The Gentle Daily Detox
It is January and the start of a new year! Most of us indulged in the holidays and are ready to get back on track to start this year off on a healthier path. The gyms are packed and everyone is looking at every new weight loss plan or detox supplement to help them shed those extra holiday pounds and to feel better overall.
If I told you there is a simple, one-step morning routine that can be added, which takes seconds to prepare and is able to offer you better digestion, more energy, better skin health, a stronger immune system and even weight loss – would you try it?
Over the last 10 years, I have been making small changes in my daily diet and lifestyle. Making small, simple changes in habits, can make it easier to incorporate those changes and usually helps you stick to them. So today I want to share with you all a small, easy step that I have added to my daily routine that has brought me tons of health advantages, like more energy, better digestion and more vibrant skin.
This simple morning routine will improve your health in the most convenient and inexpensive way.
The vast array of health benefits can be attributed to simply drinking warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice every morning before eating or drinking anything else. This easy addition to your morning routine, will not only kick start your digestion, but it will start to move out those nasty toxins that accumulate in our hard-working liver during the night.
Lemons contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. It contains high levels of Vitamin C and folate. Vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals with which it comes into contact with in the body, both inside and outside the cells. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, which can cause a lot of inflammation and painful swelling in the body. The antioxidant power of vitamin C in lemons can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Vitamin C can also prevent cholesterol build up on artery walls preventing heart disease. The vitamin C in lemons also builds up the immune system to prevent infections.
Although lemons are an acidic fruit, they are also known to be a great alkalizing agent once it enters into the human body, helping raise the pH of our body tissue. Disease, parasites and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline body, so lemon juice will again prevent illness. Drinking lemon water each morning will help remove excess toxins in the body and specifically from the liver. Lemon juice will help purify the liver to speed up removal of toxins and helps the liver produce proteins and bio-chemicals which are known to be responsible for proper digestion. Purifying the liver with lemon juice also aids in weight loss by removing the excess toxins and waste products clogging the liver, thereby increasing body metabolism, reducing fat storage and allowing for more fat burning to occur. Lemon juice is also known to help with respiratory problems as it naturally breaks down mucous in the body and acts as a natural anti-histamine. Lemon water is known to be the best treatment for people suffering from asthma and allergies.
Each morning, by drinking one cup of warm water with half a squeezed lemon you can receive a full range of health benefits from a stronger immune system, improved digestion, more energy, a greater detoxification process, less joint pain and even weight loss. Drinking lemon juice each morning can help prevent disease and promotes better health overall.
So why not try this simple addition of lemon juice to your morning routine and receive these awesome benefits today?!
Bringing balance to mind, body and soul.
Nindy Grewal – Holistic Nutritionist (CNP, Cl. Irid., B.Ed)