- One lemon provides you with 64% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.
- A little lemon juice sprinkled on freshly cut apples, bananas, or avocados will keep them from turning brown.
- Lemon juice is so acidic it actually kills germs.
- Lemon’s strong aroma is a natural deodorizer, particularly when used as a cleaner. Toss some used lemons in the garbage disposal periodically to freshen it. Gently heat some sliced lemons in a pot on the stove to get rid of cooking odors.
- Lemon juice mixed with baking soda can remove stains from plastic food storage containers. Make the pumice and use it as a scrub.
- Lemon juice and green tea combine forces to make a strong antioxidant mix, more powerful than if you consumed these two ingredients separately.
- Traditional medicines around the world have always recommended lemon juice and hot water as an aid for digestion, heart burn, and a cure for constipation.
- Have water with lots of lemon juice during the day to help lose weight and decrease the appetite.
- Many traditional sources recommend rinsing the hair with lemon for shine, but a lemon-juice rinse also fights dandruff.
- Lemon juice mixed with salt (one part lemon juice to two parts salt) makes a great pumice to remove rust stains.
Old-fashioned apple cider vinegar may not seem like an amazing product, but it can be used in lots of ways that could surprise you. Unlike lots of modern foods, apple cider vinegar is a simple, natural product that has been around for a long time. But even your grandmother may not have known about some of these “vinegar cures.”
- The Farmers’ Almanac (a compendium of home remedies) states that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water drunk every morning relieves arthritis pain and soothes stiff joints.
- Lots of athletes and people working outdoors refresh themselves with sports drinks that can contain lots of sugar and calories. Try cold water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar, which can help rehydrate your body faster than plain water.
- Herbal vinegars—which you can make yourself by adding dried herbs to vinegars—can help you absorb the minerals in your salad (and in the dried herbs) better by making for an acid environment (acid helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals better).
- Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz glass of water every day may slow the production of histamines and reduce your allergies. This home remedy is recommended to be done all year long, whether you are suffering from allergies or not. This regimen is also believed to help your body cleanse itself of toxins.
- Apple cider vinegar can be applied to the hair after washing for extra shine.
- Vinegar can help a bug bite, bee sting, mosquito bite or jellyfish sting from itching. Just apply the area with vinegar to stop the itch.
- I’m not sure I believe this but I have heard it said that swallowing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar instantly relieves the hiccups. Since I don’t get hiccups very often, I have not had the chance to test this out.
Vinegar is a highly acidic substance, so you need to be careful. Do not drink it straight (at least in more than tiny amounts) because acid can erode tooth enamel.
Chlorine is widely used to disinfect water. You find it not just in swimming pool water, but also in the water that comes from your tap. Since chlorine evaporates out of water at relatively low temperatures, a steamy morning shower can expose you to up to 100 times the amount of chlorine than is contained in the water itself. This means that when you take a nice hot morning shower, you are exposed to chlorine on your skin and in your lungs. In fact, you get more chlorine in your body from one hot shower than you do drinking chlorinated water the rest of the day.
The problem with this scenario is that chlorine is poison.
Chlorine makes a great disinfectant because it kills germs, bacteria, and other living organisms by invading the cell walls, attaching to the fatty acids within the cell, and causing cell death. Chlorine does this to germs and it does it to cells in people. A big manufacturing plant that produces chlorine knows that, by law, it must take strict precautions in the manufacture and handling of chlorine because chlorine is toxic. Exposure to a large amount of chlorine is fatal. All of us ingest minute amounts of chlorine every single day, but the biggest share of chlorine we get every day is not in the form of tap water—it’s from the shower. We actually can get more than half of our daily chlorine exposure from the shower. So what can you do? Switching to a bath or a cool shower may reduce exposure but it does not prevent it. Some good, non-alarmist steps to reduce your chlorine intake:
- Drink bottled or filtered water.
- Use bottled or filtered water for your coffee and tea and in your cooking.
- Get a filter for your shower to eliminate the chlorine. There are several types on the market.
- If you can’t filter your shower water, swap out baths for showers whenever you can and take cooler, shorter showers.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is used in many products. Many people like it, but I do not recommend it. For one thing, many people feel much healthier and stronger when they stop using it. Second, it seems pretty clear to me that aspartame-sweetened foods do not promote weight loss. But just how was this very popular product invented? Actually, invented is probably the wrong word. Aspartame was “discovered.”
It happened back in 1965 when a chemist working for a drug company named Searle was working on creating a new agent to fight stomach ulcers. Drug discovery is trial-and-error work and this chemist, Mr. James M. Schlatter, had created something that did not work against ulcers. The story goes that he accidentally tasted his new drug when he licked his fingers after handling the substance. He noticed how sweet it tasted. In fact, aspartame is more than 100 times sweeter than sugar.
Aspartame does not taste exactly like sugar. In fact its sweet taste lasts longer than sugar, so food companies often mix aspartame with other artificial sweeteners to create more of a sugar-like experience. However, among all artificial sweeteners to date, aspartame tastes most like sugar. Its low-calorie profile owes to the fact that only tiny amounts are needed to create the sweetness of a great deal of sugar.
You would think a product like this would hit the market right away, but extensive testing was required to introduce a laboratory product into the food supply. It took many years because findings from the studies were controversial, frequently challenged, and sometimes “mixed,” meaning that results differed. By 1983, the FDA approved aspartame for use in carbonated beverages, but because aspartame changes chemically when exposed to heat it was not approved for use in baked goods or confections until 1993. Europe approved aspartame in 1994.
Although the labs at Searle had invented aspartame, the rights to aspartame were sold a couple of times and patents have since expired, meaning that aspartame is made by other companies today all over the world.
There are a lot of controversies about aspartame. You can read all over the internet how it causes everything from brain cancer to seizures and how it got approved by the FDA through some shady dealings. Since I tend to stay away from alarmist claims, I do not dig too deeply into some of those reports.
However, that being said, I am no fan of aspartame. It is not a natural food product and I am convinced that many people do feel better when they eat more natural foods. Plus the main purpose of aspartame is to be a weight loss aid, and there is growing evidence that aspartame not only fails to help people lose weight—it encourages weight gain.