Starting my day with a warm glass of water followed by another with the juice of at least half of a lemon is one of the first ways I nurture myself every morning.  It’s a morning ritual that helps keep my lymphatic system charged and begins my day with a surplus of hydration and glides my body to an alkaline state.  In the fall, winter and spring I add grated ginger to the mix as it is the perfect way to boost the immune system during prime cold and flu seasons.  (I do not add ginger during the summer because it is warming to the body and I live in an insanely hot climate and don’t need the extra heat.)  {To find out more about my self-care ritual and its importance to health and balance see What Beauty Products Do You Really Use?}

I know.  About now you are thinking you couldn’t possibly start your day without coffee.  Have you ever wondered why, even after coffee, you can’t wake up in the morning?  Would it interest you to know that dehydration is the main cause of feeling hungry?  When you start your day with coffee or tea you start your day off dehydrated which triggers those mid-morning munchies.  Those mid-morning munchies are not good for your waistline.  If you are one of those people who can’t take coffee without sugar then you are adding insult to injury.

Below are 5  reasons to start your day with lemon ginger water:

1.  Jump starts and hydrates the lymphatic system.  Warm water (cold water must go through the process of warming up and does not have the same stimulating effects) immediately starts the hydration process.  Lemon water stimulates the lymphatic system to remove the toxins accumulated in the lymph glands, colon, and bladder overnight.  Adding ginger further helps in elimination of waste through the colon and studies have shown that it provides protection against the development of cancer cells and polyps. Lemon ginger water is also extremely beneficial in cleansing the liver. Chronic dehydration, a problem rampant in our society, leads to stress on the adrenal glands leading to adrenal fatigue.  Starting your day with a mug of lemon ginger water is like an everyday detox that helps you flush toxins, nourish your adrenals, and boost your metabolism.

2. Lemon Water is alkalizing. The body functions best in a more alkaline state and cancer cells tend to breed in an acidic body. Unfortunately due to the Standard American Diet (SAD) , the toxins in  household, beauty and personal care items, and even the day to day toxins in the environment, most people live in an acidic state which breeds illness and disease.  An alkaline state also calms chronic inflammation which is a prime cause of autoimmune diseases and illnesses with immune factors  such as rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis, ankylosing spondylitis, and fibromyalgia. Ginger displays anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders. The chemical components of the root are instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins which are responsible for causing inflammation. Thus the root has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment, in some cases, even more so than the NSAIDs that are traditionally prescribed.  Also, remember, cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment.

3.  Great for glowing skin!  Lemon ginger water is better than any anti-aging cream on the planet.  Rich in Vitamins C and B (specifically riboflavin which protects cells from damage and is great for tissue repair), and minerals like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium (which are great for bones but also calms stress, nourishes adrenal glands, and stimulates collagen).  Your skin can’t glow if your body is toxic or acidic so reasons #1 and #2 are also going to help your skin radiate with health.

4.  Both ginger and lemon are great for digestion.  Ginger is both anti-inflammatory and mucous dissolving (grains cause both inflammation and mucous in both the digestive and respiratory tract).  Lemon is alkalizing.  Both are full of healthy enzymes. Together they stimulate proper digestion.  Lemon stimulates the liver to produce bile which optimizes digestion.  Ginger helps protein digestion, perfect before a protein-rich breakfast.  Water helps lubricate everything to working properly.  All of these factors also encourage the elimination of toxins ingested through foods through the colon.  Which leads us to our last but certainly best reason to drink lemon ginger water in the morning.

5.  Lemon ginger water helps weight loss!  First, people who are more alkaline lose weight more efficiently.  There are many reasons for this; the main one being they limit sugars and grains which cause insulin spikes leading to glycogen being stored as fat.  Ginger is anti-inflammatory which also aids in weight loss and people with chronic inflammation hold weight in both fat and water as the body’s way of trying to fight the reasons for inflammation.  Lemon is a natural diuretic and also stimulates digestion by stimulating bile production in the  liver.  The combination of lemon, ginger, and water hydrate and boost the body’s ability to detox.  A detoxed body is a lean body.

The “how” is easy.  Grate about 1/2 inch of peeled ginger root into a mug.  Pour boiled water over the top and let sit for about 3-5 minutes.  Squeeze a half of a lemon into the water.  For a touch of sweet add in 1 tsp. of stevia or 2 tsp. of raw local honey.  (If using honey, wait for water to cool to warm instead of hot).  I find the taste of lemon and ginger enough for me but will add local honey during allergy season or if I am feeling a cold coming on.

Try this for 28 days and see a change in your energy levels, the radiance in your skin, and the numbers on the scale.

 

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Wishing you peace and balance,

Jacqueline