There are myriad health benefits to having a cup of hot lemon water first thing in the morning. It’ll help digestion, strengthen your immune system, and give your liver a boost. It’s also rumored to speed up your metabolism and may even help to alkalize the body, though not everyone agrees about that. There’s only one problem: it doesn’t really taste awesome. But I’ve found a way to improve on the effectiveness of hot lemon water AND make it taste better too!
Why I Traded Coffee for Hot Lemon Water
I gave up coffee a couple of years ago. My taste buds miss it, but my tummy is so much happier without it. If I do occasionally splurge and have a cup of regular coffee, I risk ending up with an ocular migraine or a flare-up of anxiety (plus an unhappy tummy – did you know that if you’re sensitive to gluten you might need to avoid coffee as well?).
So, my usual morning beverage has become a cup of hot water with half a fresh lemon squeezed into it. I did notice it gave me an increase in energy and clearer skin, as well as improved digestion. But I must confess, I didn’t really enjoy drinking my lemony potion every day. Some days I only managed a few sips.
Then I found out about Natural Calm Magnesium Powder.
How I Discovered the Secret Ingredient
I’d been having headaches that started every month right before my period. When my husband and I were visiting his family in Georgia for Christmas, I decided to pop into a local shop called Mother Nature’s Eden in quaint Calhoun in search of some feverfew, which I’d heard might help. I was still breastfeeding at the time, though, which ruled out feverfew, but the woman who helped me – I think she must have been the owner of the store – told me that I might be low in magnesium, a critical mineral for about a zillion different important functions in the body; in this case, my low magnesium was affecting my hormones. She gave me some samples of Natural Calm Magnesium Powder to try.
Within a few minutes of mixing up that powder with water, I felt some relief from my headache. I may have even taken 3 doses that night – I couldn’t help myself. The powder fizzes when it hits the water so it’s extra soothing and refreshing. It made me feel so much better and cut my anxiety level significantly. The next day I practically ran back to the shop for more.
My Big Lemon Water Breakthrough
One groggy morning, as I got ready to make my cup of hot lemon water plus an additional glass of magnesium water, I got lazy and just dumped the powder into the lemon water, necessity being the mother of invention and all. Now my lemony potion tastes so much better and I usually manage to drink the whole thing every morning!
There are several different flavors of Natural Calm to choose from, all sweetened with stevia; and while I’ve tried them all, I like plain lemon the best. One thing to note though: If you order some Natural Calm Magnesium Powder, don’t order the “Plus Calcium” version. If you are low in magnesium – which an estimated 80% of Americans are – you probably don’t need extra calcium because it can actually interfere with the absorption of magnesium.
Could Extra Magnesium Help You, Too?
If you have any of these symptoms, you might need some magnesium:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Bowel issues
- PMS/hormone and fertility issues
- Extremely tight muscles or muscle spasms
It’s an extremely safe supplement to add. The only side effect from too much magnesium is loose bowels, but you’d have to take a lot to get to that point. I also spray magnesium on my skin because I seem to need lots of it. If I find that things are moving a little too, ahem, quickly, I just cut back on the magnesium powder for a while.
It Won’t Even Set You Back Much!
Last time I checked, a bag of 6-7 lemons at Aldi was under $3, and Natural Calm works out to be about 25 cents per serving. This hot-lemon-water-magnesium-powder combo provides such a powerful punch of healthy goodness, you can’t afford not to try it! It’ll make you feel so much better. Out of all the supplements I take, this combo provides the most bang for my buck. I hope it helps you, too!
Ideas presented in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended to replace professional advice.