Sharing my super beverage with you, so that you too can experience its amazing health benefits. 
How many of you wake up in the morning between 6-8am without an alarm? And feeling as fresh as a daisy? I’m willing to bet not many of you. I’ve been on a personal health journey over the last 15 months and have devised a morning beverage that has revolutionized how energized I feel in the morning. 
Lemon, ginger & pink Himalayan salt.  
Individually these 3 ingredients offer incredible health benefits, but combined, they provide the essential nutrients and minerals your body needs to kick-start and reboot your weary morning body. 
I started off with just lemon tea – that old wives tale of simply squeezing the juice of a lemon into some warm water – to help ‘flush out the system’. It worked! I then came across the benefits of Ginger, so I then added ginger to the mix. Finally a few months later I added 2 cracks of pink Himalayan salt, because I had read an article about all the amazing minerals it possessed. But why do these 3 ingredients work so well together?  
 
Well; 
It jump starts you lymphatic system and starts hydrating you. The Fresh lemon juice helps to stimulate the lymphatic system which will intern remove the accumulated toxins that have built up overnight in the colon, bladder and lymph glands. Adding freshly grated ginger to the mix also helps eliminate waste through the colon and new studies have shown that ginger can protect against the development of cancel cells. The combination of lemon and ginger has also been shown to be extremely beneficial in helping cleanse the liver! 
Meanwhile In the background, the warm water doesn’t need to go through the process of being ‘warmed up’ by the body, so immediately your body will get the hydration it needs without having to do anything for it. 
 
Ginger & Lemon are great for aiding digestion. As mentioned above Lemons are amazing at stimulating the liver and helping to aid detoxification. It does this through the Citric Acid in the lemons, which shares a similar make-up to that of hydrochloric acid and will help maximize enzyme function. This increased enzyme function encourages the liver to produce more bile which optimizes digestion. Combine this with the power Ginger has in digesting protein and you are set up perfectly to digest your high protein breakfast! 
 
Lemon & Ginger help regulate bowel movements & aid detoxification. Lemon juice helps loosen toxins in the digestive tract, which can help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn belching and bloating. Ginger contains something called gingerol which has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a good antibacterial, which will aid in healthy cellular activity in the gastrointestinal tract. Combine this with the 2 previous points and is it any wonder that, when combined, these 2 ingredients will help to give you a regular, scheduled bowel movement every morning! The American Cancer Society actually recommends warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements! 
When it comes to fat loss and detoxification, going to the bathroom is by far the most underrated or forgotten tools by fitness and health professionals. No matter how effective your liver is at detoxification, if your body isn’t regularly dumping the toxins out of your body (pardon the pun) then they will sit in your colon and get re absorbed, rendering your ‘detoxification’ useless. Regular bowel movements is my Number 1 priority for my fat loss clients! 
Lemon and Ginger are alkalizing and anti-inflammatory – The body functions best in a more alkaline state , unfortunately due to the standard western diet , the toxins in our households, beauty and personal care items, and even the day to day toxins in the environment, most people live in an acidic state which breeds illness and disease. 
 
Creating an alkaline state within the body will help calm chronic inflammation which is a prime cause of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger has huge anti-inflammatory properties and can also be used to calm down inflammatory related diseases. The components found in ginger root are instrumental in inhibiting the root cause of inflammation (biosynthesis of prostaglandins.) 
 
Himalayan salt can help support your adrenals – Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals, electrolytes and elements – a staggering number considering that only 118 elements are known to us. Is it any surprise then that it can help support our main stress and energy system – the adrenal glands? The adrenal glands are the 2 glands that sit on top of the kidneys and help manage: adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol. 
 
Optimising cortisol is essential to helping you wake up with a spring in your step, improving you work productivity and allowing you to train with more intensity. Your body’s natural biorhythm should mean that you have your highest cortisol level in the morning between 6-8 am and it should gradually decline throughout the day. In a world where we are chronically stressed 24/7 this biorhythm gets disrupted, leading to cortisol being highest in the evening and lowest in the morning. Hence the reason why people struggle to fall asleep and walk around like zombies in the morning! Add Himalayan salt to your drink and help reset your biorhythm. 
Making this drink is easy: (have it first thing in the morning) 
 
Simply boil the kettle and allow to cool for a few minutes 
Squeeze the juice of a whole organic lemon (build up to a whole one) 
Add a big pinch of grated ginger 
And add 2 cracks of salt ( ¼ Tsp.). 
Leave to stew and if you don’t have a flask with a built in siv net to catch the bits, simply pour the drink through a mini siv and enjoy! 
I’ve also had some clients who have added green tea to this drink, and also cinnamon! 
If you want this drink throughout the day, simply minus the salt. 
 
Try this for 30 days and I promise you that you will feel a difference!  
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