You may or may not have realized this by now, but we LOVE nutrition and diet therapy. As beneficial and effective as therapies like acupuncture and herbal medicine are, nothing will ever take the place of good nutrition. If you're not nourishing your body with healthy foods, it's going to need to work twice as hard to heal! Blog posts on this page cover all things related to food and diet.
What are you doing after you drink your warm water with lemon? We personally like to let the body "digest" it for a little bit before eating breakfast. If you're the type who likes to skip breakfast, make it one of your New Year's resolutions to break that habit! Start with something little if you don't feel hungry - try a protein shake (at room temperature) or a hard-boiled egg - and then work your way up to a full meal. Feeding the body in the morning gives it the energy to get you through to lunch, which is especially important because it hasn't had any nourishment in the hours that you'd been sleeping.
The biggest caveat here is to choose warming foods for breakfast, for the same reasons we mentioned with water. The idea is to gently get the digestive system fired up for the day, and cold food and beverages will make it feel just like you would if someone dumped ice water over your head!
What do you do when you first wake up? More specifically, what do you eat and/or drink?
Through the night we lose water as we breathe, which means we can start the day off a bit dehydrated. Having at least a glass of water as soon as you wake up replenishes that lost water and gives your cells the hydration they need to function. Room temperature or slightly warm water is your best bet. In Chinese Medicine, the main digestive organ (the Spleen) likes to be warm, so downing a cup of cold water is a bit of a shock. If you'd like to add a gentle cleanse to this routine, try a little bit of squeezed lemon to the warm water as well.
Do this each day for a week or two and see how you feel!
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