6 Reasons to Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

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Using common foods to maintain health and promote healing is one of my favorite topics. Lemons are high on the list of healing foods and most of us already have them in the house. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and also act as a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances, including citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene that promote immunity and fight infection.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the  morning has some really potent health benefits that I want to share with you.

1. Kickstart Digestion

Lemon juice encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract and gets things moving. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning gets your digestion system ready for the day.

2. Detoxify

Since lemon water activates the digestive system this also helps to detoxify the body. It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver. This is a gentle and simple way to detox everyday.

3. Boosts Immune System

Most of us know that Vitamin C is good for the immune system. Vitamin C works best when it’s taken in on an consistent basis. Lemons are high of vitamin C so starting a lemon water practice is a great way to get plenty of this antioxidant without a supplement. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed so replenishing your vitamin C every morning is always a good idea – in times of stress or anytime.

Warm lemon water is also an effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Since the vitamin C in the lemon juice is also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection.

4. Unclog the Lymphatic System

Drinking warm lemon water can help to clear the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system has many functions such as detoxification and immune functions so keeping it clear is important for optimal health.

5. Balance PH

Keeping a balanced PH is important for good health. Many diets are based on alkalizing the body with lots of healthy vegetables. Lemon is a great way to help balance PH on a daily basis.

If you want to give your routine an added PH balancing effect, add 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to your lemon water.

6. Promotes Healthy (and Youthful) Skin

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too. The detoxifying nature of lemons helps to carry toxins out the digestive system instead of it coming out the skin causing eruptions. Vitamin C is also effective as a topical application for scars and age spots so applying lemon topically may help.  The high vitamin C content in rosehip seed oil is why my Renewing Facial Serum is an effective and natural way to reduce scars and dark spots on the skin as well.

Here is how to prepare your lemon water:

Start with a cup of warm filtered water  not boiling hot water (side note: my favorite water filter is the Berkey, read more about it in this post). Generally, its best to avoid ice cold water since it can be a lot for your body to process. It takes a lot more energy to process ice cold water than it does warm water (or any food or beverage for that matter).

Always use fresh lemons, organic if possible, never bottled lemon juice. The best way to get the most juice out of your lemon with the least amount of effort is to use a lemon squeezer, I like this one. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon in your glass and drink it down first thing and wait about 15 minutes before eating breakfast. Be sure to always dilute lemon juice with water because lemon juice can be very hard on the enamel of your teeth.

Do you drink warm lemon water in the morning? What benefits have you seen? Please share in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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A Little Known Secret About Magnesium & Magnesium Lotion Recipe

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Magnesium deficiency is a widespread issue. It effects more then half of the US population and it can greatly effect your health. There are some amazing things that have happened for people just from correcting this problem. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. If you are wondering if you might be deficient read this post: 17 Warning Signs That You are Magnesium Deficient.

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

When we think of taking a dietary supplement, we usually think of taking them orally. Transdermal absorbtion – or absorption through the skin – is another way that some supplements and medicines can be taken. The advantages of transdermal absorption are varied including more rapid entry into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, and increased absorption and bioavailability. Many people have inefficient digestive systems due to poor diet, stress, and medications which makes transdermal absorption a much more effective method of replenishing magnesium in the body. This may seem like a new concept but there are some very common therapies that used this way such as a nicotine patch or a hormone patch.

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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

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Natural and toxin-free diaper rash cream is one of those things that is NOT easy to find. When I had my first child I was on a mission to find a diaper cream that worked and wasn’t full of toxic ingredients. They usually have a very long list of ingredients and a lot of them are not familiar terms. After searching and searching, I decided to make my own so I could control the ingredients and keep the cost down.

There is only one commercial diaper rash cream that I use when I run own of my own and that is Burt’s Bee’s Baby Bee Diaper Ointment. The ingredients are pretty good, it’s not too expensive, and most importantly – it works. This is one of my favorite homemade versions that I make for my children.

Diaper Rash Cream Recipe

In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and bees wax. I often use a glass measuring cup or a mason jar as the double boiler. Remove the jar or measuring cup from the pot and add the zinc oxide. Mix with an immersion blender (mine has a whisk attachment). Drop in essential oils and mix again. Transfer to a glass jar to store (or just put a cover on the mason jar you used as the double boiler). Use as you would any commercial diaper rash product.

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A Note on Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Oil for Children

I have gotten many questions about the use of lavender and tea tree oils with babies and young children because of this widely cited study that stated these oils may cause estrogen imbalance. After reading through information about this I personally don’t feel it is something of concern for the following reasons…

  • The sample pool is only 3 children – 3 boys ages 3, 7 and 10
  • The “product” used is not clear
  • The quality or amount of the essential oils used in the study is unknown
  • It is not clear if there is anything else in the “product” used that could be possible hormone distruptors such as parabens or dimethyl sulfoxide – a substance often used to dilute oils and a known estrogen mimicker

It is your decision to make if you feel comfortable with it or not. I chose to continue to use these oils on my children.

Do you make your own diaper rash cream? Why? or Why not? Please share with us in the comments below.

 

Cocoa Butter Rose Hips Body Butter Recipe

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For Valentine’s Day I wanted to come up with a body butter made with Roses. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C which is excellent for the skin. Vitamin C helps keep skin looking young and may help increase collagen in the skin which reduces the signs of wrinkles.

Body butter is an awesome moisturizer for dry winter skin, works great as a pregnant belly butter, and can even be an effective diaper rash cream.

Cocoa Butter & Rose Hips Body Butter

  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Almond Oil
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Rose Hips
  • 15 drops Rose Essential Oil

All of these ingredients can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs online.

In a double boiler (I use a pyrex glass measuring cup), warm add the coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil. Warm the oil on low heat until all oil is melted and liquid. Add the rose hips to the oil and keep on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, strain out the rose hips and return the oil to the double boiler. Add the cocoa butter and shea butter and warm the oils on low heat until all oils are melted. Pour into a bowl and put in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. It will look like this:

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Whip the body butter with a hand mixer or immersion blender and add the essential oils. It will have the consistency of butter once whipped.

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Put the finished body butter into a jar and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Within 24 hours the body butter will be totally set at its final texture.

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The recipe made two 8 oz jars of body butter. This is a thick body butter with a slightly oily texture due to the coconut oil and a chocolaty smell from the cocoa butter. This would make an amazingly rich Valentine’s Day gift for anyone on your list.

To purchase a hand made organic body butter like this one that is already made visit my skin care shop to purchase my whipped shea butter body butter.

Do you make your own body butter at home? What is your favorite recipe?