My Morning Routine – The Benefits of Warm Lemon Water and Green Superfoods

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Before I get into my morning routine, I wanted to provide a quick intro to the importance of one’s pH (the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is its pH). Why is this important? An understanding of how to keep your blood in an alkaline range is important for maintaining good health. Your body continuously strives to find the balance and it works extremely hard to create it. When you make poor lifestyle choices or are burdened by a toxic environment, your body has to work harder to create a peaceful homeostasis.

For good health our bodies need to be slightly alkaline (with a pH of between 7.365 and 7.45). Now think of the standard American diet. Most folks are bathing their cells in an acid bath by making poor choices 3 or more times per day with coffee, dairy, sugar, more coffee, more dairy , then factory farmed meat, and then maybe even some frozen yogurt  for dessert (aka frozen chemicals) – terrible!

When our body becomes acidic, mineral losses and metabolic abnormalities occur, as our bodies try to combat/buffer the acid. This greatly increases our risk of developing conditions such as:

  • Obesity, slow metabolism, weight gain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder/Kidney conditions
  • Weakened immunity
  • Premature aging
  • Mood disorders
  • Bowel issues
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue

Yipes! Scary stuff :X

However, not to worry, there are easy ways to help prevent excess body alkalinity. One of the easiest ways being: simply eat more GREENS :]. Eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, juicing, green smoothies, soups) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, alcohol, and coffee), we flood our bodies with chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen.

Now that you have had a mini lesson on the importance of your body’s pH, I wanted to share what I have done to assist with my body alkalinity (as well as other great benefits):  As a part of my morning routine, I drink a glass of warm lemon water and make myself a Green Superfoods shake :].

Warm Lemon Water

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Everyone morning, I drink a glass of warm lemon water (half to a whole lemon, squeezed).  Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around, and of course, as I discussed, adding more alkaline foods helps your whole body wake up, repair, fight, and become a power-house of healing and rejuvenation!  Some other benefits include:

  • It’s a great source of Vitamin C!
  • Aids with Weight Loss (people with more alkaline diets tend to lose weight faster. Also, lemons contain pectin fiber, which helps set your body back to normal hunger levels).
  • Aids Digestion (Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials, and encourages the production of bile in your body.)

Amazing Grass Green Superfood

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Every morning (usually on my way to work), I also drink an Amazing Grass Green Superfood smoothie/drink (chocolate flavor is my fave!). As I mentioned above, one of the best ways to balance your alkalinity is to eat more greens. So when I discovered that you could do that with a quick an easy drink, that also comes in a chocolate flavor! I was sold :]. This amazing product is vegan and gluten free, and helps you achieve your 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. It contains a full spectrum of alkalizing green superfoods, fruits, and support herbs unite with organic Acai, Maca and Cacao.

In good health :],

<3 Sami

Sources: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3400/What-You-Need-to-Know-About-pH.html, The Hormone Diet

One thought on “My Morning Routine – The Benefits of Warm Lemon Water and Green Superfoods

  1. SM. @jesus_be_a

    Thanks so much for this post, Sami! It’s such confirmation, as just this weekend I contemplated buying more lemons in order to make it a point to drink warm lemon water each day. I remembered hearing that it was good for you a while ago, but never knew the reasons why! I appreciate the lesson and the motivation to be “in good health”!

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