I never gave much thought to my morning routine before I had any health issues. It’s one of those things that you just don’t think about. I never thought to set intentions for the day or anything like that. I wasn’t raised or taught that. I barely used to make breakfast in time before heading to work!
Obviously things have changed since then. I know there’s so much information and people telling us what they drink daily and every morning for so many different reasons. I used to try and follow everything but honestly it’s exhausting. I learned the hard way that I need to do what works for ME not anyone else.
Here is my morning drink (and occasionally if I skip this I make sure to have it sometime during the day).
There was a time when I had to eat up to 10 cups of leafy greens a day (yes overkill!). I knew I could also get the benefits of greens in other forms but I wanted a liquid form because of healing my colon. Chlorophyll is a green pigment from leafy green vegetables. Iron deficiency and anemia is common in IBD patients and this liquid is highly effective in promoting healthy iron levels. In addition, it’s an antioxidant, promotes cleansing of toxic metals, controls body odor, and is effective in stopping Candida albicans from growing!
Pure Cranberry Juice: First! Check your label! Make sure there is nothing but cranberry juice and/or water in that ingredient list! Cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants because it cranberries contain phytonutrients, which help to prevent a wide range of health issues. I personally love the bitter taste of cranberry juice so if you try this drink beware it will be sour/bitter.
Aloe Vera juice: Aloe contains so many internal beneficial effects but most commonly known for calming the skin from sunburns, inflammation, wounds, etc. Internally, I use aloe because of its digestive benefits. Just like its’ effects on the skin, aloe decreases the inflammation internally and helps to heal the stomach and intestines including ulcers.
Lemon: I don’t always use lemon because the acidity for my own preference. However, adding lemon to this drink will help aid in digestion and detoxification because of the acids found in the lemon. Also, you’ll get some more Vitamin C, which helps your white blood cell production for your immune system!
I love to share what I drink/eat/do but remember to always listen to your body first and find what works for you! I used to do the warm lemon water every morning then realized it wasn’t a fit for me. Don’t get discouraged in finding your thing or your rhythm.