The first thing you put in your body every morning has a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Detox drinks are said to eliminate toxins from your body, improve health, and promote weight loss (if that is your goal). Another important benefit of detoxing and early morning hydration is that it is important for digestive health and maintaining regular bowel movements.
Sounds good, right? Now, let’s get into some great morning detox drinks to kickstart your day!
Lemon water makes it into my routine on a more frequent basis, but I often spice it up with the other two ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar and Turmeric.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C which help strengthen the immune system and increases the body’s resistance to infections. Lemon juice also helps with digestion and its scent has been shown to improve mood and energy levels.
For a simple detox drink with lemon, squeeze 1/2 a lemon in warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.
Now, let’s talk about the other two ingredients and their benefits:
Apple Cider Vinegar helps lower blood sugar levels, burn fat leading to weight loss and kills bacteria. Research also shows that Apple Cider vinegar can help detoxify the liver.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory benefits and is a strong anti-oxidant.
To help improve the absorption of turmeric, you can add some black pepper or cayenne pepper to this drink. Honey can also help improve the taste. Here’s the recipe I use often:
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- pinch of cayenne or black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup of warm water
Mix all these ingredients in a cup. It’s that easy!
Note: You will get the benefits of this drink if you consume it at anytime of the day so don’t worry if you miss it in the morning. Just catch up whenever you can!
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