I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what you should eat or drink when you first get up in the morning. As we all know it’s important to eat breakfast because it gets your metabolism going, which helps you to efficiently burn off your food throughout the day. But what about before breakfast?
I’ve been reading an interesting book called “Eating Alive” for my course and the author Dr. John Matsen (a naturopathic doctor) suggests lemon water first thing in the morning. Why? Because it is a natural detoxifier; cleaning out the debris in our blood.
When we eat something, digestive juices are produced in our mouth & stomach to break down our food. When we drink lemon water, we trick our body into thinking it’s eating, which produces digestive juices. But, because there isn’t any food to break down, the juices flow out into our blood and start to clean out the “debris” (a build-up of toxins from poor digestion, an overburdened liver, poor diet, etc). Because our digestive system is at it’s strongest between 7am – 11am everyday; drinking lemon water in the morning is the best time for detoxing.
Ginger, cayenne pepper or maple syrup are also great options to add to water, which will get the juices flowing. Fresh fruit or vegetable juices are good options as well.
One of the most important aspects of staying healthy is good digestion. Starting your day with lemon water will not only help keep your blood clean, but will get your digestive juices flowing; helping you better digest your meals throughout the day.
Another important topic for optimal digestion is food combining: which foods to eat together for optimal digestion. Stay tuned!