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About 6 years ago, I tried my first green juice cleanse. I, of course, went for the balls-to-the-wall, all green option right off the bat (silly, silly girl). It was quite an experience, let me tell you. Though my philosophy on cleansing has evolved since then, there is one thing that I took away from that first experience and incorporated into my own daily DIY detox regime: a morning dose of warm lemon tea. 

I'm sure you've heard about it, drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. It's all over health-focused blogs, websites, and magazines, and you can't topple out of headstand in yoga class without bumping into a few individuals who throw back the tart concoction on a regular basis. So, why all the hype? How can something so simple, be so beneficial?

The practice has roots in Ayurveda, as well as Chinese medicine, and boasts a laundry list of health benefits...

Hydrating

I don't think there's much to explain here. You can never go wrong sipping down some water first thing in the morning after a good night's sleep. Plus, the warm temperature of the water, as opposed to cold, will gently rouse your system from its sweet, sweet slumber. 

Alkalizing

Lemon juice is incredibly alkalizing (I know, I know, that doesn't make sense, but really, it is). And, as many know, one of the pillars of good health is tipping towards alkaline on the pH scale. 

Cleansing

Lemon juice acts as a natural diuretic, flushing out toxins and other nasty things built up in the body and blood. Plus, the juice also stimulates the digestive system, getting things moving (literally) in minutes. 

Nutrient Rich

Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and pectin fiber.

DIY detox at it's finest -- and simplest!

Photo Courtesy of Everyday Health

Written by megan huylo — September 08, 2013

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