Lemon water and salt has been the foundation of my morning routine for many years now, as I’m sure most of you reading this already know. Every morning upon rising, the first thing that enters my body is my little lemon/salt concoction, and I do not miss a day and haven’t in over 6 years. I do change things up from time to time and I wanted to give you a refresher on why I do this and what I add to it!
Three things about my morning elixir always stay the same, unwavering.
- Lukewarm or room temp. Never hot, never cold, more on that later.
- Lemon- I use half an organic lemon, and I squeeze it with my ever so chic pink GLW lemon squeezer!
- Minerals and electrolytes- generally I will get these from adding Sea salt, Celtic salt or Himalayan salt but now I’ve been adding Quinton Isotonic!
Before we get into the details, I am going to summarize why I do this and why I believe anyone can benefit from this! YES, acidity can break down enamel so I have two tips to stop this from being an issue. Use a straw and after you drink your lemon water, rinse your mouth with water for 30 seconds and wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth!
So why lemons? Lemons protect the body and strengthen the immune system. They are a rich source of vitamin C and important minerals like calcium and magnesium. Lemon water in the morning helps balance the body’s PH levels and keeps us hydrated throughout the day. This homemade juice helps the body fight infections like colds or the flu and is a popular remedy for many types of skin irritations, like acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark spots. By acting like a detoxing agent for the body, drinking lemon water daily helps ramp up one’s metabolic rate (great for weight loss, it also helps regulate natural bowel movement) and aids the liver to help flush out toxins, all while keeping you hydrated and providing extra electrolytes to the body.
Why add sea salt? Sea salt in your lemon water helps to control fluid balance, ensuring that the fluid does not just pass through the body, but actually hydrates the body. It too is filled with potassium and magnesium and fun fact: without enough sea salt throughout the day, no matter how much water you consume, your body will still stay dehydrated. We actually NEED sea salt for our bodies to properly function, it serves as a great detoxifier for the body and balances all of our levels. By drinking 1.5 – 3.5 tsp / day of sea salt, you are actually HELPING YOUR BODY avoid water retention, speed up your digestion and regulate a sleep schedule.
Previously, I was making something called Sole Water, this was a tip given to me by my friend Val Weisman. Sole water is basically made by saturating water with sea salt, I use celtic but sea salt or Himalaya salt works well too!
This is done by adding salt to a glass jar until it’s a quarter of the way full, then filling the rest of the jar with water and letting it sit for 12–24 hours. This process “charges” your water and saturates the water. Doing this process really allows us to get the full mineral and electrolyte benefits from the salts and is better absorbed by the body. This salt solution is very therapeutic for the adrenals, it’s a great source of minerals and helps with detoxification. I add 1 tsp of the saturated, sole water into my lemon water.
Lately I’ve been adding the Quinton Isotonic. Can read up more on the benefits of The Seawater You Need to Know About.
Last thing, water temperature. You don’t want your water to be hot OR cold. You want it lukewarm or room temperature. Imagine if someone woke you up with a glass of boiling hot water or freezing cold water? Not ideal right? Same goes for your insides, always wake your body and digestive system up gently.
I often get asked, “Where do I begin?!” Getting healthier can seem super overwhelming but lemon water in the morning is a great way to start. It’s not difficult to do and you will instantly feel a difference and burst of energy. I also strongly believe that when you start your day off with a healthy habit it sets the intention for the rest of the day. As you already know this routine turned ritual isn’t going anywhere – if you aren’t already a lemon water drinker it’s time to start! Try it for 2 weeks, I promise it will change your life.
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- ½ lemon
- 1 tsp electrolytes
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