NT 004: Lemon Water & Movement

Lemon water and 30 minutes of daily movement are 2 very simple things to fit into your daily routine to improve your whole health. All the lemon water takes is a few extra minutes in the morning and you can easily involve your kids in your daily movement.

This blog post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or disease. You always want to consult your healthcare professional and inform him or her when you’re making changes to your lifestyle pertaining to your health.

How to make lemon water

  • Take a mug of water and warm it up on the stove top – luke warm water is best. Add the juice of a half a lemon, stir together, and enjoy!
  • If you have crazy mornings, try to set up what you can the night before – put your pot on the stove top, slice the lemon, bring your mug out. If need be, set your alarm for 3 minutes earlier. 
  • Have your lemon water before your tea or coffee. The idea is that by adding it to your routine, you will eventually “crowd out” the less favored habit (tea or coffee) because you’ll eventually need to pull things out of your routine.

Why should we drink lemon water?

  • Lemon water massages our organs and prepares them for proper digestion for the day.
  • If your organs aren’t prepared for digestion, your body is wasting all of its energy on digesting your food throughout the day. This is part of the reason why we’re so tired all day. Your body is working too hard to digest.

In addition to drinking your lemon water each morning, you should be sure to stay hydrated all day. Measure your water – that way it is a visual and always in your face. Measure your total water each morning and keep it out. Ideally, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water a day.

Along with the lemon water, we need to focus on movement throughout the day. You should be active and moving at least 30 minutes a day. We don’t realize how long we sit – we drive to work, we sit at a desk, we’re back in the car, we’re sitting to eat, we drive home, we’re sitting to watch TV. We need to be intentional with our movement. Our movement needs to be in addition to the yoga, Zumba, etc. 

Why do we need movement in our day?

  • Being sedentary negatively impacts our heart and blood vessels.
  • It also gives us an increased risk of diabetes, cardio vascular disease and overall death.
  • Our bodies were created to move!
  • Movement creates balance in our mind, body and spirit.
  • Physical fitness is tied to our mental health.
  • Movement reduces anxiety – it boosts our mood while releasing endorphins.

Activities to involve our kids in daily movement

  • Play (outside, at the park).
  • Walk together
  • Ride bikes.
  • Use your kids as weights.
  • Bounce with your kids on a trampoline.

So, your takeaways today – introduce lemon water into your daily routine, monitor your water intake throughout your day and try to move for at least 30 minutes. You will be surprised at how much these small changes will affect you add up. 

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