My Morning Lemon Water Ritual
One of the first things I do in the morning is put the kettle on, slice up some lemon (and ginger) and make a big mug of my favourite drink. (Lemon water can also be made with cold or room-temperature water.)
Drinking Lemon Water is so good for you. Lemons are full of Vitamin C, B, essential minerals and antioxidants. If you don’t like the taste of water, it is a great way to flavour water so that you drink more water, as a lot of people are chronically dehydrated these days (common symptoms are headaches, dizziness, tiredness).
To avoid dehydration, the NHS advises 6-8 glasses of water or fluids at least, every day. Do you drink that much? I know it takes effort to do this, but worth it for the health benefits.
And, consider this … The Medical Medium, Anthony William says...
‘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.’
Lemon Water in the morning cleans out your system, because overnight your liver cleans the blood, it puts the good stuff in the right places and has all the toxins ready to be released. So you are doing your liver a great service by flushing out these toxins with this morning ritual.
It is advisable to wait 15-30 minutes before drinking anything else eating breakfast, so the lemon toxin-busters can do their thing.
(By the way, if you don’t like LEMONS, or fancy a change, LIMES work just as well.)
Lemons have been shown to also be anti-aging, excellent for weight loss, support the immune system, alkalise the body (less acid and more alkali is what we want for our body to be able to fight off pathogens), regulate body temperature as well as aid digestion. Amen to that list!
I add ginger to my lemon water as it is known to greatly aid digestion and has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities. It also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
You can also add a teaspoon of raw honey to your lemon water. From
Anthony William again, ‘Your liver will draw in the raw honey to restore
its glucose reserves, purging deep toxins at the same time. Just be
sure to buy raw versus heated honey so you get all of this medicinal
food’s healing properties.’
A common worry about lemon water and tooth decay is one I hear a lot, Anthony has this to say…
‘Contrary to popular belief, lemons and lemon water are excellent for oral health including your teeth. They are highly mineralizing and loaded with calcium. Fresh lemon kills the bad bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay. They may taste acidic but they are highly alkalizing in your mouth and body.’
PS. There is a health myth about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning, but Anthony says ‘Apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic and it pickles the liver. The liver cells struggle to stay balanced and perform as they fight for oxygen, because vinegar steals oxygen from the bloodstream and the liver. ACV (like any vinegar) comes into the stomach extremely acidic. The liver must put a halt to it immediately and use its every reserve to try to alkalize or at least neutralize it.’
For more information please see Anthony William’s website
or read his informative and inspiring books, The Medical Medium, Liver Rescue, Thyroid Rescue Healing Foods and Celery Juice.
Photo Credits: Lemons - Gemma Evans. Lemon & ginger tea - Dominik Martin. Glass with lemon - Claudia Crespo. Jug with lemons - Julia Zolotova.