I’ve been using this recipe daily for the past week to prevent dry skin on my face – it works wonders! Today I’m using limes as they looked fresher than the lemons at my local fruit and veg’ grocer. This is the simplified version of the original recipe.
Over the years I’ve had some great feedback about this alkalising drink which features in The Healthy Skin Diet and stage 2 of The Eczema Diet. The Flaxseed Lemon Drink is super hydrating and it helps to boost the health of your liver and skin. The pectin and oils from lemon and lime skins provide antioxidants, chelate toxins from the bowel and stimulate liver detoxification enzymes (cytochrome P450). Ginger is anti-inflammatory and lecithin aids fat digestion and helps your body utilise the anti-inflammatory omega-3 oils from the flaxseed. Lecithin is needed for healthy skin cells as it's a part of the skin cell membrane, allowing fluids to pass in and out of each cell, so it's important for healthy skin (photo of lecithin, below).
Zest or finely grate the skin of the lemon/lime and place the zest in a blender or Nutribullet (etc). Then juice the lemon or lime and add the juice and the remaining ingredients into the blender.
Blend on high for 30 seconds or until frothy. Strain if desired. Sip throughout the day or drink some before each main meal to aid digestion.
- If you have acne or oily skin omit the flaxseed oil.
- I use flaxseed oil in capsules as they keep fresher than the regular bottled oil which only lasts 4-5 weeks once opened. I store the capsules in the refrigerator (regular flaxseed oil must be refrigerated at all time, but with capsules it is optional).
- If you have super dry skin, gradually increase your flaxseed oil intake until you get the results you’re after (about 1 tablespoon or 20mLs per day).
- Lecithin granules are available from most health food shops and some large supermarkets in the health food section. If you are allergic to soy choose sunflower lecithin which is available online.