weekend wellness {three} starting the day with a twist

{image & info via Mind Body Green}

A twist of lemon, that is! A glass of warm water with lemon a day keeps the doctor away. So why should you start your day with a tall pre-breakfast glass of lemon water? Why not – it tastes wonderful and is so calming and relaxing to wake up to. If that’s not reason enough, here are some health benefits that will have you sold on this little morning ritual of mine.

I usually keep my mornings really clean, starting with lemon water and usually a smoothie when I’m actually hungry. As Americans it is ingrained in our brains to eat a huge breakfast as soon as we awaken for energy, when in fact the result from those high fat, high sugar/animal protein typical breakfasts is that the take so much energy to digest they are stealing your energy from doing other things. While I love a good breakfast as much as the next guy, I think it is important to listen to your body and not just feed it because it is morning – feed it because you are hungry.

However, it is a good idea to eat within two hours of waking up and start with something healthy and empowering, as it can set the tone for your entire day. A green smoothie of some sort or fruit are a great options because they take very little energy for your body to digest.

I digress, that’s enough about breakfast (we can talk smoothies in another Weekend Wellness post), but back to the pre-breakfast lemon water ritual.  It will immediately give you a vitamin C boost, help your digestion and get things moving in the morning. It also balances PH, clears skin, aids dental care, controls high blood pressure, hydrates the lymph system, reduces fever and purifies blood. …reason enough? If you’re still unsure, you have some extra reading. There are some great articles about this subject.  So don’t just take my word for it, read thisthisthis…& this.

SIMPLE HOW-TO:

things you need: half a lemon, warm water, your favorite mug

Simply warm the water and while it’s heating up grab a lemon roll it along the counter top to soften it and slice it in half. Place one half in the fridge to use later. Pour the water in the mug once warm and let it cool if it’s piping hot (having the water boiling or too hot will kill/cook the enzymes in the lemon making it slightly less beneficial) after water has cooled and is warm but not hot squeeze the juice of half the lemon into the mug. Sip slowing and enjoy!

optional: Sometimes I add in some fresh ginger (let it steep in the water first) & a shake or two of cayenne pepper.

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3 comments on “weekend wellness {three} starting the day with a twist

  1. A great breakfast!!

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