A Powerful Concoction to Kick Start Your Day: Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Water
The first liquid consumed in the morning is extremely advantageous to your health, as the body has been fasting during sleep. Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar (i.e., ACV), and water are used as a tonic for many health conditions, as it is quickly absorbed after your evening fast. Combine 1 liter of water with 1-2 tsp. of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and the juice of 1 lemon 30 minutes before eating if possible.
Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin c, vitamin b, phosphorous, proteins, and carbohydrates. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which produce cancer fighting properties, protects against immune system deficiencies, heart disease, and can even decrease wrinkles (yes and it is much cheaper than a fancy cream!). A lemon can kick start our digestion and clear the body of toxins settling in the digestive track, as it cuts mucous and detoxifies the liver. Despite the acidic taste, lemons are highly alkaline, which helps your body maintain and produce a healthy pH balance. A high alkaline diet strengthens the body systems and promotes healing.
Apple cider vinegar is made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It is then fermented again to become apple cider vinegar. ACV is packed with antibiotic properties and provides many nutrients to the body including calcium, pectin (reduces bad cholesterol and regulates blood pressure), malic acid (gives anti-viral properties), and acetic acid (significantly lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels). The amino acids contained in ACV can act as an antidote to beat exhaustion, as the potassium and enzymes can provide relief from feelings of fatigue.
The average human body is 50-65% water and we have heard time and time again the benefits of water. Drinking water on an empty stomach increases the production of muscle cells/new blood and also balances your lymph system. It purifies the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients. Water purges toxins from the blood promoting a healthy glow and can even boost your metabolism by 24% to aid with weight loss.
I recommend Bragg ACV (http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html) and a hand held lemon squeezer for convenience. If the flavor of this morning drink is not quite as appealing as a pumpkin spice latte, add a packet of stevia. It still won’t compete with the taste of your latte, but the health benefits are well worth it. You can still have your latte and also experience the healing effects of this simple drink.
Make it a healthy habit because you are worth it!
Balch, Phyllis A., and Phyllis A. Balch. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A to Z Guide to Supplements. New York: Avery, 2002.