My intention for this blog is to share the products, people and practices that helped me through breast cancer treatment so they may help you or someone you care about.
Before I was diagnosed with Stage 3A hormone receptor breast cancer, I drank homemade lemon tea most mornings. So, we can safely say that drinking lemon tea does not cure cancer on its own. Sorry to be a Debbie downer.
What I can say about this practice is that continuing it through treatment helped me.
Before eating in the morning, I squeezed half a lemon in a coffee mug. Then, I added hot tea ready water. Sometimes I used half a lemon. Sometimes I used a whole lemon.
Though citrus fruits exhibit compounds that support healthy cell growth and thus inhibit cancer cell growth, I didn’t drink the tea for that reason.
I drank the lemon water tea because it felt good.
It felt like I was doing something easy and good for my body.
I think it helped me in two ways:
The extra hydration. Breast cancer treatment therapies like chemotherapy and radiation taxed my body. Upping my fluid intake made me feel better.
It was a practice I could do every day that delivered goodness to my body.
OH, there is a third reason (silly chemo brain)
Vitamin C. It’s proven to boost the immune system. When I was going through chemo, my daughter started pre-school for the first time.
I believe that extra boost of C kept me from the kiddie crud while going through treatment.
Here’s a sample of my liquid intake during a day of chemotherapy:
- Lemon tea when I woke up
- Then, Organic Green Juice
- Then, Green Protein Balanced Smoothie
- Throughout the day, five 16oz glasses of filtered water or bubbly mineral water like Pellegrino or Perrier to combat nausea
The lemon tea is something I do now from time to time. If we’re out of Organic Green Juice fixings, I’ll do lemon tea. It’s easy. It feels good. And, I know it’s good for me.
Hope this helps you or someone you love.
[Images procured at Pixabay if not my own.]