Friday, October 23, 2015

La Joie de Citron or What A Pretty Yellow Mess!

I do not often write a product review, but some products deserve more attention than others. The market is full of products that really make our lives easier and the food preparation more enjoyable.


I recently bought a tiny citrus juicer that I can now take with me whenever I travel by by air. All people who travel by air know that there are certain liquid restrictions for passengers. One can only take a small amount of liquids that have to be presented for inspection at the airport security.

For years  I traveled with a bag of organic lemons or limes that I cut at home in halves in order to squeeze them into a bottle of water that I normally bought at the airport short before my flight. I mostly managed not to make a big mess, but I always had seeds in my bottle. With this tiny citrus juicer things are so much better:
  • you will be able to squeeze more juice out of your citrus fruit
  • the seeds will not fall into your water glass or bottle
  • you will not splash any lemon juice on your new cashmere sweater
  • your tray table will stay clean
  • you can measure the exact amount of juice you want to have in your water glass  or bottle
  • you will attract curious looks from fellow passengers and will engage in conversation about health and nutrition
  • you can do all the juicing at the airport terminal, before you board the plane, which means you can actually clean up the juicer before your flight
  • the juicer is very easy to use.

Most importantly, you will enjoy your flight even more with your refreshing, alkalizing drink. Your liver will thank you as well.


Most people understand the importance of hydration during the air travel, not many, however, know that hydration alone is not enough when you are at 30,000ft. Air travel may be hazardous to your health. Depending on the destination and the size of the aircraft you may be stuck for up to twelve hours with hundreds of people. People cough and sneeze and you are breathing recycled air that has very low humidity. Unless you brought your own food, you are eating food that has very little nutritional value. You have to sit for a long time and you are also exposed to a slightly higher dose of radiation.

All these factors make air travel a rather unpleasant experience if you cannot afford a first class fair every time you travel. But traveling first class does not change the fact that you have to take care of yourself during the flight.

Starting your day with freshly pressed lemon juice and drinking lemon juice during the day, whether you are on the road or not, is most beneficial and still underestimated by many people.

Citrus fruit in general comes with incredible health benefits and since it is so versatile, make sure you are using it daily:
  • Lemons are rich in flavonoids that have been shown to stop the division of cancer cells in many types of cancer. High in vitamin C, lemons have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lemons help improve digestion, support the liver function and help balance blood sugar and cholesterol. 
  • Limes like all the other fruits from the citrus family contain vitamin C that is known to be a very potent antioxidant. They also contain unique flavonoids called flavonol glycosides as well as compounds called limonides that have demonstrated strong anti-tumor activity since they stop proliferation of the cancer cells. Limes also offer protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and help improve liver function.
  • Pomelo (Citrus maxima) is a large fruit from the citrus family native to South and Southeast Asia. Like all the other fruits from the citrus family, pomelo comes with countless health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, fiber and potassium, pomelo is a useful home remedy since it can help boost the immune system, help improve oral health and digestion, can help manage weight and contain urinary tract infections, lower the blood pressure, and prevent various cancers. Pomelos contain carnitine pamitoyl-transferase - a fat-burning enzyme - that may help obese people loose weight.
  • Yuzu is a citrus fruit that was originally cultivated in the Yangtse River region of China. The fruit was introduced to Japan during the Nara period (around 710 A.D.) where it was grown as a culinary delicacy, as well as a medicine. To this day the whole ripe yuzu fruits are used for therapeutic baths. The aroma is very relaxing, but the essential oil of yuzu also contains a compound called nomilin that helps improve the blood circulation. Yuzu has three times as much vitamin C as lemon and the highest amount of bioflavonoids (vitamin P) among the citrus fruits.
And of course there are oranges, Mandarin oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and kumquats. I will write about these fruits at some other time, but right now I simply hope that you will use this information to improve your health and well being.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Disclaimer: To clarify one thing, I did not receive any money to write this review, and I actually own one mini citrus juicer. I bought mine in a store in Roswell, NM, but you can buy yours online, at amazon, for instance.


Dominique Allmon©2015

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


      
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