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My Mornings Have Never Been Better

Mornings are important to me. I need about 2 hours before leaving for work to tidy up the apartment, get ready, have breakfast, walk Lucy and make sure she is ready for a day of lounging on the couch.
After washing my face and before sitting at my vanity, I used to make sure I had a cup of coffee in hand. I even made a routine out of having a cup once I got to the office too. They say coffee isn’t necessarily all bad for you. There seems to be good and bad in everything though, am I right? Some of the pros include: loaded with antioxidants, and reduces the risk of certain type of cancers. Yet beauty wise, researchers say that a large quantity of coffee can dehydrate your skin, giving it a harder time to clear naturally.
Based on these findings, there are two main reasons I have stopped drinking coffee. First, to stop depending on the caffeine and a routine. And second, to test the difference in my skin. Over the past month, I have had 1/2 of a pumpkin spice latte that I treated myself to one cold afternoon. The taste was way too sweet for my liking. As well as two half cups of coffee on a two Saturdays that I could barely drink. The taste wasn’t doing it for me and it made me feel too jittery. 
What is my substitute? 
Hot water with lemon

My mornings now consist of drinking hot water with fresh lemon juice. A drink that has so many pros, there’s no reason not to make the switch! 
The shocking part? I don’t miss coffee one bit.
I found this blog on reasons why a person should make this their morning drink of choice, which I have included the key points below.
1. Boosts your immune system 
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!
Good enough reasons for you?
Conclusion: less tired, happy, a healthy feeling, and skin has never felt better.
xo!
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