My favourite morning ritual July 16, 2015 Jul 16 2015 This post is going to be short and sweet. Possibly because it’s the last day of Ramadan, and because 18 hours of daily fasting for a month is now going to culminate in me flopping onto the bed in a vegetated state…dreaming of (gluten-free, homemade) muffins. Oh all the muffins that I will eat. But I digress. The point is that being in a vegetated state made me feel like I was sitting like a lemon, which made me think of the best tip I usually give clients: to drink lemon water. Yes, that is how my brain works. There may be a hundred posts about this on the Internet already, but I want to add to the pool because there’s hundreds of people who don’t do this, still don’t know about it and could benefit greatly! Here’s how you do it: heat some water in a kettle in the morning, and then mix it with some room temperature to make it drinkable. In your mug, squeeze about half a lemon (or quarter, to start). Drink on an empty stomach. Here’s why it’s awesome: Reduces bloating Helps with weight loss (for an added kick, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper to boost metabolism) Helps you poop if constipated Clears up skin blemishes & acne Boosts immune system Replenishes electrolytes lost through exercise Makes digestion stronger i.e. easier to break down food, especially fat Reduces pain & inflammation in joints But seriously, do this for a week. You might get hooked like my clients typically do. It just clears out the gunk from the night before and makes digestion so much better that day. Your skin should start to look and feel better pretty quickly as well. Let me know how it goes in the comments section below! About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.