Daily Cleanse: Lemon Water

Happy Monday!!! Today is a good day to tell you all about my morning ritual that I’ve done every day since summer 2011. I never ever miss a morning of this–even when I travel I carry lemons and cayenne pepper with me! I also got my boyfriend doing this every day too-he loves it! Here’s the ritual, it’s so easy and the benefits are enormous.

  1. Upon waking: Take a large mug and fill with purified water
  2. Microwave for about 60-70 seconds
  3. Squeeze in 1/2 FRESH lemon juice (not store bought lemon juice as it has preservatives and garbage added to it)
  4. Add a dash or two of cayenne
  5. Drink quickly, followed by regular water as well!

I do this every day and I also take a few swigs of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar! (Note: start small with the ACV–perhaps 1 tsp and work your way up to 1-2 tbsp if you have a sensitive stomach). These (lemon and ACV) cleanse the liver and help the body get rid of toxins (if you drink alcohol you MUST do this). The cayenne boosts your metabolism and gets things going – It also wakes you up in the morning! I wait probably 20 minutes or so before eating after I do this (unless of course it’s a gym morning – then I wait a couple hours before eating as I work out in a fasted state).

That’s it! This is one of the easiest, best things you can do for yourself upon waking. We are very dehydrated first thing in the morning as we obviously have been asleep (and not drinking water). This is why it’s so important to wake up and drink warm lemon water, followed by a large glass of regular water (I prefer room temperature) to make sure you hydrate your body! This also helps with anti-aging! I highly recommend you up your water intake to your body weight, or at least 100 ounces, and see the difference in how you look and feel.

I promise you won’t regret it! *note: if you have sensitive teeth or feel that the acidity is too much (although it should be ok since it’s diluted with 10+ ounces of water, I use big mugs like the one pictured below), you can drink this out of a straw instead!

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