Morning Ritual: Salt, Water, and Lemon

Morning Ritual: Salt, Water, and Lemon

How the combination of three simple items sets your body up for success

“The importance of an athlete’s routine is essentially to set up their day in terms of the correct rise and fall of energy, the right processes like digestion, the right hormones to be activated all at the right time. What we want to see is that you create this ritual to allow consistent rhythm for yourself throughout the day.” – OPEX Coach Mike Lee

(Related: The Importance of Morning Ritual)

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Obeying a morning ritual is vital to not only athletic performance but your health as well. Any effective morning ritual sets you up for success the entire day to come. Perhaps the most important reason you need a morning ritual is that it creates a physical rhythm. Cadence and consistency are key to reaching whatever your goals may be.

(Coach’s Resource: Learn how to program cadence and consistency into your client’s nourishment programs with this free course.)

Fortunately, the most effective morning rituals don’t have to be tedious or time-consuming.

You can set your body and your entire day up for success by ingesting a small concoction of salt, water, and lemon.

Sounds simple right? That’s because it is. Look at the ingredients below.

The Concoction:

12oz – room temperature filtered water

1/2 organic lemon squeezed

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Salt

Though these three ingredients appear relatively simple, they yield powerful results when combined and ingested fasted first thing in the morning.

12 Ounces of Water

“For people who don’t hydrate well, this is a start. Why? Because it forces them to drink 12 ounces of water to start their day.” – Director of Coaching Mike Lee

It’s not a secret that water is essential to life and your body’s internal functions. Drinking 12 ounces of it first thing in the morning will help you focus on staying hydrated and maintain your energy throughout the day.

Squeezed Lemon

“The lemon provides the gut and stomach the acidity it requires for digestive functions throughout the day.” -Director of Coaching Mike Lee

Lemon juice is great for gastrointestinal function, Vitamin C production, reduced inflammation, and good immune function. It also provides the necessary acidity needed for the stomach and gut to break down any food consumed throughout the day. Learn more about digestion here.

Himalayan Salt

“Sodium is vital to proper muscle activation and contractions as well as managing the athlete’s adrenal system.” – OPEX Coach Mike Lee

Salts provide the main electrolytes and minerals critical for normal function. However, don’t just consume any salt. Himalayan salt is far less processed and less toxic than your traditional table salt. It also provides you with more electrolytes and minerals than average salts.

So incorporate this concoction into your morning ritual and if warranted your client’s nourishment program.

This morning ritual is an example of a holistic nourishment plan, a program that addresses the specific needs of a client. Learn the basics of holistic nourishment programs and how to create them with this free Coach’s Toolkit.

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  1. As a dentist, I would recommend thoroughly rinsing with water following drinking the solution.
    If you are taking in lemon water every morning the enamel on your teeth will exhibit thinning over time.
    Also, wait a half hour following rinsing to brush your teeth. Brushing within the half hour time frame will accelerate the enamel wear.

  2. Well I have been using Himalayan salt in cooking for quite a long time now but I didn’t know about using it this way. I am definitely gonna try this and will tell you the results. Recently I have bought Himalayan salt lamp as well and I am in love with this amazing thing. These lamps are as good as the edible salt.You can know about them at the website of ittefaqco .

  3. Will this concoction of salt and lemon cause a spike in blood pressure? My blood pressure, right now, is borderline.

  4. Himalayan salt is really an amazing thing. I use it in cooking and I am definitely going to try this salt water as well and will tell you about my experience with this.

  5. I usually have my coffee first thing in the morning. If I do the lemon water, then when do I drink my coffee?

    1. Hey Linda, wake up, start the AM with lemon water + sea salt, then have your coffee after (I drink it while I prepare my coffee 🙂

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