<div class="paragraph">I absolutely <em>love</em> routine. I think it is so crucial for creating a life of healthy habits and simplifying our overall schedule. <br><br>One of my favorite morning habits is drinking warm lemon water <em>before</em> my coffee. Because my first meal of the day is usually at noon, I carve out very intentional habits during my mornings. I spend my mornings working, hydrating, and learning before my family gets up. <br><br>Here's a little peak into my current morning routine:<br><br>Wake up around 4:45 and work until 6:30 (blog, create new online workouts, develop material for VIP program, research health topics, etc)<br>Drink warm lemon water <br>15 minutes of reading time<br>Make breakfast for kiddos<br>Enjoy morning coffee with hubby</div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-border-width:0 " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:left"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/1479740695.png" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph">Drinking lemon water is not something I came up with on my own. There is research behind it as to why it's a very beneficial component to a healthy diet. <br><br>So, what are the benefits of drinking lemon water?<br><br><strong>1. It stimulates the gall bladder to release bile.</strong><br><br>Why is this important? Because bile has your body effectively breakdown fat. If your body is storing excess fat, especially around the midsection, this is setting you up for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. <br><br><strong>2. It promotes healthy digestion. </strong><br><br>If your body is not properly digesting food, you will again be storing excess fat and be dealing with issues such as IBS, chronic bloating, and food allergies. The lemon stimulates your digestive system to get its act in gear!<br><br><strong>3. It detoxes (cleanses) the body. </strong><br><br>The word "detox" gets thrown around a lot but lemon works magic in cleansing your body which in return will produce skin that glows, decrease bloating, increase energy levels and mental clarity, and help your body run like a well oiled machine. <br><br><strong>4. It provides a dose of nice dose Vitamin C. <br></strong><br>Vitamin C is helpful in supporting healthy adrenal glands and negating the effects of stress. Healthy adrenal glands are tied directly to your energy levels. If you battle with chronic fatigue, that's your body's way of telling you that things are off. <br><br><strong>5. Boosts your metabolism. <br></strong><br>Staying hydrated keeps your metabolism humming for better weight loss. You don't need to add lemon to the water to reap this benefit, but the lemon is obviously a wonderful addition!<br> </div>