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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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