Lemon water does more than hydrate the body: It also dissolves mucus in the body, flushes the liver, improves the absorption of minerals, encourages the formation of bile (which is critical to digestion) and breaks down fat. So drink it throughout the day! Start with a hot cup in the morning, but then feel free to enjoy it warm or at room temperature all day long. Drinking iced beverages cools the digestive fires, so avoid cold drinks!
16 ounces purified water
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper
Directions: Stir lemon juice, salt and optional cayenne into water. Pour into a glass and enjoy. To drink this beverage hot, boil the water before adding the lemon juice and salt.