Every morning, I start my day with a big glass of “upgraded” water as described by Shawn Stevenson, host of the Model Health Show podcast – one of my favorites to follow!
I fill up a glass (actually an old coconut oil jar, because it holds more!) with spring water, then add the juice of 1/2 lemon, a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Why these ingredients? Read on…
*Lemon juice primes the digestive system for a happy tummy and GI system. It also acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent and targets the bad bacteria you don’t want in your system! Lemon juice provides a nice shot of Vitamin C to strengthen your immune system and rebuild tissues, and it also provides support to the liver for efficient detoxification pathways.
*Sea salt provides electrolytes and also contains numerous trace elements. These elements exist in small concentrations but work with other minerals to maintain optimal function in your body. Trace minerals you may find in sea salt include phosphorus, boron, zinc,iron, manganese, and copper. (Note: you need to use a good quality sea salt, such as pink Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt, not the typical iodized salt you find in salt shakers on restaurant tables.)
*Cayenne pepper contains an active compound called Capsaicin, which has been shown to have numerous medical benefits, including boosting metabolism, anti-inflammatory properties, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and stimulating the cardiovascular system.
Aim to consume half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day. If this seems like too much to you, start where you can and work towards it. (Example: A 150-pound person should try to drink 75 oz of water over the course of the day.) One of the best ways to work on drinking enough water is to jump start your morning with a big glass of water as soon as you wake up. If this is a new concept to you, aim for an 8 oz glass. If you are already drinking this much or want more, aim for 16 or 24 oz. Drinking water first thing in the morning will flush accumulated toxins out of your body and will jump start your hydration for the day.
Ideally, wait 15-20 minutes after a large glass of water before consuming your next meal. Too much water combined with a meal can lead to bloating and digestion issues and also malabsorption of food.
How much water do you drink each day? Give this a shot and see if you notice any differences in energy level, concentration, or performance throughout your day.