A Daily Detox Drink

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A daily detox drink like this one can do wonders for the general upkeep of your health. Although not the greatest tasting, it sure is packed with goodness that your body will thank you for.

Spring has arrived for those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere….and the new season brings with it a sense of hope with renewed energy. But, some of us may be feeling less than in tip top shape & feeling down right sluggish after all that excess winter grazing.

A simple way to start feeling better everyday as we head into summer is to have a daily morning detox drink – and I have just the recipe for you. Does it taste wonderful? No. But it will put you on the road to feeling better. It’s a simple recipe that aids natural detoxification & includes apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon & cayenne pepper.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup hot or warm water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (look for the “mother” type – strands of proteins, enzymes & friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional – you may really want to add the honey as the other flavours are strong!)

Mix all the ingredients together in your warm water & drink.

Apart from excess eating that often happens in winter, daily toxins & chemicals build up in our systems that threaten our health. Detox drinks help to cleanse & purify our body, clearing out toxic overload that can leave you feeling bloated, achy, moody & tired.

The ingredients in this detox drink are some of the best ingredients for detoxification, and here’s why:

Lemon Juice

  • Has an alkaline effect on your body & helps regulate pH levels. Lemons are high in vitamin C, that is a natural antioxidant, which helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C may also reduce your risk of stroke & cardio vascular disease & it can lower blood pressure.
  • The polyphenol antioxidants found in lemons has been reported to reduce weigh gain.
  • Vitamic C is great for younger looking skin – and it helps to reduce wrinkles, with dry skin & damage from the sun.
  • Vitamin C has also been found to be a natural laxative which helps to prevent constipation.
  • One caution though: lemon contains citric acid which can erode tooth enamel, so drink your detox drink through a straw to limit the exposure on your teeth & rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Acetic acid is the main substance in vinegar, which can kill harmful bacteria & prevent them from multiplying.
  • Has been shown to improve digestion function & your metabolism, while it cleanses your liver & lymphatic system.
  • Can increase the good cholesterol – which helps maintain a healthy heart & cardiovascular system.
  • Unfiltered apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce belly fat.
  • Can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and therefore lower your chances of getting cancer. It also assists in shrinking existing tumours.
  • Osteoporosis is a very real threat in women – 25% of women are diagnosed with it every year. The vinegar helps prevent bones from becoming brittle, & strengthens your skeletal system and allows your body to properly absorb needed calcium.
  • Boosts Longevity – with it’s powerful antioxidant abilities it can prevent premature ageing, also slowing the ageing process & making you feel younger.
  • Reduces free radicals in your body – the vinegar actually harvests the free radicals in your body. Free radicals can cause problems like arthritis, immune disease & even emphysema.

Ground Ginger

Aids with digestion – it helps with the body’s ability to empty food from the stomach more quickly.

The more efficient your digestion is the more energy you will have & the better you will feel.

Improves blood pressure by acting as a vasodilator – it expands your blood vessels, which increases the circulation in your body.

It is high in potassium – it has more potassium per 100grams than a banana, a food known for it’s high potassium levels. Potassium is a mineral that lowers blood pressure.

Reduces nausea – seasickness & vomiting. It helps post with surgery nausea & nausea from chemotherapy treatment.

Cinnamon

  • Is loaded with antioxidants, and protects your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
  • Has anti-inflamatory properties, helps your body fight infections & repairs tissue damage and can help with the risk of disease.
  • Reduces levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol & triglycerides.
  • Increases insulin sensitivity, thereby lowering blood sugar levels.
  • On research in animals, cinnamon has shown various improvements with Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease. Human research has yet to be done.
  • May protect against cancer as it appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death.
  • There are 2 types of cinnamon – Cassia & Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) Ceylon being better in this regard. Ceylon cinnamon can be found in health food stores. Casia cinnamon is what is usually found in supermarkets.

Cayenne Pepper

  • Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne peppers – this is what gives them their medicinal properties.
  • The Capsaicin has metabolism boosting properties. It increase the amount of heat your body produces, which makes you burn more calories per day.
  • May help reduce hunger, helping you eat less in the day.
  • Has been shown to reduce blood pressure.

Raw Honey

  • Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria & fungus, it also naturally contains hydrogen peroxide – an antiseptic.
  • Is a good source of anti-oxidants, raw honey contains a large amount of plant chemicals that act as anti-oxidants.
  • Is loaded with phytonutrients – these are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm.
  • Is a potent prebiotic – meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines which is essential for overall health.

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