I often find, the first few things I do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Yet, as I get older I tend to feel a bit achy when I wake up.
I’m sure you can relate!
If you find yourself relying heavily on caffeine to function, or want to promote weightless, and just want to be generally healthy, it may be time to add a morning detox drink to your everyday ritual.
Your stomach is completely empty after a night’s rest, making the morning an ideal time to consume detox drinks.
In this post I will share my favorite morning detox drink recipe. Not only is this recipe delicious, but I have complete confidence you will start to experience numerous health benefits very quickly.
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Benefits of this Morning Detox Drink
There are numerous medicinal foods that can detox your body in the morning.
One way food promotes detoxification is by increasing blood flow to vital organs. Some food adds powerful antioxidants into your system and can stop harmful bacteria and fungus from overtaking your intestines.
This recipe calls for fresh organic lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, ceylon cinnamon, and raw Manuka honey.
I will briefly talk about how each of these aid in detoxification before I share the recipe.
1. Organic Lemon Juice
First of all, the lemon you use for your morning detox drink should be organic.
Conventionally grown lemons are sprayed with toxic pesticides, fungicides, and preservatives to maintain freshness (source).
These chemicals are know to be carginogenic, hormone disruptors, and liver toxic. (source)
Wait a minute, I thought we were trying to detox here?
Now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, lemons are actually a magical fruit for the human body.
They are rich in the antioxidant Vitamin C. They promote heart function, aide in digestion, can clear up your skin, kill harmful pathogens, reduces inflammation, and even promotes weight loss. (source)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar also helps to lower cholesterol. (source)
Both sets of my parents drink apple cider vinegar everyday. They tell me all the time how much it helps them with arthritis and muscle aches.
I have found that it can be difficult to drink due to taste. However, in this recipe you can’t even tell it’s there.
3. Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices in the world. It has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries (source)
However not all cinnamon is created equal.
In fact, most cinnamon imported to the US is cassia cinnamon “fake cinnamon” which contains a high amount of a toxic substance known as coumarin, and low health benefits. (source)
There are many health benefits of ceylon cinnamon “real cinnamon” which include anticlotting, antiinflammatory, blood sugar regulation, antibacterial/antifungal, antioxidant, and even enhances brain function. (source)
So make sure you are buying the correct cinnamon! Ceylon cinnamon is slightly sweeter and much harder to find in stores
4. Raw Manuka Honey
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and contain bioactive compounds that are wonderful for the human body.
Consuming manuka honey can repair colon damage, improve digestion, boost immunity, improve dental health, and heal skin conditions. (source)
Manuka honey is also high in antimicrobial action by containing the compounds methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone. It is actually graded according to its non-peroxide antibacterial potency, referred to as Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). (source)
When buying Manuka honey, look for a UMF of at least 15+
Morning Detox Drink Recipe
Once water is boiled, fill the mug. Then sprinkle in a pinch of ceylon cinnamon and mix the contents with a spoon.
That’s it! Drink one cup every morning on an empty stomach and you will start feeling so great!
Morning Detox Drink Recipe
1 cup of boiled water
1/2 Organic Lemon
1 tbsp Manuka honey
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon
Place a pot of water on boil. Wash the lemon, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice of 1/2 into a coffee mug.
Add Manuka honey and apple cider vinegar to mug.
Pour the boiled water into the mug and sprinkle a pinch of ceylon cinnamon on top.
Mix the contents with a spoon and enjoy!