One of my favorite times of the day is the morning — not waking up, but everything after the fact. Breakfast arguably plays host to the best cuisine out of all meals of the day (and you can get away with lathering it all in syrup, which is also awesome); you get to plan what you’re going to do with your day, whether it be getting errands done, working out or relaxing (something I’ve done a lot of since graduating from college a few weeks ago); and you feel more accomplished, even if you don’t end up getting anything done. You woke up with the sun, and that’s a feat in itself anymore. At least for me.
To get myself ready for the day, though, one of my favorite morning routines is preparing a cup of hot green tea with lemon. I love tea anytime during the day, but drinking tea in the morning helps me relax, reflect and focus — all of which I value greatly when I want to begin (and continue) my day on a good note. Not to mention green tea, in particular, is chock full of antioxidants and a number of health benefits, including a notable decrease in pancreatic and stomach cancer rates, heart disease and total cholesterol, as well as the prevention of dental cavities, stress and chronic fatigue.
The lemon helps the reduction of said ailments even further. According to Lifehacker.com, catechins, the main health compound in green tea that helps reduce cancer, heart attack and other diseases, isn’t absorbed in the intestines very well, with about 20 percent making it through after digestion. Studies showed that adding lemon to green tea helped the body absorb up to 80 percent of the catechins, or 13 times more than usual, following digestion.
Who knew something so underrated could be so powerful? Next time you’re reaching for the coffee pot, try a cup of green tea with lemon instead! You’ll feel better in the long run, you’ll be more refreshed and you’ll still get your caffeine!