The Pause That Refreshes
For many of us, mornings are a blur – involving a mad dash to wake up, get dressed, check email, take the dog out, feed the family, get kids to school, and arrive at work on time, among other things. The thought of adding yet another “to-do” may seem overwhelming. But what if a simple, 3-minute addition to your morning routine not only enhanced your day, but your overall health? That’s why here at Actifirm, many of us have embraced the morning ritual of drinking warm lemon water. It takes just a few moments, but the enhanced feeling of health and well-being is immeasurable.
The drinking of warm lemon water may have its roots in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine, but many of its benefits can also be supported by modern scientific principles. And starting this daily regimen couldn’t be simpler. Simply squeeze half a fresh lemon into a cup of warm (not hot) water, then drink. From this tiny change in your routine, you may realize some of these health perks:
Here’s something we can all benefit from in the midst of cold and flu season. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, a natural cold fighter.
Although we think of lemon juice as acidic, citric acid does not create acidity in the body when metabolized, and is actually alkaline to the body – and an alkaline body is a key component to optimal health.
Rich in pectin fiber, lemons may help keep hunger and cravings at bay. Additionally, an alkaline diet may make it easier to shed pounds. Last, this pure and healthy ritual is a positive way to start the morning – which may make it easier to stay on track all day.
The warm lemon water ritual may help detoxify the body in many ways. Warm water stimulates peristalsis in the digestive tract – the muscle contractions that keep things moving, so to speak. In addition, the vitamins and minerals in lemons may help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. Because lemon is a natural diuretic, it may help flush toxins from the body more rapidly. Lemon juice may also help purge toxins from the blood, for clearer skin.
The simple act of drinking a glass of fluid first thing in the morning gives the body a defense against dehydration. Dehydration can cause myriad issues in the body – adrenal fatigue, toxic buildup, constipation, and more.
So try the warm lemon water ritual for a month. Not only will you feel too good to give it up, but it might make you into a morning person. Here’s to a healthy new start in 2013!