Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hot Lemon Water

Cold weather is approaching us! I have stumbled a crossed a simple hot beverage that you might want to know about. I’ve have been on a thirty day challenge to give up coffee. I would only crave something warm to drink in the morning and now that autumn is here and the weather is getting cold. I want something warm to drink more frequently without straying away fr0m the challenge that I’m currently doing. I wanted to eliminate coffee from my daily consumption due the fact that it has little to no health benefits to it. I have started indulging in Lemon water that has the complete opposite effect that coffee had. I listed some proven benefits to why to start your day with lemon water.

Prevents Premature Aging:

It has been established that a sufficient amount of water in the body prevents the body from experiencing dehydration. This maintains the vitality of the skin.

Will Start your Metabolism:

Water first thing in the morning aides in weight loss. Drinking water when you first wake up will jump start your metabolism, instead of your body staying in fasting mode.

Healthy Glow:

Lemons are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the main ingredients is most skin care cosmetics. Vitamin C is a pore reducer.

Boosts your Immune system:

Quiting habits

Giving up coffee I can imagine it would be similar to giving up other addictive substances. That’s how I had to treat this experiment. For the first week of giving up coffee I had to have a substitute; I used orange juice. I would usually have a cup of coffee as soon as I woke up. I immediately experienced withdrawals when I stopped consuming coffee. I needed a different substance to lessen the cravings and the feeling of being deprived that I was experiencing. I currently live with two other individuals that are daily coffee consumers, I think that made this very difficult, them making coffee, or drinking coffee around me made me crave coffee. I had to distance myself from them when they were indulging in coffee. I planned out waking up before them to make breakfast, grab some orange juice, and go back downstairs. When I heard them up and about I knew that the house would soon be filled with the aroma of coffee, so I removed myself from what could possibly be a trigger. I would go out to the garage and throw weights around. I hope reading my experience helps someone else that may be trying to do the same or maybe a challenge similar.

Caffeine Withdrawls

The morning of the first day that my thirty day challenge started was hard. When I woke up my mind wasn't convinced that today was the right day to start this. I felt like pushing the challenge off for an extra day. Going about my normal routine and not changing a thing would have been easy. I knew I wasn’t striving for easy but for change. I wanted to make myself a cup of coffee but I didn't. I poured myself a cup of orange juice and continued on with my morning like I would any other day. I regretted the decision to give coffee up. I knew after I left the house that was it, I wasn’t going to get a cup of coffee. I loaded my car with the stuff I needed for class and work that day and left the house with my cup of orange juice.  I felt drowsy in the morning and by the end of the day I had a terrible headache.  I experienced common signs of caffeine withdrawals (A Coffee Withdrawal diagnosis).

6 Top Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms: I did experience most of these symptoms but it was for a short amount of time.
1.     Headache
2.     Fatigue
3.     Drowsiness
4.     Depressed Mood
5.     Irritability
6.     Difficulty Concentrating