The number one tip I always give to friends/family/clients talking about reaching their health goals is to start the day with warm water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. On a very basic level, lemon water is detoxifying, mildly appetite suppressing, immune boosting and incredibly beneficial for your skin. Plus, it just makes you feel good.
To dig in a bit more, lemon juice is high in vitamin C, potassium, calcium phosphorus and magnesium. The vitamin C in lemon juice makes it a powerful way to boost your immune system, while potassium is an excellent tool for taking care of brain and nerve cells. It contains pectin fiber that is both antibacterial and aids in colon health. Drinking lemon water regularly can also prevent kidney stones. If all of that isn't proof enough already, lemon juice also helps with muscle and joint pain! Drink up peeps.
I know most of us are in a rush in the morning and the thought of slicing and squeezing a fresh lemon into warm water in the midst of showering, dressing, trying to eat, pack for the day and if you have kids - dealing with all of that too, it's all a bit much. But, I have some really simple tips for you to make your life a bit easier.
1. Get your hands on an electric citrus juicer. (you can use an inexpensive non-electric citrus juicer as well if you don't want another appliance)
2. But a boat load of gorgeous lemons. When selecting your lemons, make sure the skin is bright in color, firm and mostly free of dark spots. Lemons that give a little easier when you squeeze them tend to be a lot juicier as well.
3. Juice a bunch of lemons (I do about 15-18) at one time. It won't take that much longer and this way, you only have to deal with cleaning once for many more uses.
4. Store juice in glass containers with a sealable lid. Keep one in your fridge for the week and pop the rest in the freezer. The day before you run out of the one in the fridge, take one out of the freezer and leave it on the counter overnight to defrost. Lemon juice will stay fresh in the freezer for up to two months - the prep ahead is a huge time saver on this one!