A Simple Morning Ritual
If you’ve watched television recently, perhaps you’ve noticed that not a commercial segment passes without the mention of a prescription drug.
Or at least it seems that way to me.
Sometimes several drugs are mentioned before regular programming resumes.
The list of side effects seems just as bad, if not worse, than the ailment that the drug is supposed to cure.
There was a day when drug companies were not allowed to market on television or in magazines.
Obviously, times have changed.
As pharmacist turned health coach, this is disturbing.
Of course, I’m thankful that there are so many treatments available for acute and chronic illnesses and diseases.
In my ideal world, we’d see more commercials that encourage a life of quality using alternative practices, such as food and exercise.
When was the last time you saw a commercial about the healing effects of fresh fruits and vegetables?
Bet you remember the last time you saw a commercial for a fast-food restaurant.
Thanks for reading to this point and please hang with me. I’ll hop off my soapbox now and get to the good stuff.
I’ve been practicing this morning ritual for months. I am the experiment, along with my family.
When results are positive, I share it with you.
First thing in the morning, drink 16 ounces of lemon water. You can enjoy it throughout the day as well, however it’s the perfect way to hydrate and rid your body of excess toxins that have accumulated while sleeping.
Here’s the recipe: Squeeze ½ a fresh lemon (or 2 limes) in 16 ounces (2 cups) of room temperature or cool water.
Wait 15-30 minutes before consuming any other food or drink. Some of you (and I used to do this) may be adding the lemon juice to warm or hot water. Benefits of the lemon juice are optimal in room temperature or cold water.
By the way, even Mr. Non-Compliant is going along with this healthy habit.
Benefits are numerous and include:
- Hydration with vitamins and minerals, so also excellent before and after exercise
- Increased vitality for mind and body
- Aids in weight loss
- Strengthens the immune system
- Helps improve digestion and reduces acid reflux and kidney stones
- Alkalizes the body, which may be beneficial for relieving chronic pain, boosting bone health and protecting against disease
- Keeps skin glowing
- And much, much more
If desired, you can add one teaspoon each RAW honey and freshly grated ginger to the lemon water. This is even more healing.
Note: While some may have concern about tooth enamel, lemons and limes are highly alkalizing in your mouth and body. If you’re nervous, drink it before brushing your teeth, use a straw, rinse or brush after drinking. Keep in mind that coffee, red wine and tea weaken tooth enamel, as well as orange juice, sodas (diet and regular), some sports drinks, foods with a high sugar and starch content.
Cheers to the lovely lemon.
Health Coach Carol
“Lemon water is the perfect way to hydrate, purify, and revitalize your body each morning. Water coming straight from the tap or a bottle has lost its vitality and its innate living structure. By adding fresh squeezed lemon juice, you “wake up” the water and bring it back to life. This allows it to travel more deeply into your tissues and cells and carry the essential nutrients and compounds you need in order to thrive.”—Anthony William
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