Lemon Water and Autoimmune Disease

by Harriet Wininger
(Winchester, KY USA)

Can a glass of lemon water really help with lupus?

Can a glass of lemon water really help with lupus?

QUESTION:

Can the lemon water help autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or vasculitis?

ANSWER:

I cannot think of any type of autoimmune disease that drinking lemon water would not help for all the reasons listed in my article.

As I am sure you know, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its tissues, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, and damage. Lupus symptoms vary, and early lupus symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fever, and a lupus rash, especially after being in the sun.

Much of the information I wrote on how lemon water helps endometriosis is relevant to your question, since many experts believe endometriosis is caused by an autoimmune disorder. So you might want to first check out that page and then continue here.

I think it is also interesting to note that according to WebMD, 9 out of 10 people who have lupus are women. This tells me that there is a definite connection between the causes of endometriosis and the causes of lupus, especially in regard to the environmental factors that affect women, such as the use of cosmetics and other personal care products.

According to Lupus.org, “Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels. Inflammation is a condition in which tissue is damaged by blood cells entering the tissues. In inflammatory diseases, these cells are mostly white blood cells. White blood cells circulate and serve as our major defense against infection. Ordinarily, white blood cells destroy bacteria and viruses. However, they can also damage normal tissue if they invade it.”

I encourage you to read further down the page on that Lupus site, where you will see an explanation on how lupus might be caused by an immune or "allergic" reaction in the vessel walls. The substances which cause allergic reaction are called antigens. The antigens stimulate the production of antibodies which bind to the allergens to get rid of them.

Dehydration and Autoimmune Diseases

Every autoimmune disease is highly complex and I don’t mean to oversimplify the causes and treatments. However, I believe that the most essential root cause of just about every autoimmune disorder is caused by chronic dehydration.



Dehydration is closely linked to the production of antigens and the inflammatory process in the body. In addition, dehydration significantly affects digestion and elimination.

Health scientists have revealed that nearly 80 percent of our immune system function originates in our gastrointestinal tract.

That says a lot about how important proper digestion and elimination really is.

Thus, I encourage you or anyone else who is dealing with autoimmune disorders to read my pages on the health benefits of drinking water and the importance of drinking water and commit to re-hydrating your body, first and foremost.

The process of rehydration can literally take months or even a few years of drinking enough water consistently every day to stop the drought management in the body.

The type and quality of water you drink can also make a big difference. For example, the best drinking water (which I believe is ionized water) is far more hydrating than other types of water.

A specific ionized water called Kangen Water® provides a high antioxidant potency (the equivalent of 6 to 8 cups of green tea) in every glass of water, which can significantly reduce excessive inflammatory response in the body.

How Lemon Water Can Assist with Autoimmune Disease

Lemon water significantly aids digestion and elimination, helping to prevent toxic build-up in the gut, leaky gut syndrome, and various other conditions which contribute to the production of allergens in the body, which cause inflammation and disrupt immune system function.

After laying the foundation with hydration and lemon water, a comprehensive program of managing stress, proper diet and nutrition supplementation, body cleansing, and regular moderate exercise is usually necessary to help restore balance.

The body’s innate intelligence is beyond our comprehension. I know that if we give the body what it needs (specifically water, oxygen, and real food) and reduce the stuff it does not need (tobacco, alcohol, processed food, chemicals and numerous other toxins from air, water, food), it is possible to not only manage the symptoms of autoimmune disorders, but to potentially reverse these conditions.

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Oct 23, 2012
Dehydration causes autoimmune diseases?
by: Anonymous

The comment that dehydration "causes" autoimmune diseases is upsetting to me. I have Sjogrens and if it just took drinking more water to take it away, I would.

I always tried to maintain a healthy intake of water, yet my symptoms persist and now worsen.

Would it be more accurate to say that autoimmune diseases affect (or play havoc with) our bodies' hydration levels?

Ensuring hydration can greatly improve our well being and greatly minimize the effects and severity of the symptoms of our disease.



