My New Favorite Morning Drink (Besides Coffee)

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lemon Himalayan salt

Here it is:

*8 oz warm/hot water

*Juice of 1 lemon

*1/8 tsp of sea salt (Himalayan, Celtic, Realsalt, etc.)

*Stevia if desired

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

That’s it! This drink does so many good things for your body.

Drinking 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt in your water helps it work better for hydrating every part of your body. I’ve tried many times in my life to “drink enough water” like I was supposed to. It never made me feel better and I had to go to the bathroom a lot. Now I know that it’s important to drink water with a bit of salt in it in order to get all of the benefits.  This is SO IMPORTANT if you have adrenal fatigue, which a lot of us do :). We drink too many cups of coffee to kick our adrenals into action. The adrenals only have so much to give!

The adrenals produce a lot of different hormones: stress hormones, sex hormones, and a hormone called aldosterone. Aldosterone tells the kidneys to retain sodium when it’s needed, for many functions in the body. One important function of salt is to facilitate the transport of nutrients into the cells, such as calcium, magnesium, glucose, and amino acids(sodium-potassium pump). If you have adrenal fatigue, this isn’t working so well.  James Wilson (author of Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome) says:

“Another consequence of low aldosterone is electrolyte imbalance and cell dehydration, which both have negative effects on almost all physiological reactions in the body. Aside from salt cravings, low blood pressure and light-headedness, patients with adrenal fatigue often experience an irregular heartbeat, lethargy, muscle weakness, and increased thirst. These are all a result of imbalance in sodium and other minerals, including potassium and magnesium. Increasing your salt intake is one way to help restore these imbalances.”

So give your poor adrenals some love! ❤

In addition to the hydration and adrenal benefits, lemon water in the morning can assist your body with digestion and detoxification (more info here). In my opinion, improving digestion and detoxification are two of the most important things you can do to improve your mental health. And I am a BIG FAN of mental health and balanced energy!

I’ve had enough ups and downs in my life, have you?


5 thoughts on “My New Favorite Morning Drink (Besides Coffee)

    @homelesscrisis said:
    September 17, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Great article and i love your blog site! I believe i have adrenal fatigue and have been trying to totally change how i eat. This lemon drink is a great idea! Thanks for all the great info!

      Debbie responded:
      September 17, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I hope it helps! Adrenal fatigue is so common, and affects every area of your life.

        @homelesscrisis said:
        September 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

        I have been doing fruit smoothies and veggie smoothies in my Ninja blender lately in my quest to eat better. Love it!

    Kumu said:
    September 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    This post reminds me of how fatigued I am lately and how bad I am at drinking water. I’ve always heard of the Lemon and warm water to increase metabolism , but never tried it with the salt…Thanks for the details , it’s a very helpful post.

      Debbie responded:
      September 30, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I hope it helps 🙂

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