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19 Balancing Benefits of This Two-Ingredient Morning Tonic

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Today’s blog republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily is going to explain the potential benefits of a rather unusual daily drink tonic… As you might know from this newsletter previously, real sea salt (not processed refined salt) is actually very good for you in moderate quantities and has many health benefits, including supplying your body with dozens of trace minerals.  Science has also proven that moderate levels of sea salt is actually GOOD for your heart health and does not negatively affect blood pressure like was previously believed years ago.  This may sound unusual, but the health benefits are real… 

By Stephen Seifert,

Many of us have morning routines that are wonderful health practices — a morning meditation, a few yoga poses, a brisk walk around the neighborhood, or a delicious fruit-infused smoothie. Daily routines are vital to health and happiness, and this is especially true at the start of the day.

How about a quick and simple glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt? This simple drink can boost your morning health and wellness regimen — and it’s so easy to make. There are a number of professional athletes and Olympians who start their morning with lemon and salt water, which may say something about its effectiveness.

A 10-ounce glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt in the morning can increase your immune function, decrease uric acid to fight inflammation, improve digestion, and balance your body. These benefits can be attributed to the vitamin C content of the lemon juice as well as the essential minerals contained in Himalayan salt. This simple morning drink promotes vitality, health, and overall wellness, and may even improve your sex drive!

Let’s take a closer look at 19 of the balancing benefits of water, lemon, and salt, all in one cup.

Lemons are excellent for fighting inflammation. Lemons can help dissolve the uric acid in your joints, and also have been found to help build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone. This anti-inflammatory property may be especially beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to an American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2000).

Aids in proper food and water absorption. A daily glass of lemon water with Himalayan salt may provide a better overall mineral balance, which promotes proper food and water absorption in your body, allowing essential nutrients to get where they need to be.

Balances your body’s acidity (pH). The alkalizing effects of lemon and natural salt are highly useful for managing your body’s delicate pH balance, which is crucial for optimal functioning of the body’s systems.

Boosts immune function. One lemon serves up 139 percent of your daily value (DV) for vitamin C. Squeezing one lemon into your morning is a natural alternative to that vitamin C supplement you may be taking.

It’s a detox for your cells. The all-natural Himalayan salt mixed with lemon juice and water helps to pull toxins from your cells, reducing cellular toxicity. This may reduce your risk for various chronic diseases, as well as make you feel generally awesome!

Reduces problematic cellulite. Natural salts like Himalayan salt have been used for centuries for skin care. Interestingly, most spa treatments for cellulitis contain some form of salt and/or citrus blend. A few daily gulps of lemon and salt water in the morning may firm up a few of those unsightly areas.

Clears up skin and adds a fresh glow. Using natural salt for skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema, dates back to ancient Roman times. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ doctor, Galen from Pergamum, used sea salt for skin diseases, according to Science Tribune (1999).

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Useful for allergy season. It has been suggested that the combination of lemon and salt, specifically mixed into warm water, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies. It may be the perfect alternative to those pink pills that leave you feeling drowsy.

Paves the way for better sleep. The natural hormone-balancing properties of lemon and Himalayan salt can be more than useful when it comes to bedtime. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for physical health, mental health, productivity, and much more. This hormone-balancing beverage can make an effective nightcap.

Helps controls blood sugar. The fiber content of lemons helps to balance blood glucose levels, which is useful for type 2 diabetes patients and prediabetics alike, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000).

Lemons may help detoxify your liver. Vitamin C is essential for producing glutathione, which plays a foundational role in detoxifying the liver. It also has antiseptic properties that are useful for liver function, as well.

Freshens breath! Lemon and Himalayan salt may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of fresh breath. However, the lemon and salt in this simple morning drink help kill the bad breath bacteria that build up while you’re sleeping.

May help you chill out. When you get stressed out, do not be so quick to reach for those prescription pills. You may be able to chill out and return to that state of Zen by boosting your vitamin C levels first thing in the morning.

