Jumpstart your morning with honey, red cayenne pepper, and lemon juice.
During the school year, I always feel like I need to wake up with a coffee or at least a strong tea, but by the afternoon I always feel sluggish and in need of a second caffeinated drink – anyone else?
So I looked up morning drinks that don’t make you crash after a few hours, and the internet came through. It turns out that people have found all kinds of drinks to start their mornings that energize them and don’t give them the dreaded crash later!
Welcome to my favorite morning concoction – honey, red cayenne pepper, and lemon juice.
It’s so simple and easy to make, that even when I’m running out the door I never skip my lemon drink.
To make it, you need:
- 1 whole lemon (not just a bottle of lemon juice – don’t cheat!
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey (add more if you have a sweet tooth)
- 1 cup of warm water
- Use a lemon juicer (my favorite one can be found here) or simply squeeze the lemon while holding a fork in the middle to get the max amount of juice out. Pour lemon juice into your cup.
- Add cayenne pepper (start small – you can always add more) and honey.
- Add a cup of warm water. I normally use a smallish amount of water so that I can drink my lemon tonic quickly before I leave the house.
- Many many other cultures (but not Americans – no wonder we’re so unhealthy) drink room temperature or warm water instead of cooled water with ice.
Improves digestion – According to Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine, drinking a glass of warm water early in the morning activates the digestive system and stimulates blood flow to the intestine.
Detoxifies your body – lemon water has been shown to prevent acne & skin problems.
Relieves congestion – warm water is a natural expectorant and aids in the expulsion of phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Vitamin C – citrus fruits like lemons are great sources of Vitamin C – a primary antioxidant that protects cells from damaging free radicals
Prevents common cold – Vitamin C can prevent or limit the common cold in some people
Improves skin – when your skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and wrinkle-prone – drinking water in the morning starts your day off hydrated, and can help you continue drinking water throughout the day
Freshens breath – think about how often lemon is used in household cleaners. Lemon is an excellent natural way to neutralize odors
Stimulates the circulatory system by- opens the capillaries, aids in digestion, and can also speed up your metabolism.
Cleanses the nasal passages – think about the last time you ate wasabi with sushi or other spicy foods. Cayenne pepper is amazing for clearing out your sinuses and keeps you breathing well all day.
Reduces sweet urges – Organic honey can help ward off your sweet tooth if you’re prone to sugary foods like chocolate or soda.
Combats allergies – If your honey is local, the small amounts of natural pollen in the honey can help you build up a tolerance to the flowers in your area, decreasing your chance of allergies.
Nutrient-full – Honey is full of so many natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that give your immune system a boost.
Antioxidants – honey is also an antioxidant and can help your body fight free radicals that harm your body and your skin (coupled with the lemon, this is a power team!)
Lemon water is the perfect way to start your day. Whether you’re trying to get hydrated, improve your skin, or improve digestion and stimulate weight loss, lemon-cayenne-honey-water is a great start to a healthy morning!
P.S. Make sure to drink your lemon tonic with a straw so that the acidity in the lemon doesn’t wear away your tooth enamel!