The way you START each day is incredibly important. Whether you’re a mom, a nurse, a small business owner, a yoga teacher, or all of the above!, what you do FIRST thing in the morning matters.
Check out this quick 2-minute video showing you what I’ve been doing lately that has helped BOOST my energy (YES even more!), detoxify my liver for BETTER FAT BURNING, and IMPROVE my digestion. Plus it only takes about 60 seconds to do each morning!!
So…are you ready to feel more WOW?! Are you ready to join me in this 60 second morning ritual?!
Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can RADICALLY alter your experience of the day. Don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light!
Like I said, the recipe is really simple—a cup of room temperature or warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.
In the comments below or on our Laura Tarbell Facebook page, tell me which one of these benefits is going to get you to try this morning ritual. Or, if you’re already a lemon water junkie, what specific benefits have you noticed?
If you need a little more persuasion, read on. But if you are all in, grab your keys and head to the store to buy a healthy supply of lemons!
Why drink warm lemon water in the morning?
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the choices you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down. Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, drink coffee, get the kids out the door, don’t be late for work, etc. etc., and that you just don’t have enough time to add anything to your morning routine.
But, drinking a simple 8 oz. cup of warm water with the juice of half a lemon doesn’t take very long and has so many BENEFITS that doing is just TOO GOOD to ignore.
1. Boost your immune system
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balance pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Help with fat loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose fat faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aid digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Act as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clear skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrate the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!