I have been drinking warm fresh lemon water every morning upon waking for the past 9 years. That was one of the very first things my nutritionist required as we embarked upon my clean eating lifestyle. Most people that I talk to wonder why this warm drink is so beneficial. And I must admit, when I first began drinking it, I had no idea why I was drinking it, other than the fact that Alison, my nutritionist, told me to. Back then I pretty much did everything she told me to, without questions. I trusted her. And still do today. So, after much research, I am well versed in why this little concoction is so so good for you. I will get to the list of benefits shortly, but first want to introduce you to a new addition to my warm lemon water. Salt. Yes, you heard me correctly. I add a teaspoon of Himalayan salt to my warm lemon water every morning. This is also known as Sole. The taste is not for everyone, but I assure you, you get used to it. Or at least most people do. My husband being the exception. I made this for him one morning and he truly gave it his all, but could not get it down. So, in his case, we stick with plain lemon water. If you think you may fall in the same boat as my man, just start with a 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and work your way up. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Baby steps work just fine for this drink.
Now let’s talk about the outstanding benefits of both lemon water and Himalayan salt water. According to www.foodmatters.tv there are 16 health benefits of drinking warm lemon water. Click on this link to get the full list. http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/cheers-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water. A few of my favorites are : flushes toxins, aids in digestion, helps balance pH levels in the body, helps reduce inflammation in the joints, helps cure the common cold and acts as a powerful antibacterial.
*Since I originally wrote this post, I have been introduced to Helen Sanders, the founder and main editor for www.healthambition.com. She published a pretty extensive post inclusive of the many health benefits of lemons. Check out her post here.
The list of health benefits in consuming Sole is just as lengthy as lemon water. For full research on this as well as the recipe that I use, please visit www.himalayancrystalsalt.com. The main reason I was put on Sole was to increase my mineral intake. I am continually low in vital minerals, so this addition to my diet has made a huge difference. Sole can supply the body with 84 essential minerals, balance the alkaline/acidity balance in the body, and helps cleanse from the inside out. When you prepare the Sole, make sure you store it in a glass jar. I purchased a small glass jar at Target to keep mine in.
So, we have gone over quite a bit in this post. This regimen is the one single thing I do every day to maintain good health, vibrant skin, and increased levels of energy. I highly recommend this routine for each of you. Lemons are inexpensive and the homemade Sole lasts a long time. One tip….Do not use hot/boiling water as it will kill the beneficial enzymes in the lemon. Give this a try and let me know what you think.
Warm Lemon Water
1 coffee mug of warm not hot filtered water
1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
1 tsp Sole
Updated 03/27/15 – Here is another great article supporting the health benefits of drinking lemon water from Health Ambition. Check it out and start the spring off on the right foot!