Long live the Queen!! (though it's not really her birthday -.-)
Now, I've just started to introduce lemon juice into my diet to cleanse my body of toxins.
There's a lot of hype around this lemon detox diet as a lot of celebrities such as Beyonce and Mariah Carey use it to shed weight quickly. The week-long lemon detox plan mainly consists of drinking 6 - 10 glasses of lemon with palm tree syrup and a small pinch of cayenne pepper each day as a meal replacement. It also drinking salt water and herbal tea daily. No solid foods are to be taken throughout this diet.
Unfortunately, like most fads, following this diet will allow you to lose weight rapidly as it is a starvation diet; causing you to lose muscle rather than fat.
I plan to incorporate lemon juice into my life, not as a meal replacement but rather to facilitate the removal of toxin build up in my system. Today would be my third day and I am already beginning to feel healthier.
I've started each morning with a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice. It certainly perks my tastebuds up!
At night, I'd have a glass of honey-lemon juice with a small (very small) pinch of cayenne pepper before a meal and another glass a couple hours before bed. Now if you're planning to use cayenne pepper, please be mindful that it is hot so please use as little as possible to begin with to see how well you can tolerate it and you can add more as you get used to it.
I will also advise you to stir your drink so that the cayenne pepper is well distributed prior to consumption. I didn't do it before and in my last gulp, I had a mouth full of the pepper. I didn't use a lot but it was NOT pleasant nonetheless. It will leave a zing in your mouth and also down your throat.
To make your honey-lemon juice with cayenne pepper, mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of lemon juice in 250mL of warm water. Add a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (ground) and stir well before consumption.
Now if you're planning in the actual lemon detox plan to lose weight, please do your research first. There are a lot of fads out there that can aid you in weight loss but are actually harmful for you in the long term.
Have a good weekend everyone!