Oct 29, 2012
WBH Response to Anonymous Comment
by: Nancy Hearn

Dear friend, I am truly sorry that our comment in the above response is upsetting to you. I assume you are referring to the statement:

"Every autoimmune disease is highly complex and I don’t mean to oversimplify the causes and treatments. However, I believe that the most essential root cause of just about every autoimmune disorder is caused by chronic dehydration."

I am not suggesting that drinking water alone can "cause" or "cure" any autoimmune diseases.

Please understand that chronic dehydration can occur over a period of many years leading up to various disorders in the body.

As a nutritionist, many people have told me that they drink "plenty of water" or that they have a "healthy intake of water," but when I encourage them to actually measure how much water they are drinking each day, they were almost always drinking well below the amount necessary to keep the body fully hydrated -- which is half one's body weight in ounces of water.

You can read more on how to ensure you are drinking enough water here.

If you have been drinking that much water for many years prior to the onset of your symptoms, then perhaps your condition has nothing to do with chronic dehydration. That is certainly possible.

All I am saying is that since our bodies are composed of around 70 percent water, and water is involved in every single function of the body, it is well known that chronic dehydration can lead to the onset of all sorts of imbalances and disease conditions in the body, including the disruption of immune function.

The bottom line is that nobody really knows what causes autoimmune disorders, even though there are many known theories for each type.

In answer to your question, "Would it be more accurate to say that autoimmune diseases affect (or play havoc with) our bodies' hydration levels?" I would have to say I honestly don't know if autoimmune disorders affect hydration levels, but I would suspect that is a true statement.

Please understand that I never suggested that simply drinking more water would treat an autoimmune disorder.

However, I fully agree with your statement "Ensuring hydration can greatly improve our well being and greatly minimize the effects and severity of the symptoms of our disease."

I have said the same thing in so many words in my following articles: Health benefits of drinking water and The importance of drinking water.

I truly hope that you find some solutions to help reverse your condition and alleviate your suffering. The physical body is miraculous and I know it can heal itself - with a little help from above.

Jan 25, 2013
IGG Autoimmune Disease Challenges
by:

I have tried everything under the sun and spent thousands of dollars trying the remedies of Naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine and eliminating gluten, dairy, etc., but my autoimmune disease IGG blood work has made no change nor improvement.

I was on 2 special expensive smoothies a day. Lost 40 lbs which is great but other than that no change in my bloodwork.

I had all hopes on the Chinese Medicine Herbs which I have been on for 2 months. I am feeling very down and feel that there is no help and cure.
Everyone is just preying on the sick and giving false hope.

I kept a regiment of a simple diet. No process foods, never drank pop, never smoked, never drank alcohol.

True healers shouldn't be getting wealthy off the sick, driving their Mercedes etc. and living a life with extreme worldly possesions and greed.

Flaunting all their so called books and so call miracle gadgets.

I've tried Kangen water, every supplement under the sun, colon hydrotherapy.

DIET IS EVERYTHING. WE NEED TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO EAT WELL, DETOX, EXERCISE - SO THEY DON'T FALL ILL AND FALL PREY TO THE MEDICAL SYSTEM AND THE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSE ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL SYSTEM.

BOTH ARE CORRUPT. BEEN THROUGH IT ALL!



Oct 02, 2013
No Gallbladder
by: Perth Girl

I have no gallbladder and have bile reflux disease. Will the lemon diet help me?? I can't even eat raw foods! I'm on liquids.

Answer:

Drinking 1 to 2 glasses of lemon water a day may be helpful. It is worth a try.

Has your doctor recommended bile salts? If not, you might want to look into taking a bile salt supplement.

The other thing I would recommend is a super green supplement (a powder that you can add to your liquid diet). Super greens (that include greens such as barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, and a wide range of others) are nutrient dense, with many minerals, vitamins, as well as protein.

Amazing Grass has a wide range of organic super green products that are high quality. You might be able to find something similar in your local area, if you have health food stores.


E3Live
is another high quality product

You also need to be getting some healthy fats. If you are juicing, try adding small amounts of avocado or coconut oil to your juices. Without a gall bladder, digesting fats is much more difficult, so take it slow and see how much your body can tolerate.

It might be worth taking a digestive enzyme that includes lipase, the digestive enzyme for fats.



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