No, this is absolutely NOT a post about a cleanse where all you drink is lemon and cayenne pepper water for a week in order to achieve drastic weight loss.
Eek, does that thought make me cringe.
While I do believe in cleanses, I veer away from the drastic and prefer food cleanses – that’s right, detoxification through foods that naturally detox and cleanse the body – yum!
However, drinking a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice and non-irradiated cayenne pepper water is a practice that I do every morning to help stimulate my body’s detoxification processes on a daily basis.
So what’s the deal exactly?
Every morning right after waking and before eating anything, I warm a pint of water (slightly warmer than body temperature but not hot), juice half a lemon directly in the glass using a wooden citrus reamer, and top it off with a few sprinkles of non-irradiated cayenne pepper (the process of irradiation reduces the nutritional profile and natural medicinal properties of herbs and spices, so we don’t want that!). Lastly, I mix everything together and chug*. I follow this with about a half glass of plain water, and wait 15-30 minutes before eating breakfast to let the drink work its magic.
*Note: I use a glass drinking straw with this drink to keep the acidic lemon from wearing away my tooth enamel. If you choose to try or adopt this practice, I highly suggest investing in these straws. Unlike plastic straws, they will not leech any harmful chemicals.
And why do I do this?
Lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxifying properties:
Lemon is a natural detoxifier as vitamin C transforms toxins into digestible material. In addition to vitamin C, lemons are also packed with antioxidants and electrolytes including potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is also known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes by helping to oxygenate the body.
Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system by opening the capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar. Furthermore, and very importantly, it increases the temperature of your body and kick-starts your metabolism, which, yes, can help you to lose weight over time. Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices.
To boot, lemons, though acidic, helps neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline. pH imbalance has been attributed to numerous disorders as well as chronic illness. Lemon also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, aiding the digestion of your breakfast that will follow. Since proper digestion is absolutely critical to a healthy body, this drink is a great way to set the stage for a day of healthy digestion.
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