Day 4: Wake Up With Warm Water
It’s cold outside ❄️ so why not start your day off with some warm lemon-salted water while you brew your usual cup of joe or tea? Even if it’s not cold where you are, this is still a great way to start the day.
Beyond warming you up, your hormones can hugely benefit by starting your day off with warm water enhanced with a slice of lemon and a pinch of sea salt.
Lemons have been shown to help detoxify the liver. The liver is where we convert hormones, such as thyroid T4 to T3, and it helps to excrete excess hormones such as estrogen which can lead to weight gain, sleep, and mood issues if it builds up.
A pinch of sea salt promotes better hydration and electrolyte balance which is important for hormone and bodily functions. Plus the magnesium, sodium, and potassium in the salt nourish the adrenal glands which largely produce cortisol and DHEA hormone and also contribute to the production of adrenaline, estrogen, and other hormones as well.
Warm or room temperature water aids in the absorption of the lemon and salt nutrients into the body in addition to promoting digestive function and bowel movements, which is how we excrete toxins that can impact hormone balance or excess hormones themselves. Essentially, warm water gives the insides of your body a gentle nudge to get going instead of a cold electric shock to get out of bed.
During the craziness of the holidays, we are more likely to forget to drink water throughout the day and indulge in other activities such as drinking alcohol, more coffee, and traveling which dehydrates and robs us of nutrients even more.
This holiday season, see if you can add in a cup of warm, lemon-salted water to your morning to give your hormones a healthy boost to start your day!
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