Have you seen my free training about making healthy changes that last? In it, I address the importance of morning rituals, and how the first 30 minutes of your day sets the tone for the ENTIRE rest of your day. Morning rituals don’t have to be long or arduous; they can be as simple as lighting a candle or doing some stretches or drinking a tall glass of water. My morning ritual ALWAYS includes water, and lately, morning lemon water has been my go-to way to kick off the day.
Why morning lemon water?
- It’s like a mini-cleanse, every day. It jumpstarts your digestion and gives you a boost of cleansing (free-radical scavenging) antioxidants.
- Strangely enough, even though lemon is acidic, it alkalizes the body. So morning lemon water FIRST THING (before your coffee) is a great way to prepare for your daily cup ‘o joe, which can be acidifying to the body.
- It’s great for your skin. Not only is it hydrating, but again, those antioxidants… They’re amazing! They’ll make your skin GLOW from the inside out.
- It’s an energy boost. Nothing says “zesty! wahoo!!!” and perks you up like citrus!
- It’s great for your lymphatic system. Any time you hydrate your body it activates your circulatory system, keeping the blood and lymph flowing smoothly. Proper hydration — particularly when coupled with gentle movement — helps prevent swelling and reduces stagnation in the body.
- Did you over-indulge? Too much dessert last night? Did you accidentally get “glutened” when you went out to eat? Head throbbing from a hangover? Hey… It happens. Morning lemon water can help.
How to do it:
My first suggestion is to drink your water room temperature (or even lukewarm). Cold water can be a real SHOCK to your system, especially in the morning right after you wake up! Ease into the day with room temp liquid.
To make morning lemon water, you can use fresh lemon slices or therapeutic grade essential oil.
If you use fresh lemon, here’s a tip: first, choose organic. You’ll be using the rind and the fruit, so choosing organic will help prevent you from placing a slice of pesticide/herbicide into your morning drink!
To make your mornings easier, slice 1-2 lemons into wedges at the beginning of the week, and store them in a small glass or ceramic storage container (not plastic) in the fridge. This makes it easy to grab a slice or two when you’re stumbling around, pre-coffee.
All you have to do is pour a glass of water, take your lemon wedge, give it a squeeze, and then pop the squeezed wedge into your glass of water.
Note that if you use fresh lemon slices, you’ll also be getting vitamin C (bonus!!!). However, the acid from the lemon juice is something to consider when it comes to your tooth enamel. Regular intake of lemon water can contribute to enamel erosion. As reported on davidwolfe.com, signs of enamel erosion include:
- Tooth Discoloration – Enamel gives teeth their white appearance. Once it wears away, the teeth may have a yellow tint because dentin, the substance that forms the inside of your teeth, is showing through.
- Transparent Edges – If the edges of the teeth are transparent, this is a sure sign that they enamel is thin and not as strong as it should be.
- Tooth Sensitivity – The dentin is exposed to the nerve of the tooth. Therefore, if the enamel is being eroded, the inside of the tooth is exposed to temperatures that make eating or drinking cold things uncomfortable.
How to circumvent the enamel issue?
If you’re going to drink water with fresh lemon in it, WAIT 20-30 minutes after drinking it to brush your teeth because the citric acid can soften the tooth enamel. You can also swish out your mouth with PLAIN water (not lemon water) before brushing to help.
The other option is to use certified pure, therapeutic grade lemon essential oil (EO) that the manufacturer has deemed suitable for internal use. Do your homework and read labels; don’t just use any ol’ lemon EO you grab off the grocery store shelf!
You only need ONE DROP of lemon EO to flavor your morning water (and to provide the benefits). Add one drop to the bottom of your mug or glass (don’t use plastic!), then pour in fresh water and give it a brisk stir. Oil and water don’t mix, so you’ll need to stir briskly and drink it fairly quickly to prevent the oil from gathering back into a single, potent droplet.
Lemon EO comes from the rind (peel) of the lemon, which is where most of the super-powerful antioxidants (such as limonene) reside. You won’t be getting vitamin C from the lemon juice, but you also won’t have as much risk to your tooth enamel… So it’s really up to you what matters most and what works best in your life.
Whether you choose fresh lemon or lemon EO, I encourage you to try making morning lemon water a part of your daily wake-up ritual!
For more about rituals (and so much more!), check out my free training about making healthy changes that LAST.