly irritate the stomach causing heartburn in some people. In those afflicted with esophageal reflux — ( HERE ) — there are indications that lemons might cause problems for certain sensitive people in this area as well.

I am not going to sit here and suggest that anybody run out and buy a bottle of lemon juice or a few lemons to squeeze but I will say that it is my personal choice to keep on taking it for a little while yet to see how it works for me — (Or how it doesn’t work for me) — because I like to experiment. But as I have said a thousand times on this blog, I will do nothing without having a long and detailed “Sit Down” with my personal physician. Like I have said another thousand times, “Only a fool has himself or herself for their own physician!”

I have to conclude that lemons must be good for something because people have been eating them for hundreds of years according to the most influential and reliable reports that I have been able to find, so I am neither going to condemn them or praise them too highly. But I am not going to give up the habit anytime soon either.

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