By Helen Duffy, Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist
As a Nutritional Therapist, I regularly talk with my clients about making something become part of their daily habit. One of the most simple, yet it can have some pretty impressive effects on our health, is starting each day with a simple tonic. This means that before you eat or drink anything else, yes even that most important first cup of tea or coffee, you have a simple tonic drink.
The tonic drink that I most commonly recommend to my clients is warm water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon. All of the ingredients have their own important qualities and together they can help to boost your immune system, balance your blood sugars, expel toxins from your liver, kick-start your digestion and support your kidneys. Not bad from a pleasant tasting morning drink ready in a couple of minutes!
The key to success with this tonic is the quality of the ingredients so I always recommend using the best that you can find, so that means organic whenever possible and in the case of the honey and apple cider vinegar, they need to be raw so that the active ingredients are still present and haven't been processed away. Look for 'raw' on the label when you buy them. The apple cider vinegar may also say something like 'contains the mother', which is another way of saying that the active culture is still present which is exactly what you want to get the benefits of.
If you're struggling to find these ingredients in your supermarket there are some good online shops, like www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk or of course, Amazon.
To make your morning Lemon Water Elixir you will need:
½ lemon squeezed
1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
½ tsp honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
Mix the ingredients together and add to a cup of warm water. Keep stirring as you drink so the ingredients do not settle to the bottom.
Try this as part of your morning routine for at least a week to begin to see the benefits.
Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist