Good morning! Do you have any morning routines that you never miss?
Well, for me it’s my morning lemon water. Although I don’t always drink it in the same form, I almost always have one. Sometimes it hot, sometimes it room temperature and sometimes it is a Lemon Water Elixir with apple cider vinegar. I like to rotate the apple cider vinegar on and off, a couple weeks or a month on and then I take a break for a month. I have just found that is what personally works best for me and if I continue to drink it every single day I get really sick of it.
Why is this a good way to start your day?
The elixir stimulates and wakes up your digestion, releases toxins from the liver, jumpstarts your digestive enzymes, and is loaded with vitamin C. What else could you ask for first thing in the morning? This is a staple for the seasonal detoxes that I offer and sometime this change alone can provide drastic results.
Lemon Water Elixir
1 cup room temperature water
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
If you feel nauseous or experience tightness in the chest after drinking the morning lemon elixir, please omit the Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar. This reaction can occur from the body’s releasing of bacteria and unwanted toxin. Continue to drink the lemon elixir, omitting the Bragg’s, for at least three days, and then try to re-introduce or use only ½ teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar. If the reactions continue upon reintroduction, continue to only drink the lemon water. I have had this same reaction happen for clients just by adding lemon to their morning water so you might find that you need to start with a 1/4 lemon and work up if your liver is really struggling.
Note: I have heard some dentists say that having apple cider vinegar daily can be damaging to the enamel on your teeth. If you are going to be consistently consuming this beverage you might want to consider drinking this through a straw. At our house we buy either glass or stainless steel reusable straws because who want to be sucking on cheap plastic? (Not to mention filling the landfills!)
Cheers to a healthy liver!