Start the Day Right: Lime & Salt Water
If you’re following a lower carb diet and/or internment fasting sprinkle a pinch of salt into your water because for every gram of glycogen you consume you can hold 4 grams So when you deplete yourself of glycogen you tend to experience diuresis (increased urination) so the little bit of sodium will help you retain that water.
What does it do?
First of all, the first thing I change with all YPSI clients is that they start their day with a ¼ tsp colored salt and a shot of lime juice in a glass of water. This is the most simple change with the greatest overall effect. Every single YPSI Client does it – no exception.
Salt has many vital functions, one of them is that it nourishes the adrenals. The adrenals are 2 walnut-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for the majority of hormones involved in energy level and stress management, such as adrenalin, noradrenalin and cortisol.
Cortisol isn’t the major stress hormone. At the same time cortisol is very important for your energy level. You need cortisol to work, train and survive. Low cortisol levels is NOT the goal. Optimal cortisol levels is what you need. That means high cortisol in the morning, according to our biorhythm, cortisol should bet he highest between 6-8 am decreasing gradually throughout the day. With the lowest point at about 10pm, the time we should go to bed and fall asleep.
You want to know if you fit the optimal cortisol curve? Here is an easy question: Do you wake up by yourself between 6-8 am every day? If not, you most likely suffer low morning cortisol.
You want to have more energy in the morning and wake up by yourself full of energy…. Reset your biorhythm.
There are a few steps and tricks to do this. The most efficient one is:
Start your day with a ¼ tsp. colored salt, and a shot of lime juice in a glass of water. This is the most simple change with the greatest overall effect. Every single YPSI client does it – no exception.
Any colored salt works. White is not a color. In the US I prefer Celtic Sea Salt which is grey. In Germany my choice is Himalayan Salt, as it is easily available. Choose the one that is available to you.
The lime juice has a great effect on pH level. Despite the acidic taste, it has an alkaline effect metabolically. At night our pH drops, which is necessary, especially to optimize hepatic biostransformation. In the morning the Ph has to get more alkaline again, mainly to optimize energyproduction in the cells. So an optimal pH level, especially in the morning, leads to more energy and better phase 1-2 biotransformation. Who doesn’t need that?
The salt also has a great effect on intestinal health as it has anti-microbial and anti-parasitic properties.
Try it, this is the recipe:
– ¼ Tsp. Colored Salt – any colored salt works
– A shot of Lime Juice – fresh or from a glass bottle
– A glass of water – ideally filtered
Mix everything and drink it right after waking up. How much water should you take with it? As much as you need, 200ml being the minimum. Just put the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon or lime in a glass, which is about 1 tbsp of Limejuice, add ¼ teaspoon of colored salt in it, and then add water to taste
You want to reset your biorhythm, increase your energy and decrease bellyfat – start your day with a ¼ tsp.colored salt, and a shot of lime juice in a glass of water. This is the most simple change with the greatest overall effect.
Lemons are High in Citric Acid
Lemons are also very high in citric acid, which is converted to citrate at physiological pH and is what gives lemons their tart taste. Citrate is actually a metabolite that is generated from carbohydrates, protein, and fat that you eat and is ultimately converted into energy.
This means that citrate in lemons is a shortcut past these other energetically wasteful intermediary steps and is, therefore, a highly available form of energy. In other words, citrate from lemons is energy that is skipping to the front of the line. Citrate from lemons has also been shown to prevent and improve kidney stones in several clinical studies because it inhibits calcium oxalate from forming crystals.
Finally, citrate is also converted into two important products:
Oxaloacetate has recently been shown to extend the lifespan of worms and suggests that citrate from lemons may be a great source of oxaloacetate. Though, this by no way means that eating lemons will make you a centenarian.
Citrate also gets converted into acetyl CoA, which among other things is one of two precursors for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. While there are sodium-dependent citrate transporters located in several regions of the brain, it is unclear whether citrate itself can cross the blood-brain barrier. However, at the very least, citrate can be converted into pyruvate, which does cross the blood-brain barrier.
In the brain, acetylcholine is required for REM sleep, learning, memory, attention and more. Another interesting point is that as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the brain actually produces less acetylcholine. Inhibitors of acetylcholine degradation are the first line of treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Written By Dr. Rhonda Patrick