I wanted to mention a little tip for quick energy in the morning.
I started drinking hot water with lemon a few weeks ago when I had this awful sore throat and cough and other nastiness going on. It stuck with me after I got better and wanted to share with you all the amazing benefits of this little wonder drink.
It might sound simple but hot water with lemon can help with so many different things. It is a wonderful thing to start off your day and so easy and inexpensive.
I buy lemons in bulk- since they are going into my drink I try to get organic when possible- and chop them up. I keep a container of chopped lemons in the fridge so this is super fast to put together.
I am a heavy coffee drinker and I am not a morning person. I usually stumble around stupidly until I get the coffee in my system but the last few weeks I have actually been starting the day with hot water and lemon instead.
I have to say I really feel so good since I made this little switch. As with many of you, the morning tends to be a bit of a sprint around here… roll out of bed, get ready, get the kids ready, get the kids dressed and out the door and on your way to get your day started. This is every morning around here and then on the weekends I get up super early to hit the gym. So we never have those lovely leisurely mornings and I need to hit full speed pretty quickly.
Now I haven’t given up coffee mind you- but I thought some of you might consider making this tiny little switch too.
But why the heck would I suggest you delay the pleasure of your morning coffee for a cup of water?
Well hot water with lemon can reduce puffiness in your face first of all. That is a nice benefit first thing in the morning.
The lemon fragrance is also known to improve your mood so there is perk #2 for the morning.
Lemon can serve as a diuretic which I am not going to elaborate on but it will help flush out your system and can help get rid of water weight (added perk= prettier skin!)
So it really is the perfect way to start the day. I have noticed I just feel better when I start off with hot water and lemon. I make hot water, squeeze in the lemon juice and usually leave the rind right in my water.
Sadly, I am a coffee lover so I do follow this up with my morning cup but I have found it also curbs my appetite in the morning. I still have breakfast but I am not starving in the morning and making bad choices on what to eat.
And I don’t just have this first thing in the morning. I have taken to drinking hot water with lemon a few times during the day and often right before bed. It is especially nice after eating because it does aid with digestion. If you ever feel a little uncomfortable from eating too much or nausea or any other tummy discomfort you might try this and see if it helps!
Try this out in the afternoon when you are craving something sweet and sugary. Often the body is just slightly dehydrated and you may find the lemon gives you a bit of energy. I will grab for a hot water and lemon before I grab for that last cup of coffee.
PS: Make sure to dump that lemon slice down the garbage disposal for a quick little odor eliminator.
And since we are speaking of lemons, did you know you can make your own Buttermilk? This is great in a pinch if you need it and you don’t have any on hand.
*NOTE: I am not a dietitian or medical professional so this is not medical advice. Also you might talk to your dentist because lemon can create issues with the enamel on your teeth.