Useful for reducing blood pressure. Lemons are not all about vitamin C and fiber. They also boast potassium, which is vital for flushing excessive sodium from the body.

Boost your libido! The vitamin C content and hormone-balancing properties of this morning beverage can help lift your mood. This might be all it takes to boost your libido, without the need for that little blue pill.

Gets you hydrated right out of the gate. Many people forget how important hydration is, especially after a seven or eight-hour sleep period with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. The water, salt and zesty lemon will get your day off to the perfect start.

An antioxidant powerhouse vital for, well, everything! Lemon offers up a wealth of vitamins and minerals, while Himalayan salt boosts your mineral and trace mineral levels even more. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of lemon saltwater pack a powerful, free radical knockout punch.

May improve your heart health. Lemons and real salt are both exceptional for increasing heart health on their own. However, when you combine the two into one vibrant morning drink, you get even more vital heart-thumping health benefits.

Natural salt supports electrochemical reactions in the body, while negative ions assist in healthy heart rhythm. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is, “associated with lower endothelial dysfunction in men with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006).

Promotes digestive health. A glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt before breakfast, or any meal, helps signal your liver to produce the essential bile needed to clean out harmful gut bacteria. The fiber content and natural salt will also promote digestion.

Are you ready to commit to this simple and health-promoting morning drink? I have been drinking warm lemon water with a little bit of Himalayan salt every morning for months, and I absolutely love it. My energy levels are up, and I feel as cool as a cucumber throughout the day.

Want to join me? Combine 10 ounces of filtered water with one whole lemon, squeezed, and half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt.  (Note:  Add your favorite greens powder mix in here too if you desire…it actually tastes even better with the right greens mix in here too…You can try 7 free sample packs of an amazing tasting greens mix here, and it’s great for digestion, energy, and more!)

-Stephen Seifert

Stephen Seifert is a writer, professor, adventurer and a health & fitness guru. His flair for travel and outdoor adventure allows him to enjoy culture and traditions different than his own. A healthy diet, routine fitness and constant mental development is the cornerstone to Stephen’s life.

(The original article source is found here)

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  1. Where can you find Himalain salt?

  2. Most Healthy Stores..Health Food Stores, Co OOP s-WHole Foods..It comes in colors too..Pink, black, white etc

  3. That sounds great but how much(too little or too much) lemon and how much salt per 10 oz glass of water? 🙂

  4. Great advice. How much lemon juice and salt goes into the 10oz of warm water?

  5. Does bottled 100% lemon juice work? If so, how much?

    • Hi Sonja, we recommend freshly squeezed lemon juice for it’s full benefits, if one is not accessible we suggest juice of 1/2 a lemon so about 1 tbsp per 10 oz. of water.

      • What if you have hypertension. Can you still have the salt in that mixture

        • how much sea salt and lemon should I take in a day when one has HBP 160/85 w/slow pulse rate 50 beats per min. at age 71 yrs old
          with Losartan 100mg and amlodipine 10mg per day also bradycardia diagnosis with no help from cardiiologist mentioning stent
          my email is

      • This was touted all over New York city many many years ago untill the Dental associations started announcing an big increase in tooth decay and enamel loss from the high acidity. Be careful.

    • no! it needs to be fresh lemon juice and preferabley organic.

    • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
      1 lemon squeezed
      10 oz water, boil that with lemon and peels, salt. Pour and add flavor. Patriot power greens. Or whatever you like.

      Not lemon juice. A whole lemon squeezed. Lemon juice has too much added sugar.

  6. How can this morning tonic improve ones sex drive. I read a lot of articles concerning home remedies on improving and maintaining a healthy sex life. by using following and using this each morning a real game changer?

    • LMFAO! Well, first you need a partner, just drink it and shut up! I’m just kidding! lol

    • It will make you healthier and leaner and will detoxify your body. How could that not improve your sex drive? Take it a step further and eliminate sugar, wheat, and all processed & GMO foods from your diet. You’ll feel like a teenager again.

