Do you get up in the morning and instantly say to yourself “Time to make some coffee!” Well it’s time to switch up your routine. Instead I want you to start your morning off this very simple detox, lemon and warm water (or room temperature.) So whatever is currently first on your morning routine now gets bumped down to second place (excluding your spiritual practice of course.)
Lemons have strong detoxing properties that help cleanse your body, aid in digestion, and promote waste elimination. All of which are key to optimal health. To entice you more, lemons have additional benefits:
Energy Booster. Forget coffee; who needs that! You can save some money and skip Starbucks (most importantly, that long line.) Lemon naturally gives you a jolt of energy because it has electrolytes that is critical for cells to produce energy.
Antioxidants. Lemons contain high levels of Vitamin C, a power antioxidant, responsible for destroying free radicals and toxins in the body. It also has beatifying properties, which cover in my article 6 Nutrients For Beautiful Skin.
Weight loss. The pectin fiber in lemons helps to slow down the passage of food into the small intestine. As a result you feel fuller longer. It also promotes bowel movement to excrete waste from your body, which is key in losing weight.
Hydrates Your Lymph System. This concoction puts you on track to avoid dehydration. When you are dehydrated you are prone to symptoms such as: low energy, constipation, lack of mental clarity and even feeling stressed.
Lowers cholesterol. As the fiber travels through your body it scoops up unwanted cholesterol before it hits your bloodstream. This is key; otherwise the cholesterol would be hanging out looking for places in your arteries to clog, a precursor to heart disease.
Combats cancer. Research studies suggest that the chemical, D-limonene, which is found in the peel can prevent and treat certain cancers such as: pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.
Putting it together: The good part is, it’s quite simple and requires minimal preparation. You simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into filtered water (don’t even think about using tap water and remember what I said about cold water) and drink up. Aim to try and get the juice of 2 lemons per day. Don’t forget to scoop out the yummy good inside as well to get more nutrients.
I’m in a sharing mood so here are a few more tips for using / incorporating lemons into your eating habits:
- Drink lemon water through a straw to prevent enamel erosion and teeth sensitivity
- Grate the peel, or zest, and add it on your meats or salads
- Squeeze lemons onto your salad or combine it into homemade dressings
Life can be hectic with your busy schedules, but you have to make self-care a priority as well.
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Do you start your day with lemon and water? Have you noticed a difference after adding it to your morning routine? Will you commit to trying it out, if you haven’t already?
I would love to hear from you, feel free to comment below!
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