Having a successful day requires so much more than just waking up on the right side of the bed. The few first hours of your day set the tone for everything that comes after, so if you're looking to get more out of life, it might be time to start being more mindful about your morning routine. Integrative medicine physician Frank Lipman, MD, founder, and director of the wellness company Be Well, shares some insight into cleansing moves you can integrate into your morning habits to kick-start your day once you've stopped hitting the snooze button. These simple steps will recharge your wake-up ritual, adding some much-needed detoxing when it really counts, and get you on your way to a healthier, happier day.
Keep scrolling for three simple ways to detox during your morning routine.
The very first thing you should do after waking up is drinking a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon. "We get dehydrated overnight as the body takes care of its detoxification processes, so it's important to hydrate and replenish first thing," Dr. Lipman tells Health.com. "It will provide your body with hydrating electrolytes in the form of potassium, calcium, and magnesium." The lemon juice helps the liver to produce more enzymes, which support digestion and encourage the liver to purge toxins, and the vitamin C works as a powerful antioxidant, protecting against free radicals and strengthening the immune system.
You've heard it's good to stretch first thing in the morning, but Dr. Lipman advises to really focus on twisting yoga poses. The twists help to stimulate digestion and elimination, boosting your body's detox process for the rest of the day. "A lot of digestive discomforts come from stress," Dr. Lipman tells Health.com, "so by releasing gripping and holding in the belly, and taking deep calming breaths, we can relax the muscles and diaphragm, allowing the GI system to do a better job."
Before you hop in the shower, this quick move can greatly benefit your well-being. A few days a week, incorporate dry-brushing into your bathing routine. Brush your skin with a soft-bristle body brush to "slough off old cells and debris, unclogging pores and enabling the skin to perspire freely," Dr. Lipman advises. "It also stimulates the circulation beneath your skin, which helps promote cellular renewal and vitality."
This story was originally published on September 17, 2016, and it has since been updated.