Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and cayenne is one of those quick and easy habits that can make a really big impact on your health and well-being.
Before I developed this daily routine, I used to crave coffee and sugary foods, like granola or pastries right after I woke up. These foods would satisfy my taste buds but soon after I would be feeling sluggish, bloated and hungry. Since I started drinking the lemon water after waking up, I crave more satisfying foods in the mornings, which set me up for a healthier and more energetic day.
One of the main reasons I started this habit was the fact that lemon stimulates the liver, an important detoxing organ that is most active in the mornings.
Why is it important to help your liver detox?
One of many of the liver’s vital functions is to support healthy and clear skin, and balanced weight, which was what I was after when I started this habit about a year ago. In order for the liver to deliver these benefits, I knew that I needed to support it. Having suffered from bad acne in the past, as well as digestion issues, I was amazed at the difference this simple habit made.
Read on to find out more benefits of introducing this lemon-cayenne water habit in your daily routine.
Both ingredients help the body remove toxins first thing in the morning, which will make you feel lighter during the day and have fewer unhealthy cravings. It has a great impact on skin and helps it to stay clear and radiant.
Both lemons and cayenne are high in vitamin C, which helps the body to fight inflammation, strengthen its immune system, and promote production of collagen and cell regeneration.
Lemons have incredible alkalizing properties, which are especially important for a good metabolism, but also to increase energy and help the body absorb vital nutrients.
Cayenne also stimulates blood circulation and helps produce natural warmth in the body. Just like most spicy herbs, it boosts metabolism and helps burn fat faster.
Both cayenne and lemon help with improving digestion. Remember that healthy digestion is crucial in managing weight effectively and reducing an excess appetite.
How can you start this habit?
Let’s face it, we are all in a rush in the mornings to get ready for the day, and adding another activity to your routine may sound scary or even impossible. In fact, all you need is a strategy to help you build this habit. Then it will just become a part of what you do each morning, just like brushing your teeth.
I normally put the kettle on as I go to the bathroom, and by the time I am out, the water is boiled. I mix ½ glass of cold water with ½ glass of boiled water to achieve a warm temperature (it shouldn’t be hot as the live enzymes in the lemon won’t be fully preserved).
I then add ½ of a freshly squeezed lemon and a pinch of cayenne – the amount depends on how much you can tolerate. You can start with a tiny amount to see how you get on. If it’s easier, you can use a straw to drink the lemon water.
I then have another ½ glass of water while getting ready. Once I put my make up on and choose my outfit for the day, I start preparing my breakfast.
What can you do if your body doesn’t tolerate lemon and cayenne?
You can replace it with mixing 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and then follow it with another ½ glass of water. ACV has an array of benefits for your body, including fat burning, preventing infections and reducing insulin spikes.
Have you tried drinking lemon water yet? I hope this post has been useful for you. I would love to hear from you so please leave your comments below.