I started to develop rituals and habits as I was learning how to heal my gut and nourish my body. I experimented with lemon or apple cider vinegar (ACV) in my water every morning. Although drinking I found that apple cider vinegar, as suggested by my nutritionist, works best with my particular digestion. However, when this option is not available, I LOVE to drink lemon water. I found that it helps kickstart my digestion, acts as a natural laxative, and gives me a glow.
Guess what! The high vitamin C content in lemons help the skin, neutralize free radicals (a.k.a. build immunity), and helps the function of other major organ systems in the body, so no wonder I stared to feel better once I incorporated it in my diet.
Every morning I either have ACV or squeeze half a lemon by hand or with a lemon squeezer in 32 oz of warm water and chug it first thing after I wake up.
On mornings that I do not have lemon in my water, I like to have it in a hot cup of water before lunch or dinner. The reason for this is to aid my stomach in producing acids to help digest my food.
Whenever I go out to a restaurant, I ALWAYS ask for hot water and a slice of lemon. I always drink this throughout my meal, making sure it is at this temperature. Anything warm also helps your digestive system turn on and work more efficiently to breakdown your food. I have been doing this ever since I was a teenager (I am not even kidding)because I found that it settled my stomach.
I am a fan of lemon water.
The only downside is that I find that if I have it too often or too much of it, then the acidity irritates my stomach. Sometimes I have it everyday (once a day) for a week or two at hand, and then take a break for a few weeks. Overall, I find that it helps, especially with a warm base.