I promised a series of blogs about simple things you can do to move in the direction of holistic wellness. I’ve struggled with choosing what to write about first. There are so many things to choose from, so I decided to pick something very simple, but with multiple benefits.
One of the easiest things you can do to move toward a lifestyle that embraces holistic wellness, is to start you day off with a glass of lemon water.
First and foremost, when you wake up in the morning you are slightly dehydrated! It’s been hours since you drank a significant amount of water, so a nice glass of water first thing in the morning, is exactly what your body needs. Most of us struggle to drink the 8+ glasses we should, so drinking 8-16 ounces of water in the morning gives you a great start to meeting your water quotient for the day!
So next you might ask, why add the lemon? Well, there are MANY reasons. I will list just a few…
-Even though lemon is acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body as it is metabolized. Americans tend to eat a very acidic diet, which causes a lot of inflammation in the body. Inflammation leads to or exacerbates many disease states from arthritis to diabetes.
-The bitter quality of lemons helps stimulate the liver and thereby helps the body flush itself of toxins.
-Lemons are packed with great nutrients from vitamin C to potassium (and many, many others).
-Lemons help lesson sugar cravings, which helps people lose weight.
-Due to the benefits lemons bring to your digestive system, most people notice less bloating and less indigestion.
There are many other benefits to adding lemon, but how many do you really need before you decide to make this easy addition?
How to make lemon water? This depends a little bit on how much you like lemon. For me, I use 1/4-1/2 a lemon, usually depending on how many lemons I have on hand. Some people prefer the juice of a whole lemon. I do recommend that you use real lemons, not bottled lemon juice. Bottled juice often has additives/preservative…which you really want to avoid whenever possible. Organic lemons are the best option, but they can be really pricey. Therefore, I recommend you just scrub your lemons with a vegetable brush and a little soapy water.
Squeeze your lemon into a glass or large cup. Add your water. I just use tap water, but if you are having liver issue, you may want to use distilled water to decrease contaminates such as chlorine or fluoride. I prefer lukewarm water, because it’s gentler on an empty stomach. However, if you don’t like warm lemon water, drink it cool.
Drink it up and go on about your day. Pretty simple, right? Give it a try!!!!
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.