Drink to Good Health

Coffee is a relatively new thing to me. I never drank it throughout my undergrad – and really never liked the taste until I was over in Europe and needed to rest my feet in a coffee shop. And though I haven’t fully transitioned into the world of enjoying black coffee, lattes and americano mistos have definitely taken over my liquid intake during grad school.

I don’t think I’m the only one out there. Someone who genuinely enjoys the taste of coffee, enjoys having a warm drink in the morning, but also feels that coffee doesn’t totally mesh well with my body. I’m past the jittery stage, but I do tend to get upset stomachs or even mood swings when I drink too much coffee in a day. I’m also guilty of using it as a crutch for those early mornings where I fought to get myself out of bed.

Coffee isn’t the worst thing in the world – but if you’re like me and feel some of the negative sides of it (especially when you drink it first thing) then maybe it’s time to switch up your morning routine. Coffee can still be included, but I’m here to share with you a better (and oh so much cheaper) alternative to put into your body first thing in the morning: simple ol’ hot lemon water.


This might not be a surprise to you – or maybe it is. Either way creating lemon water is as simple as squeezing half a lemon, boiling some water, and combining into a cup or travel mug. The benefits are huge compared to the prep time involved, and your body will be humming a ‘thank you’ for the rest of the day.


Digestion & Detoxification

Lemons actually trick the stomach into thinking it’s stomach acid and help it to produce more bile. This helps to keep food moving through the body and keep the intestinal tract in good shape. Lemon water can also help relieve indigestion and upset stomachs by helping to break down foods in the stomach.


Boosts Energy & Mood

The negative ions from lemons give your body a boost minus the caffeine. This means you can wake up in the morning feeling energetic, without the crash later on.


Improves Skin

Lemons contain phytonutrients, which have strong antioxidant properties. These antioxidants help the body fight free radicals which can age your skin, and also help boost collagen production in the body. This means skin fills out and wrinkles are reduced (no botox required!).


Alkalizes the Body

Despite seeing lemons as an acidic fruit (hence that sour taste), they actually help alkalize the body and bring it to a more balanced pH level. Great for all of the body’s natural processes to work at their best!


Boost of Vitamin C

Lemons are a huge source of vitamin C, which helps the body produce more white blood cells. White blood cells are the body’s natural defence by taking care of the immune system and helping to prevent any oxidative damage in the body. Juice half of a lemon and you’re getting 1/6th of your daily Vitamin C boost!


What is your current morning drink? Is it feasible for you to try and switch out one of the days for a hot lemon water? Why or why not?

Mindfully yours,

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