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Feel Great Daily With This All-Star Lemon Detox Elixir Recipe

Feel Great Daily With This All-Star Lemon Detox Elixir Recipe

Elixir [ ih-lik-ser ]: Also called elixir of life. an alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of prolonging life.” (dictionary.com)

When life gives you lemons…

If you’re looking for a health and vitality boost using ingredients you probably have on hand (or can easily acquire), this is THE recipe for you. I prepare a batch of this elixir weekly, throw it back in a shot glass each morning after hydrating but before eating, and I find that it gives me that extra pep in my step!

Why drink this sour, spicy liquid daily? Here are the possible benefits*

  • Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

  • Improved digestion and metabolism

  • Immune system boost

  • Overall detoxification of the body

  • Potential weight loss aid

  • Pain alleviation

The all-star ingredients

Lemons

A major Vitamin C boost to promote a healthy immune system, especially during cold and flu season for prevention, speeding up a virus or recovering after the fact. Helps to flush out toxins from the body and may help improve skin quality.¹

Apple Cider Vinegar

Helps gear up the digestive tract after several hours of fasting (sleeping) by increasing stomach acid levels to help break down food. Promotes healthy gut bacteria and may help increase feelings of satiety.²

Raw Honey

Not only tasty but has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. A good source of antioxidants. Helps soothe a sore throat.³

Turmeric

A very popular health food with anti-inflammatory properties. May help alleviate arthritic and other kinds of pain in the body. Also aids digestion and improves liver function.⁴

Cayenne Pepper

May boost metabolism and help burn calories.⁵ Also may help improve circulation and blood flow.⁶

Black Pepper

Helps enhance curcumin, the most active ingredient in turmeric. As a combination, they enhance each other’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.⁷

The recipe

5-10 minutes  |  Roughly 7 shot glass size servings  

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons, peeled

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup filtered water (adjust depending on how much juice yields from the lemons)

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup as a vegan alternative)

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (start with 1/8 tsp for your first batch if sensitive to spiciness)

  • A couple dashes of ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor add all ingredients and blend on high speed until a juice-like consistency forms.

  2. Pour the mixture into a cup that you can seal with a lid, such as a reusable smoothie cup, through a sifter if you prefer no pulp (I often remove half the pulp so it’s easier to swallow). Also be mindful of sifting out the seeds.

  3. To drink, pour roughly a 1 oz. amount into a shot glass. Consume in the morning after your first glass of water but ideally before you eat.

  4. Keep in the fridge for up to one week.

  5. Enjoy sensations of overall improved health and well-being!

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*Disclaimer: I am not suggesting that the regular use of this recipe will heal or cure any of the symptoms or ailments mentioned above, but that it may help alleviate or improve some or all of the symptoms and achieve the listed desirable side effects. If sensitive to any of the ingredients, particularly a higher level of spiciness, please taste a small amount first. Consumption of cayenne pepper may not be advisable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), an active gastric or duodenal ulcer or diverticulitis. Consulting with your healthcare practitioner before incorporating this recipe into your diet is advisable if you currently have any illness, are sensitive to spices or citrus or are taking any medication. If undesirable side effects occur after the ingestion of this recipe please discontinue use and/or consult with your healthcare practitioner.

Sources:

¹ https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283476.php

² https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar#section7

³ https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits#risks

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306981.php

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper#section2

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=Cayenne

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/turmeric-and-black-pepper#active-ingredients

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