Finish this sentence for me…
“When I wake up, the first thing I drink is a cup of…”
If you said coffee, join the other 46% of Australia,
If you said tea, join the other 38%,
If you’re in the other 12% then you may drink a combination of water or nothing at all.
What I am about to share with you does not mean you need to cut out coffee (I dare you try prying a cup out of my hands these days!) but what I am hoping is that the information I am about to share with you will lead you to kick start your day with a different kind of drink, and in turn, make your gut super happy!
Lemon & Warm Water
Not only does it detox and stimulate the liver to purify your body, but it supports healthy skin, supports the immune system, and is packed with good old Vitamin C!
Think of lemon and water like a snow plow during a harsh New York Christmas. When you put this bad boy into your body first thing in the morning you are essentially cleansing your bowel and allowing your waste to flush out more efficiently. It stimulates the release of gastric juices, keeping your digestion running at at peak performance all day.
Lemon water keeps your Ph levels balanced by alkalising the body. Our bodies Ph levels are super important. If you are too high in acidity this can create inflammation as well as infection, in particular with your urinary tract. When you drink lemon & water it encourages the production of urine which essentially decreases the risk of bad bacteria growing. So by flushing out your urinary tract, and ridding yourself of toxins, you can avoid the discomfort of an unfortunate UTI.
You all know the struggles I have had with my skin, if not read My Story or Bad Skin? You’re Not Alone. Detoxifying your body already means your skin is going to be much happier, but when I learnt that Lemon also has antioxidant properties that help repair you skin, you know I was all about it.
Now are you one of those people who struggle from bad breath, even if you have brushed a thousand times, flossed and carry a pack of gum 24/7? Well here’s where lemon & water can come in handy for you! Lemon has antiseptic properties, it’s actually one of the most commonly used ingredients in home made cleaning products and sprays because its kills bad bacteria. So if there are some nasty things hiding in your mouth that you can’t get to, lemon will get rid of it for you!
Last but not least, lemon & water helps reduce your appetite. Lemon contains a fibre called Pectin and I quote “Pectin helps stave off hunger as the fibre creates a feeling of fullness”. This allows you not to grab the first thing you see when you get to work or wherever you go first thing in the morning after you leave your house, helping you make keep good old hangry vibes at bay and in turn, make better food choices!
Give it a try, see how you go & watch your skin GLOW!