Start off your morning with these 9 rituals and you’ll be well on your way to boosting your metabolism and keeping it revved up all day long. The key is to incorporate them one at a time until they feel totally natural, rather than trying to overhaul your current morning routine.
1. Drink Warm Lemon Water Right When You Wake Up
When you wake up and don’t know what to do first, taking up the habit of having a cup of warm lemon water will serve you well. It cleanses the digestive system and gets your metabolism on point so that you’re firing on all cylinders.
The water should be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system, but you can switch to cold water for the remainder of your water intake, as this has been shown to raise your resting metabolic rate.
You can also add in a bit of organic, raw honey to sweeten up the sour lemon and introduce digestive enzymes and antioxidants to the equation.
Making It Work: Each time you’re at the store make sure you pick up a bag of organic lemons. Having them on hand is key if you want to stick with this long enough to make a habit out of it. Lemons keep very well in the refrigerator, so they won’t go bad before you can use them up.
2. Set Your Alarm 30 Minutes Earlier
This might be the hardest step, especially if you already feel like you’re required to wake up too early. Waking up earlier is going to boost your metabolism by putting you in sync with the way the body works, and helping you eliminate at the right time.
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