  7. Do we need to take it in the morning an empty stomach or in the night before sleep

  8. I, m having trouble ordering your book………can you help?

  9. Must the warm drink be taken all at once or can it be sipped as you would several cups of tea in the morning??

    • Hi Donna, you can take it all at once or sip it, it’s totally up to you, as long the it’s still warm and you finish it in the morning.

      • I would like to add that to protect your teeth is good to drink all at ones with a straw and brash your teeth right away.I have lemon water every morning,is absolutely healthy.

        • Do not brush your teeth right away. The acid from the fruit softens your tooth enamel and all you will do is brush this away, eroding your teeth. Brush your teeth before breakfast not after. If you must after, use water to swill your mouth and reduce the ph level. Brush an hour later.

    • Donna if you drink the lemon juice within 20 minutes of squeezing it you get the added benefit of the negative hydrogen ions. I would suggest warm water only first thing, then wait 20 minutes before drinking the warm lemon and salt water.

  10. Excellent news!

  11. Where is Himalyan salt available in India. Can we use black salt or rock salt?

  12. Presently I drink 1st in the morning mixed with 10oz of warm water a couple of tea spoons approximately of “mother” organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I supposed I could alternate mainly because I have a love affair with lemons through out the day with meals routinely.

  13. why are you specifying Himalayan sea salt

  14. Can lime do the same job?

    • Hi Patricia, lime and lemon have similar nutrient content so it should do the job, although the higher vitamin C content of lemons makes them a slightly better option.


  16. Trying this for the first time tonight.


  17. Litia Niumeitolu

    How much turmeric
    How much black pepper
    How much cayenne pepper?

    • Brad Lemley has done a bit of research on this. A minimum of 1/4 teaspoon of dried tumeric (= approximately 1/2 teaspoon of fresh since dried has the moisture removed) + a small pinch of pepper to increase it’s bioavailability a 100 fold. If you add coconut oil (medium chain tryglicerides) it increases bioavailability 10x that amount and also transits the blood brain barrier. Any fat or oil will do but organic/raw, cold pressed coconut oil is top of the chain for quality.

  18. 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
    10oz. Lemon water

    Can the be doubled

    1 tsp sea salt
    20oz., lemon water

    In the morning, an for how long

  19. In the answers to “how much…” I saw “tsp” and “tbsp” that are two very different measures. So which is it—teaspoon or tablespoon?

    • You must have made a mistake in your post or he wouldnt have asked.
      If this is what lemon does, makes people rude and sour, I think we should skip it. Lol.

    • You hv been very short and RUDE With answers to these posts. Are you WATCHDOG? You both are answering the posts.

    • OOPS!! My lemon amounts are incorrect.
      A lemon has about 2 tbsp of juice, a large lemon may have about 4 tbsp.
      2 tbsp lemon juice + 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt + 10 oz room temperature water (filtered, not distilled, is recommended).

  20. Himalayan salt doesn’t sound like a renewable resource – why not sea salt, surely it would have a wide mineral profile or am I confused?

    • These days you get all of mankind’s toxins along with the sea salt. Himalayan salt IS sea salt, from millions of year ago. There are literally MOUNTAINS of it. They wont run out

  21. I didn’t know that lemons boast potassium, and reduce blood pressure….Thanks!

  22. Will Lemon Water & Sea Salt help with my dry mouth problem ?

    • look for Xylimelts in the drug store. They have helped my dry mouth

    • Charles, when you wake up in the morning, your body is dehydrated. Drink two huge glasses of warm filtered water before you do anything. Wait 20 minutes before consuming anything else (including lemon and salt water). This will rehydrate your cells. If you are severely dehydrated (do you notice any fatigue?) then ensure you top up daily with around 2 litres of water but even 3 litres daily until you get back back into balance – more if you do physical labour, work in the sun or sweat a lot.

  23. I also add cayenne pepper, black pepper and ground turmeric. I think they add additional benefits.

    • Yes, they increase bioavailability. If you add Coconut oil (or even milk containing fat, or butter – any fat) it will exponentially increase the bioavailability, including to the brain where it is an anticancer, antiinflammatory neutriceutic.

