What does lemon ginger cayenne pepper water do?
Lemon water is considered to be a detox drink. I use that term loosely because the body is designed to detoxify itself through the digestion process, but this concoction can certainly help.
How it helps:
- Lemon juice provides an alkalizing effect on the body and it's also good for the liver (which is your internal detox organ). Lemons are also full of vitamin C and potassium, so that can't hurt. There's also so some research that shows the polyphenols in lemons can promote weight loss (at least, in mice).
- Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which increases your metabolic rate. It's also known for raising the body temperature, regulates blood sugar, stimulates the circulatory system and aids digestion. Too bad it can't fold laundry.
- Ginger is great for aiding digestion, reducing that farty, bloated feeling and helps combat flu and cold symptoms.
- Turmeric is my special add. It's in there because it's a natural anti-inflammatory.
How best to drink it
The Best Time to Drink Lemon Ginger Water
Because lemon is so acidic, it can eat away at tooth enamel. For this reason, I recommend drinking it first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth. It's also a great way to get your digestive enzymes in motion, so ideally, drink it before you eat anything.
How Long Will it Last in the Fridge?
Because this recipe calls for fresh lemon, I recommend consuming it within 5 days.
What to Try Next?
- Want more detoxifying elixirs? Try my Detox Veggie Soup. Not only is it great for reducing bloating and water retention, it's also really yummy!
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- 5 cups water
- 2 lemons squeezed
- .5 tsp turmeric, of
- .25 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 ounce Ginger, Peeled and cubed
- .5 tsp stevia, Optional
- mix all ingredients in a large container and store in the fridge.
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.