At The Vital Guide, we are firm believers that we are always just a couple of tweaks away from making our lives work better. One of those “tweaks” is a having a good morning ritual. Even if it means waking up 5 mins before usual and 1 less snooze hit on the alarm, it is totally worthwhile. Besides waking up calmly and rested, a great morning routines is drinking a glass of lemon water.
A healthy morning routine is critical to creating, and maintaining health. Besides all the health benefits of lemons and water, waking up and having our health on our minds is a great habit to cultivate and keep.
When we sleep at night, our stomachs are digesting food from the previous day. This means that there is a ton of acid in our system due to breaking down proteins. Diseases and imbalances can come from a high acidic environment. If we wake up acidic we want to make sure we balance our system out into what is called an alkaline or base environment so that our bodies are not as susceptible to inflammation and disease.
Nothing does this better than a glass of water with lemon.
Not only are we hydrating our bodies first thing in the AM, but the lemon helps us reach that better PH acid/alkaline balance. Most people often think that since a lemon is sour and acidic in the mouth, then it must be as well in the stomach. Not true. Once the lemon hits our digestive system, it is converted to an alkaline base and aids in digesting highly acidic foods.
Benefits of Lemon Water:
Neutralizes stomach acid
Aids in digestion, relieves heartburn and bloating
High vitamin C and immune boosters
Cleanses the liver and stimulates the kidneys
Contains magnesium, calcium & potassium
Will aid in burning fat
A couple of notes:
Don’t add the peel to the water, lemons are rarely washed properly and often travel really far to make it to our glasses
People ask all the time if it should be hot, cold, room temp. The temperature you will ACTUALLY do is best!
Simple! Squeezing a half to whole lemon in room temp water is an easy way to start our day off on a healthy foot. The more of these positive routines that we add to our day, the least likely we are to reach for and crave the things that are harming us. So buy a bag of organic lemons, and before we reach for the coffee or the OJ, let’s get in a tall glass of lemon water to give our bodies the tools it needs to keep us healthy for years to come.