  24. Does it have to be warm water only……

  25. I noticed that when I use the lemon and pink salt in the morning (on an empty stomach), it appears to go right through me. Is this natural?

  26. Can you use lemon juice instead of lemons? What is the recipe of lemon juice and salt to be used in the 10 oz. of warm water?

  27. When can you eat after this lemon and salt Drink? thanks

  28. I look forward to trying this out. I,have Himalayan salt already, just need to know the ratio of salt to 10oz lemon water.

  29. I was wondering if I could use lemon essential oil instead of fresh cut lemon.

  30. Yes but it’s less pure (and micronutrient dense) than the ancient sea salt from the Himalayan which has been buried for eons.

  31. The article mentions real sea salt and then Himalayan salt. I use both. Which one are you recommending?

  32. Will Morton Natural Sea Salt work?

    • As far as I know, Morton Sea Salt is bleached. Natural salt is not white. I use Redmond Real salt. It’s all natural.

  33. I will try this using Morton natural sea salt

  34. Douglas Caporrino

    Great article

  35. I intend tp use your two-ingredient morning tonic : ( one smal or) a big lemon serves up 139% of your daily value for vitamin C What standard do you use ? I use since twenty years 2000-3000 mg a day “stanard” vitamin C.

  36. I INTEND TO USE YOUR 2-IN?GREDIENT MORNING tONIC : do you consider a small or a big lemon 139% of my daily value ? I use since twenty years 2000-3000 mg “standard” vitamin C .

  37. I have acid reflux. Is this still good for me or is there an alternative? Thanks

  38. how can i clear my lung, i do smoke regular. pls help me. thanks

  39. I use the warm water and lemon juice with 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp honey, dash of red pepper. Would it be alright to add 1/4 tsp of Turmeric, MCT oil and the sea salt? Or would that be too much of a good thing?

    Jackie Moore

    • Jackie, I recommend using a dash of black pepper as well to make the 1/2 tsp. turmeric more bioavailable. I also use 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar. It’s delicious! Right now, though, I’m on the second day of an extended water fast and drinking the lemon/salt water first thing in the morning, after some plain water. A little dizzy and lightheaded at the moment, but that’s to be expected. Will start feeling great in a day or two, and this lemon drink will help!

  40. Thanks for the recommendation. Just want to know if adding cinnamon and Tumeric to the lemon and warm water, is ok?


  41. What does this mixture do to Blood pressure?

  42. Alexiys M. Rodriguez

    Thank you for all this wonderful iformation. This is a tremondous help to get everyone that comes to me for help to understand the importance of eating correctly.

  43. Can you substitute lemon juice for real lemon? They are very expensive thru the winter and to eat 3 a day is unaffordable for me. Thank you.
    J Winkelmann

  44. How about lemon essential oil instead of the lemon?

  45. I am amazed at how many readers do not read the complete article before asking questions re amounts, etc.. Thank you for posting this helpful article. I plan to try this simple recipe for my 74 yr old body.

  46. I’m with Gigi. People should read the rest of the posts to get the right concoction. Very tasty drink!

  47. No, you cannot use lemon essential oil. It is cold-pressed from the rinds only.

  48. Flora Mason Van Orden

    A tablespoon of dulse leaf blended into a glass of distilled water is better than lemon water because lemons have been proven to de-calcify. Dulse, from the northern Atlantic, has every mineral and trace mineral in the ocean and is so much better than any kind of salt.

  49. Stop exploring the Hymalaya. Thats just an hype. Sea Salt unpeocessed is the most complete salt for our bodies. Consume local!

  50. Don’t try this if you have any autoimmune issues. There will be a strong reaction. I know and was sorry to have found out with no warning!

  51. Had insomnia till I read these posts. I can doze now.

  52. Roberta A Maguire

    Some comments about acid re flux and auto-immune. Any thoughts on those?

  53. Do I drink my pot of coffee before or after drinking this mixture. Asking for a friend?

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