Updated: Jul 13, 2020
We understand that establishing a positive morning routine can be really trying at the best of times. Ideally some exercise, stretching, meditation and wholesome good food would be the perfect way to start your day. However, as we all know, life can have other plans. Early meetings, dropping the kids to school, oversleeping and feeling unwell… The list goes on. If we could recommend one effective, simple and next to effortless morning practice, it would be to have a cup of warm water and lemon (one cup of water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime). Do this before eating or having your first morning coffee (Tamika usually has a warm lemon drink sitting on her dresser while putting on some make-up and doing her hair…). The health benefits of this incredibly simple practice are quite expansive and justifies the walk to the kettle and the lemon tree.
1. IIT BALANCES YOUR BODY'S PH LEVELS
Lemon is actually an alkaline food when metabolised in the body. An alkaline body is more likely to digest food better, keep off excess weight and fight off illness. Our western diet is often full of acidic foods which creates toxic reactions in our bodies (*please see a list below). This little remedy is a small yet effective way to help to counter-balance this.
2. IT BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
As some of you are probably aware, lemons contain Vitamin C and Potassium. Vitamin C helps fight off colds and Potassium helps stimulate brain and nerve function.
3. ASSISTS WITH YOUR DIGESTION AND ELIMINATION SYSTEM
The lovely gentle introduction of warm water first thing in the morning kick starts the muscles in the digestive tract, loosening the toxins that settle there over night. Lemon juice also acts as a diuretic, increasing the pace of your body’s urination system.
and lastly… as if this last point isn’t worth it just on its own…
4. BETTER SKIN
Vitamin C in lemon juice helps decrease blemishes and increase a smooth, radiant complexion. Loving it.
In upcoming posts, we will write about other morning practices that can assist you with getting a great start to the day. However, for now, just the small act of having a warm cuppa with lemon can boost both the body and mind, increasing overall daily health.
*Some acidic foods we recommend you avoid:
Sugar (in any form), processed foods, caffeine, MSG or Mono-sodium Glutamate (often used as a flavour enhancer. Generally avoid any artificial/chemical additives however this is a particularly bad one!) Yeast, alcohol, soft drinks and many dairy products (particularly when consumed cold) are also acidic.
There are many other foods we could add to this list, however these are some of the big ones to avoid or at least consume in moderation. Take note how you feel after eating or drinking something, if we are true to ourselves, we actually know what is good for us….we just don’t always want to listen!
With love and light,
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