I find that small changes can make a big difference. After the holidays, you may have indulged in foods that you don’t eat very often, they are often rich and can make you feel a little sluggish and heavy come the end of the holiday season. You need something to help you get going in the morning, I’m not suggesting ditching the coffee but you might want to try a warm glass of water with a lemon squeezed into it first thing in the morning.
The liver is the main organ in the body whose job it is to clean and clear up our blood system from toxins, cholesterol, alcohol, excess sugar, to name but a few ! You can only imagine the work it has to do following the holidays.
One way of helping it along is by drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. When lemon is absorbed by the body, it actually becomes alkaline and helps our body maintain a pH of about 7.4. Maintaining a body pH slightly more alkaline (at 7.4) also helps the body to absorb vital vitamins and minerals, which are not absorbed as well when the pH is more acidic (below 6.8).
Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C, so during these cold winter months, this is a great addition to your lifestyle and will also support your immune system and help keep at bay those coughs and colds which are lurking round the corner.
These are all functions that the liver carries out on a daily basis and therefore not only will you be supporting your liver, you will also find that you may feel a little more energetic, less sluggish in the morning. It is also a simple change that can easily be added to your daily routine.
Susan Alsembach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Ezcape Spa & Wellness©