Lemons for glowing skin and a slim body (get recipes below)

lemon-1024641_1280 In all my programs and working one-on-one with me, I preach from any soapbox I can about the amazing benefits of lemon.

I start my day with lemon water and since I started this practice many moons ago, I have noticed astonishing difference in my body, skin and digestion. I feel healthier because it is good for you and I know that nourishing my body.

FYI, lemons are very versatile. When I was younger I would put lemon juice on my hair and go sit out on the driveway in the Hotlanta heat and lighten my hair. Beauty at it’s best.

Back to digestion…drinking lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach can help enhance your immune system, improve digestion, help the liver detox, fight inflammation in the body (inflammation is the start of disease), and of course, deliver an ample dose of Vitamin C. Drinking lemon juice in the morning hydrates your precious body, which in turns gives you energy to start your day without waiting in line at coffee chain for a sugar laden drink that will leave you crashing in a few hours.

As for your skin, if you’re buying any of those expensive face creams on the market that promise gorgeous, hydrated wrinkle free skin, they are using Vitamin C.  I’m here to advise you to drop the expensive creams and go get a massage with that money you were dropping on the premier face serum. Your skin will get all the vitamin C it needs by drinking lemon water in the morning. Here’s a bonus, if you stop slathering on face creams, you will extremely decreases the toxin load you put on your delicate skin (remember the skin absorbs everything you put on it) and therefore, the liver will be getting a break from detoxing more toxins. Success!

Want to be more kissable??? Drink lemon water. Lemons help freshen the breath because it helps to kill the bad breath bacteria that build up when you sleep.

There a few recipes you can use to hydrate with lemon. Here are my two favs:

Lemon Water Elixir

1 cup room temperature water

Juice from 1 lemon

1 tablespoon Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia to taste

Dash sea salt

Natural Gatorade

This drink can be consumed up to twice a day to replenish lost minerals. Another way to re-mineralize is drinking 4 ounces of coconut water.

20 ounces of water

½ teaspoon of sea salt

Juice from one lemon

1 teaspoon of honey or stevia to sweeten (optional)

Changing your morning cocktail from coffee to lemon water will give you and antioxidant punch to knocking out those free radicals that age you.

Do you have a lemon recipe you’d like to share? Leave the recipe in the comments below and share your love of lemons!