March 10, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Drink lemon water every morning! I think with the beautifully sunny weather we've had lately, I'm in total summer mode. All I want are salads, lemon flavored things, the beach, and light, summery drinks. Which brings me to my new found love: lemon mint water.

I especially love the taste of mint mixed in drinks, salads, and with chocolate. It lends the lemon water a sweet, fresh taste. I recently read about the benefits of lemon water, and there are plenty! Not to mention it tastes so light and invigorating.

Benefits of Lemon Mint Water:
-Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C
-Drinking a big glass of lemon mint water first thing in the morning is one of the best things you can do. It hydrates you after many hours without liquid and helps wake you up.
-Even though lemons are acidic, they actually help to alkalize the body and balance out pH levels
-Lemons detoxify your body by dissolving toxins in the liver
-Lemons relieve indigestion and bloating. Mint soothes an upset stomach.
-Lemons can help with aging by smoothing out wrinkles and getting rid of blackheads from the inside out
-They can suppress cancer cell growth
-Best of all, lemon water can help aid in weight loss by eliminating toxins, streamlining digestion, and hydrating your body.

Flavoring your water naturally with lemons and mint can help inspire you to drink more water instead of reaching for artificially flavored drinks or (heaven forbid!) a soda.

I'm a big time coffee drinker, trust me. So I understand when people say, "What?! Wake up and forego my morning coffee? Blasphemy!" But just wait 30 minutes and chug your lemon water first. Take a shower, get ready, or whatever it is you need to do in the mornings, and save your coffee for the drive to work or 1/2 an hour after you consume the lemon water. After 30 days, let me know if you notice a difference! It's such an easy, inexpensive, fresh modification to your day, and one I think you'll surely enjoy.

Lemon Mint Water

1 lemon
1 sprig of mint
glass of water

Or you can make a whole pitcher and slice up a couple of lemons, throw in some muddled mint leaves, and keep in the fridge. Also, it looks so pretty! You can't help but feel happier just looking at such a sunny thing.


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