Inspiration from Meghan

Join my community

Sign up to receive news, updates and special offers through our newsletter.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Lemon Juice Makes Me Wince


Welcome to the second day of the Green Smoothie Cleanse. The coolest part about this cleanse  being just three days is that come lunch time, you are more than half way through. Piece of... um... blended kale right? If you are participating in the cleanse, you have likely introduced a morning bevvie of lemon juice and cayenne.

One of the cleanse participants wrote in to me to tell me that she is loving it all- but this hot and sour start to the day. Whether I am cleansing or not, this is part of my morning routine and I highly recommend it. Why? Because it is sooooo good for your body- specifically the digestive system and circulatory system.

And even though I know how good it is for me... I still struggle every single morning. It usually looks something like this:


And no, I didn't go and cut all my hair off. This is what I went through twice a day when I was going through my intensive acupuncture treatmens to cure my Crohn's Disease. Part of the healing program was drinking Chinese herb tea twice daily. It may have been the most vile thing I have ever had to drink- but knowing it was helping me to get better- made it tolerable... barely.

And now I go through this with the lemon/cayenne water for that reason- because I know it is so good for me. You want specific reasons? Here they are:


  • Helps to alkaline the body and disease is less able to develop in an alkaline environment
  • On an empty stomach it helps flush the liver and gallbladder (releasing bile- the body's natural laxative)
  • Stimulates the body to produce digestive juices that gets the system ready for food digestion
  • Can assist with weight reduction by cleansing the liver as a toxic liver can not efficiently metabolize fat.
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C to keep the immune system strong, the adrenal glands functioning, and increases the absorption of iron into the body
  • High in potassium and vitamin B1 too.
  • The calcium in lemon supplies bones, teeth and the nervous system

    with basic nourishment.

  • Lemon also phosphorus and helps to digest proteins.


  • Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and increase the peristaltic action in the intestines- this means it helps you go.
  • Aids in assimilation, meaning it helps us to absorb the nutrients from our food (or in this case the goodness from lemons)
  • Helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins.
  • Said to be unequal for its ability to boost circulation and increase heart action
  • Can increase peripheral circulation and stimulates organ secretion, helping to increase the rate of delivery and action of nutrients in the body.
  • Can enhance cardiovascular performance while actually lowering blood pressure
  • Cayenne is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.

Convinced yet? See... totally worth the wincing.

Lemon/Cayenne Wake-Up Call
1 quart/litre of warm water (I use regular water with just enough boiling water to make it warm)
1/2 lemon juiced
1/8 up to as much cayenne as you can handle
pinch of stevia (optional- will help cut the spicyness without affecting blood sugar level)

Mix and chug that goodness back!
Note: It often helps to have someone else take photos of the ridiculous faces you will surely make.

21 Responses to “Lemon Juice Makes Me Wince”

  1. Love lemon and cayenne. On friday I had about 32 oz of "the killer" at Liquiteria: apple, lemon, cayenne, triple ginger, and some immunity boosters (I wish I could have left out the supplements, but they're included)
  2. Lauren said…
    I drink lemon and cayenne water every morning! Then I jump on my rebounder! Talk about circulation!!
  3. gettinggreen said…
    Yeah, this is the whole lemonade cleanse without the not-eating-anything-else part... I often make this drink, too, but add a tiny bit of Grade B maple syrup to sweeten the edge a little.
  4. Cindy said…
    Yeah, I am struggling with it too but will keep at it Thanks for the great information on it!
  5. Amandamoo said…
    Hi Meghan, My acupuncturist has me drinking water with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in the mornings on an empty stomach. I often add half of a lemon and some stevia to this to make it go down easier and get the added benefits of the lemon. Can I add cayenne also? Is this too much going on at once? Thanks!!
  6. Jennifer R. said…
    Is this something I can make up the night before and put it by my bedside? That would surely help me to remember, as I have kiddos to get ready for school and feed breakfast, so I get a little sidetracked :) thanks Meghan, I'm loving this cleanse! I'm writing about it on my fb page and lots of people are asking about it!
  7. cherrybombpie said…
    It looks like torture first thing in the morning! I used to down 2 lemon juices every morning (sipped through straws because I was paranoid of acid eating my teeth). Just recently I have stopped torturing myself and added navel oranges into the concoction. It made it a lot easier, even pleasant in fact. Good luck with the detox! oh yes, thanks for the info on lemon and cayenne, really helpful.
  8. Meg said…
    Ahhh I can't even imagine the bitterness! But it's totally worth it - thanks for all the info! I actually used to suck on lemon slices when I was younger (haha) but now I can't - but this has made me rethink cayenne and lemon...maybe I'll give it a try. Happy detoxing! Love, Meg
  9. mariposagirl said…
    can I have Kombucha tea on the cleanse? it sounds refreshing right now..... THANKS
  10. cherrybombpie said…
    hi Meg! Just to let you know I linked to your post because it inspired me! I shall try drinking it slightly warmed too just for kicks.

Before you post your comment, please note that I am unable to offer nutritional advice or recommendations via my blog.

Let us know what you think. Your email address will not be published.

Join my community

Sign up to receive news, updates and special offers through our newsletter.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
To The Top.