| By Coach JVB |
I’m a huge advocate of Lemon Water in the morning! I believe it’s very important to ‘break-the-fast’ properly after a night sleep. Lemon water acts as a natural detox and gets your digestive juices going and ready to break down food. It’s also very alkalizing to the body. To function properly, your blood and other bodily fluids need to maintain the right acid-alkaline balance, or homeostasis. The food you eat – especially the type of food you eat regularly – affects this acid-alkaline balance. All foods can be classified as neutral, alkaline-forming or acid-forming in your body. If your diet is rich in protein and refined carbohydrates the acidity in your blood/body is high. Eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking lemon water will alkalize the blood and help you to absorb more oxygen boosting your energy levels and immune system.
Start your day off on the right foot – drink 2 cups of lukewarm water with ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice (squeezed in the water) upon waking. Wait 20 minutes before eating to allow for cleansing time.
Here are just a few more benefits daily lemon water can have on your body:
1. Improves Immunity
2. Acts like a natural diuretic
3. Improves skin quality
4. Gets rid of toxins from your body (acts like a mini liver cleanse)
5. Relieves constipation
6. Alkalizes the body
7. Breaks down phlegm
8. Aids in digestion (gets natural enzymes flowing)
9. Helps breakdown gallstones
10. Relieves nausea
Jenny Van Barneveld, aka Coach JVB is one of the fastest rising fitness models and personalities in the industry, having appeared in numerous fitness magazines, including Inside Fitness, Better Bodies, Planet Muscle and UMM. She is a certified personal trainer and is set to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition this year. Jenny is also passionate about food. Merging her passions for fitness and food together, she is focused on pairing fit living with fabulous food creations. Jenny will be sharing many of her amazing recipes here on Strong Athlete. Follow Coach JVB at http://www.facebook.com/jvbonline