Obeying a morning ritual is vital to not only athletic performance but your health as well. Any effective morning ritual sets you up for success the entire day to come. Perhaps the most important reason you need a morning ritual is that it creates a physical rhythm. Cadence and consistency are key to reaching whatever your goals may be.
Fortunately, the most effective morning rituals don’t have to be tedious or time-consuming.
You can set your body and your entire day up for success by ingesting a small concoction of salt, water, and lemon.
Sounds simple right? That’s because it is. Look at the ingredients below.
Though these three ingredients appear relatively simple, they yield powerful results when combined and ingested first thing in the morning while you are fasted.
There are three main benefits of this morning drink:
Now let's look specifically at the benefits of each ingredient.
"For people who don’t hydrate well, this is a great place to start. Why? Because it forces them to drink 12 ounces of water to start their day.” – James FitzGerald.
It’s not a secret that water is essential to life and your body’s internal functions. Drinking 12 ounces of it first thing in the morning will help you focus on staying hydrated and maintain your energy throughout the day.
“The lemon provides the gut and stomach the acidity required for digestive functions throughout the day.” - James FitzGerald.
Lemon juice is great for gastrointestinal function, Vitamin C production, reduced inflammation, and good immune function. It also provides the necessary acidity needed for the stomach and gut to break down any food consumed throughout the day. Learn more about digestion here.
“Sodium is vital to proper muscle activation and contractions as well as managing the athlete’s adrenal system.” – James FitzGerald.
Salts provide the main electrolytes and minerals critical for normal function. However, don’t just consume any salt. Himalayan salt is far less processed and less toxic than your traditional table salt. It also provides you with more electrolytes and minerals than average salts.
So incorporate this concoction into your morning ritual and, if warranted, your client’s nourishment program.
This morning ritual is an example of a holistic nourishment plan, a program that addresses the specific needs of a client. Learn the basics of holistic nourishment programs and how to create them with this free Professional Coaching Blueprint.