Today’s self-care exercise will require:
- 1 mug (free, assuming you already have one)
- 1 lemon ($0.50)
This practice will benefit you:
The first self-care practice that I want to talk about is having a warm cup of lemon water first thing in the morning. This is especially easy to do in the winter, when it’s cold out. I’m not saying you have to replace your morning cup of coffee/tea, but this is an idea that you could implement before that daily cup of joe. Try it for a week and see how it goes.
This health tip comes from ancient Ayurvedic medicine (that is, the traditional medicine of India). Modern research supports this self-care practice by informing us that lemons have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and are loaded with citric acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, B vitamins, bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, enzymes, antioxidants, and fiber. As a result, we know that having a warm glass of lemon water on an empty stomach helps to…
- Boost your immune system
- Aid your digestion
- Detoxify your liver
- Cleanse your lymphatic system
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve blood circulation
- Balance pH levels
- Support weight loss
- Reduce joint pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Freshen breath
- Clear your skin
- Lift your mood
- Naturally energize you
Pretty impressive list, huh? And just think: all we have to do to gain these amazing health benefits is squeeze half of a (preferably organic) lemon into a mug of warm water! Like many self-care practices, drinking warm lemon water in the morning is EASY, inexpensive, and not very time-consuming.
If you aren’t able to use fresh lemons, you can use a few drops of a high quality, 100% pure, therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil. Additionally, if at some point you want to spice things up, you could try adding a bit of honey or even a pinch of cayenne pepper to your morning lemon water. If you’re the above-and-beyond type, you could zest your lemon in the morning before squeezing its juices. By storing the zest in the freezer, you can continue to enjoy experiencing the varied health benefits of lemons as you periodically add the zest to various recipes (such as pasta and salad dressings).
So, there you have it. Now you know what to do when life hands you lemons. If you have any questions, know any additional lemony benefits, or have any pro tips that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to share them by leaving a comment below!