The morning may be a stressful time. We are rushing to shower, groom ourselves and then shuttle the kids to school and then work. During that time, we are “in the zone” of distraction trying to do 20 things at once. Many times the last thing we think about is our own health.
As we have mentioned in our two-part series on Intermittent Fasting, eating breakfast is not necessarily one of the things over which you need to stress. Once your body becomes accustomed to daily morning fasts, you will have focus and clarity that you were likely lacking after the pop tart, breakfast bar, “dessert breakfast” spike and crash.
Here at Naturopathic Earth, we strive to provide not only natural remedies to common maladies, but also nice, easy biohacks to optimize your health. Here is a list of some biohacks you can do in the morning to get you going on the right gear.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling has gained in popularity the last few years. In essence, it is swishing coconut oil in your mouth anywhere from 5-20 minutes while preparing for the morning hustle. Though the mushy oil may be strange upon placing it in your mouth, the body’s warmth will melt and it will soon feel as if you are swishing around saliva. When you are done, rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth with non-fluoridated toothpaste. By the way, no need for commercially-sold mouthwash which are laden with food dyes, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol. (Try this organic mouthwash.)
Coconut Oil Pulling naturally:
- Cleans your teeth
- Strengthen Jaw Muscles
- Whitens Your Teeth
- Kills pathogenic bacteria while not damaging your probiotic ones
- Promotes good breath
- Pull as long as you can. The longer the time the better.
- It’s okay if you accidentally swallow the oil.
- Pulling will not break your fast.
- Some people prefer to pull in the evening prior to sleep. Whichever works best for you is fine.
- Pulling with sesame & olive oil is possible as well
Drink warm lemon water
Asians for millennia have been drinking lemon water as a way to cleanse the liver. The cleansing of the liver is important since all food, liquids, and medications ingested must pass through the liver to be “cleaned” of toxins before being put into the general circulation. Lemon’s juices mimic those of bile, an enzyme made by the liver to break down fat, which then cleanses the whole GI track.. Drinking lemon water 30 minutes prior to eating gets the liver ready for its morning “washing machine” routine.
In addition to cleaning the liver, drinking water infused with lemon also:
- Provides the body with a nice dose of Vitamin C, the anti-oxidant, immune-system supporter. Read about Linus Pauling and this supervitamin that cures so many maladies.
- Strengthen your immune system, The antioxidant qualities found in lemon water protect cells from oxidative stress, inflammation, and cancer.
- It’s high in Pectin, a fiber which aids in weight loss.
- Provides natural energy boost.
- Lessens sore throat pain
- Ideally drink it warm. But it is better to drink it at any temperature than not at all.
- You may drink lemon water at night if you prefer but it is better in the morning while fasting.
- Beware that the citric acid can erode your tooth enamel. Swish with water after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth to minimize acid exposure.
Take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Another item that has been in the nutritional zeitgeist is ingesting a daily small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Though anecdotal, studies show that a daily shot of ACV prior to your first meal boasts the following benefits. This book on ACV is very popular.
- Cleans the liver.
- Improves insulin resistance for those afflicted by Type II Diabetes
- Helps with Weight Loss.
- Helps relieve heartburn, nausea, and acid reflux.
- Lowers blood pressure and LDL “bad” cholesterol.
- May help with kidney stones.
- Regulates pH balance in the blood.
- Relieves seasonal and food allergies.
- Drink ACV that has the “Mother”
- You may dilute the vinegar in water or just take an undiluted “shot.”
- Drink ACV 30 minutes before your first meal to optimize its potential.
- Might harm your tooth enamel. Practice the same measures outlined under lemon water.
Drink a cup of Coffee
Coffee has gotten a bad rap these days but the Café Arabica bean does boast some great benefits. Coffee is a natural stimulant. Many studies show that drinking up to four (4) cups of coffee a day may lead to:
- Natural appetite suppressant.
- Increased mental clarity & cognition.
- Enhances long-term memory.
- Reduces cellular oxidation.
- Reduces cancer risk.
- Lowers risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments.
- Prevents kidney stones.
- May protect against dementia.
- Everyone handles coffee differently. If you notice heart palpitations, sweating, increased anxiety and alike stay clear of it and switch to the “colored” teas.
- Choose organic beans to avoid the high pesticide levels.
- If insomnia is an issue stay away from coffee after 2:00pm since it typically takes the body 10 hours to metabolize it.
- Drink coffee black or “Bulletproof” Adding sugars or flavors will increase calories, sugar and artificial ingredients.
Chew on some Fennel Seeds
I suppose the Indian sub-continent knows something about health. Commonly seen in bowls at the checkout counter of Indian restaurants, fennel naturally freshens the breath. Most people feel it tastes similar to unsweetened licorice. Take a pinch of it in the morning (or anytime of the day), especially if it helps you stay clear of commercially-made chewing gum (replete with food dyes and artificial sweeteners). Studies show that ingesting fennel daily may:
- Boost your immune system.
- Facilitate digestion.
- Protects against cancer.
- Prevent constipation.
- Lower high blood pressure.
Providentially none of these actions will break your fast so what are you waiting for! Give all five of these a chance. They are easy to do and may irrevocably change your life.
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