Rise and Grind - How to Kickstart Your Mornings

A quick trip to the kitchen after waking up could change how you feel for the rest of the day.  Our bodies are constantly working to maintain a proper pH balance and tend to be more acidic in the morning, as waste from the previous day makes its way through the gastrointestinal tract.  While maintaining a certain level of acidity is important for various bodily functions, a prolonged acidic environment in your gut can cause inflammation, stress on your digestive and cardiovascular systems, and even effect muscles and joints.  What's worse, typical breakfast staples such as coffee, sugar, and cereal all cause an increase in your levels of acidity.  

The two primary tasks your digestive system performs every morning are the elimination of waste and replenishment of vital nutrients, both of which can be kickstarted by a healthy dose of alkalizing cocktails.  Alkaline foods and drinks help to regulate acidity by increasing pH toward the neutral direction.  They help regulate metabolism, blood sugar, pH balance, and can also provide a much needed energy boost early in the morning.  Below are two easy-to-make alkalizing drinks that will help you reap these benefits.  They're most effective when consumed on an empty stomach, which is why I'd recommend taking them first thing in the morning after waking and waiting at least 20 minutes before you reach for your cup of joe and bowl of corn flakes.   

 

THE SUPER TWO

 

Two squeezed halves of Lemon (or Lime) Juice with lukewarm water and a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Lemons and limes are both packed with Vitamin C.  Vitamin C has a host of healthy benefits such as reducing inflammation, boosting immune function, increasing metabolism, and reducing blood pressure.  Lemon and lime juice also help regulate alkalinity by increasing your blood pH once fully metabolized.  There's even evidence that the pectin fibers found in these citrus fruits can help support weight loss.  Last but not least, a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  It not only contains a greater number of beneficial minerals compared to regular table salt, but combined with the above ingredients is a potent way to help stimulate your gastrointestinal tract and regulate blood pH levels.  Consume with 1-2 cups of lukewarm water, as colder water can potentially slow the rate of these processes.

 

Greens powder mixed with lukewarm water

 

Don't get enough vegetables in your diet?  According to the USDA Dietary Guidelines, adults should eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  If you're among the 75% of people who fall short of this target, greens powder supplements can help to bridge the gap.  Ingredients can vary by brand, but all are loaded with nutrient rich antioxidants, nearly a full day's serving of green vegetables, and digestive enzymes in the form of probiotics.  Probiotics are "good" bacteria which help break down food in your gut.  Greens powders not only aid in digestion but can also boost your immune system, facilitate the absorption of nutrients, and help keep blood sugar levels in check.

 

-Dave

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