Lemon Juice & Honey Morning Detox for Weight Loss & Cleansing
Good Morning and happy Sunday!
Today I wanted to share with you a simple and cheap detox drink you can make every morning; warm water, lemon and honey. Detox tea’s and drinks are very popular at the moment as they do help you shed the pounds quickly, however, this due to the fact that they are filled with natural laxatives. This is a efficient for a quick fix, but if you want to drink something every day which not only encourages weight loss, but also provides a number of health benefits, this post is for you 🙂
Here are the amazing benefits of this morning cleanser you need to know about;
Lemon juice possess a fibre called Pectin. Once in the stomach, it expands as it absorbs water, giving your stomach the impression it is fuller than it actually is. The sweetness from honey also helps with cravings and stops you from reaching for any unhealthy mid-morning snacks!
Struggle to open your eyes in the morning? Honey is a natural energy booster. The fructose in the honey is absorbed slowly and releases energy throughout the morning, while the glucose is absorbed by the body quickly and provides an immediate energy boost. A great reason to have this first thing, even before your morning coffee.
Honey is full of anti-oxidants. One of which lowers your cholesterol and can protect you from heart disease.
Lemon juice is a fantastic natural cleanser for your body. It too is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, including the super Vitamin C. Vitamin C can travel through your body easily as it is water soluble, getting rid of nasty toxins on its way. It is known to be a great colon, urinary tract and liver cleanser. You liver is your body’s filter, so it’s important to keep it functioning well. Lemon is also a natural diuretic (it encourages you to pee), so drinking it daily will ensure you are cleansing your urinary tract efficiently.
Another reason to drink this cleanser in the morning… banish the morning breath! Lemon immediately kills any bacteria in your mouth as does the honey with its anti-microbial properties.
A lack of acidity in your stomach causes poor digestion, which can lead to bloating, constipation and heartburn. Lemon juice’s acidic properties can help this, especially if digested daily. The anti-oxidants in honey also reduce inflammation keeping your stomach healthy and flat.
It ‘s easy to make too, all you need is;
- One cup of warm/hot water
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Writing this post has reminded me just how great this cleanser is and as of tomorrow I am going to make a conscious effort to drink this every morning, why don’t you?
‘Dream big, but wake up early to actualize them’
If my alarm had gone off at 5am this time last year, I would have cried. Who on earth wants to get out their bed in the morning at that time?
One of my favorite authors, Robin Sharma, writes a lot about what he refers to the ‘5am club’. He talks about the benefits of waking up early and the positive effects doing so can have on your life. I first starting getting out of bed early in an attempt to get the gym out of the way before work. I had been reading a lot about mornings being the best time to work out, and as my gym is just a level above my apartment, I felt like I had no excuse.
The first week was hard. The alarm screeching at 5am and the thought of the treadmill made me want to cry. But, I stuck to it and every second morning I was in the gym at 5.15 am. Out the gym at 6am giving me an over an hour to get ready before leaving for the office.
After a few weeks, my body clock had started to work with me and I was naturally waking up just after 5am. Even the mornings I wanted to have a lie in!
However, this no longer bothers me. I now enjoy my extra time in the morning. There is rushing around, I can make healthy breakfasts and lunches for the day and I can do yoga. Most of my ideas for this blog come to me first thing in the morning too. I write my blog and check my emails. I can sit and think about the day head while I have my green tea. When I reach my desk, I feel awake and alert, ready for the day ahead. Because my mind has been active for over two hours. Also, I get to see the sunrise every morning.
In a few points, here are the benefits of waking up early;
• You have more time for a nutritional breakfast
• The best time of the day to work out is the morning
• There is no rush or stress
• You are more productive
• You can relax and de-clutter your mind
• You get some ‘me time’ – very important!
Most importantly, you get more time to LIVE. Why wouldn’t you want an extra 365 hours a year?
Your mornings define your day. How you wake up and spend the first few hours will affect your mood and productivity for the rest of it.
Why don’t you try and wake up an hour earlier tomorrow? It gets much easier and there are so many benefits. Waking up early has made me a happier and healthier person!