Welcome to the People with Allergies Team. I have intolerance to everything citric acid with natural whole foods, such as oranges lemons, and limes, peaches nectarines, etc…; and any man-made preservatives like in cola canned food and candy. I can use lemon essential oil. There is no citric acid in this part but with a full blown allergy you may not be able to use it this way. I still get nice citrus fruit flavor without this citric acid. The Lemon Balm, Lemon grass and similar plants have lemon-like flavor with out the allergen piece to it.
Do you know of the fine digestive help of the mint family? A sprig of mint or a drop of essential peppermint oil in the glass of iced water is fun. An attractive leaf has ‘carminative’ (tummy-soothing) value.
Lemon is called an acid but not in the way most people define acid. The watermelon and the lemon are good for assisting the body with conversion to alkaline properties. This makes them good youth retaining foods. Sometimes a mix of one ounce any other fruit juice not just lemon with a glass of water can provide this similar nutritional support and digestive action aid.
The Bromelain in pineapple is good for digestion. Add a spear or a ring of pineapple to garnish and taste a refreshing flavor to water. I prefer fresh but packed in it's own juice in a can or jar is nice. Most bar accessory bins have pineapple on toothpicks or juice option behind the mixed drink counter.
Lemon and mint plant families are considered powerful in ridding the body of viral, fungal and bacterial life. This is part of what makes them popular. They are handy fresh flavorful and good looking for the beverage of choice and the inside and out of you.
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I've heard that the thing about lemon-water that helps with digestion is the acidity in it for if you have lower than average stomach acid (generally caused by eating too fast!). So options for doing the same thing without using citrus would be eating slower and drinking small amounts of vinegar before large meals (a tbsp or so). My nutritionist suggested the vinegar. She said most people prefer apple cider vinegar because of the taste, but it doesn't matter which kind if you prefer another.
I'm not the biggest fan of typically breakfast foods (I'm allergic to eggs and lactose intolerant and just never liked waffles or pancakes which cuts out pretty much everything - except bacon!). Generally my breakfast is a raspberry-blueberry-mango-apple smoothie or toast with PB. Really though, I think having standard breakfast fare in the morning doesn't matter so long as you get your 5-7 freggies throughout the day and appropriate amounts of calories, fats, carbs and protein and everything else.
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One of the best things I hear about dieting is to drink water with lemon...the problem is I am highly allergic to lemons, limes, and grapefruits and will have an anaphylactic reaction to them. Does anyone know of good substitutions for these items for flavorings or breakfast ideas?
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