Beyond having the Everyday Green Smoothie first thing in the morning, starting your day with a mug of warm lemon water (rather than coffee) is an amazing way to give you a boost of energy, eliminate toxins and more. I’m going to give you 5 reasons to give up your morning coffee and 5 reasons to replace it with warm lemon water. Don’t hate me. I’m only sharing for your benefit 🙂
When I first gave up coffee, and believe me I was addicted, I craved something warm in the mornings. It’s like our bodies, after working hard on healing, restoring, detoxing, and cleansing, knows that it’s worked hard fasting all night long and needs to warm up. Especially in the winter and cooler months. I had always heard that warm lemon water in the morning was loaded with health benefits, but my coffee addiction out-weighed any benefits warm lemon water had. I genuinely drank coffee all day long (no wonder my adrenals were shot and I had late stage adrenal insufficiency!), so the fact that I stopped drinking it, means you totally can too. Or at least until later in the day after you’ve given your body a chance to stay in fasting mode and let your cortisol and natural circadian rhythm do it’s thing.
5 Reasons to Ditch Your Morning Coffee and 5 Reasons Why Lemon Water is a Must
1. Coffee disrupts your bodies cortisol levels | Warm lemon water works with your bodies cortisol levels
No one needs their cortisol levels disrupted. In our modernized world where stressors never end, our cortisol (which is controlled by your stress center known as your adrenals) is easily bolted into high production and then when our bodies can’t make anymore we crash, also known as adrenal insufficiency. Your cortisol levels peak around 8am or about an hour after you get up, and having coffee first thing in the morning harms this natural process. It can rev up your cortisol production to where you feel that jolt and energy boost and your body is producing a ton of cortisol but then you use it all out and you crash. Sometimes you crash around 11 sometimes you can crash around 2 or 3. So you drink more coffee trying to give you that bolt. And over and over it goes until you’ve gained weight in your midsection from high cortisol production, you become anxious or depressed from out of whack hormones, and you might even struggle with infertility. (And many other bodily processes can be effected by this. Think systemic inflammation and auto-immune issues). Warm lemon water first thing in the morning works to help your bodies natural cortisol levels and provides a natural boost of energy from the vitamins and minerals it contains. Which leads me to….
2. Coffee leaches essential vitamins and minerals from your body | Warm lemon water contains vital nutrients your body needs
Although coffee isn’t bad, and I’m not suggesting it is because it does have health benefits when consumed later in the day, it does leach essential vitamins and minerals from your body. This list isn’t exhaustive, but coffee inhibits the absorption of calcium from the body along with vitamin D, the B vitamins, and iron. Many people take a daily multivitamin and then they consume 1-2 cups of coffee, totally or partially negating any health benefits their multivitamin may have. When you drink warm lemon water, you are giving your body a vital and huge dose of vitamin C and potassium. When you drink your mug of warm lemon water, followed by the Everyday Green Smoothie you are setting your day up for an abundance of energy and loaded amounts of nutrition your body needs.
3. Coffee inhibits the natural detoxification from morning fasting mode | Warm lemon water helps your body detox and cleanse
When you sleep overnight, your body is working hard to restore, repair, detox, and cleanse every cell in your body. That’s why, when you are sick, sleep is so crucial to healing. When you “break your fast” with coffee, you are breaking that crucial healing time by consuming something that doesn’t bring wholeness to your body. Again, coffee isn’t bad and has many beneficial properties, but not first thing in the morning. When you drink warm lemon water, you are assisting your bodies natural process and then by having the Everyday Green Smoothie shortly after, you are keeping your body in fasting mode thus allowing your body to continue to heal all while nourishing it with essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Coffee adds to the acidity of the body | Warm lemon water helps balance your pH with alkalinity
It’s not surprise we live in a toxic world. From chemicals to pesticides to exhaust to GMO’s, our world is not rainbows, sunshine, and unicorns. Because of this, our bodies tend to become acidic, which causes systemic inflammation, which in turn leads to disease and illnesses. We can’t control everything in our world but we can control what we put in our bodies, and why add more acidity to our bodies then it already has?! Warm lemon water helps to balance your bodies pH with alkalinity.
5. Coffee can contribute to dehydration | Warm lemon water is hydrating
I hate to break it to you. But your morning coffee could be inhibiting you from getting your daily water intake. From not drinking all night long while sleeping and then drinking coffee first thing in the morning to not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables to not drinking enough water during the day, most people are in a state of chronic dehydration. Get daily headaches? The majority of them are from lack of water. It’s hard enough to get enough water with the way our lives are. We rarely eat enough fruits and vegetables (which naturally contain water) and we rarely drink enough good water, so starting the day with more dehydration from coffee really isn’t ideal. Warm lemon water provides one great glass of hydration first thing in the morning setting yourself up to feel better and make better choices throughout the day.
But don’t take my word for it. Try it. Do it for 14 days and see how you feel. Let me know if you embark on the warm lemon water journey for 14 days. I’d love to hear your results!
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