It’s that time of year again – a new year, a new you!
As the calendar turns, most people are determined to lose weight and make healthier choices in the upcoming days. After all the festive treats and holiday feasts this is an easy resolution to come to!
Considering how health conscious that I am, I like to make a healthy alternative to the sugar laden treats, such as these Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies, but I also give way to the scrumptious traditional treats. There’s just something about Grandma’s Fudge that just begs to be eaten! After letting myself indulge, I usually need to let my system reset and start fresh. There’s no better time than the New Year!
Now, I’m not at all an advocate for dieting or counting calories or things like that. I feel that making just plain good food choices is the best thing for long term overall health. But I don’t mind using real food ingredients to help my body along.
There are many easy ways to make your own immune boosting recipes to get your body strong again. But the best way to get your body systems back in line after the holidays is to start with getting your digestive system straightened out. It seems that our gut health has a lot more to do with our overall health than we first imagined!
So in thinking about our gut health, let’s combine some ingredients! There are a variety of ingredients that are excellent for improving gut health. Used individually they aid the body greatly in many ways. Used together they create a power house shot to help set your body straight!
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Elixir
Before we dive into the elixir, let’s talk about the health benefits these ingredients have to offer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a wonder liquid. I could write a lot about apple cider vinegar and the multiple ways it can improve your life! For the benefits of your digestive system and beyond, ACV naturally balances your body’s pH and blood sugar. It has many enzymes and acts as a probiotic improving gut health. It also aids in detoxing the liver and lymphatic system. You can even make your own and it won’t cost you a penny!
This citrus fruit is well known for its cleansing properties. When taken in the morning, lemon will boost your metabolism and kick start your digestive system. It has a high mineral content and multiple vitamins like Vitamin C and folate which help balance your pH and nourish your body.
There are several immune boosting benefits to raw honey, and a good immune system starts in the gut. Raw honey has enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that will nourish the body as you detox. The bonus benefit of honey for this elixir is its sweet taste! This combination of ingredients is a little hard to swallow, but the honey makes it go down much smoother.
Note: Local raw honey gives you the best benefits, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Check out your farmer’s market for the best prices. If you can’t find it local try Tropical Traditions or Vitacost.
One of the most well-known digestive aids, it’s also anti-almost everything, which will give your body a strong health boost. Raw ginger made into a tea is the best thing to take when you have digestive trouble. In this case, powdered ginger works best to mix with your other ingredients.
Among many things, cayenne pepper is great for your stomach. It is found to be a natural fat burner, and to be anti-inflammatory. Both of those aspects are helpful in detoxing the body.
- 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1-2 wedges)
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- Dash cayenne pepper (seriously just a dash!)
- Mix ingredients in a glass or small jar and add about an ounce of warm water. Drink all at once before eating in the morning.
Additional Recipe Notes
Drinking in the morning will allow you to absorb the nutrients quickly and get your digestive system moving.
I find that the flavors of these ingredients are a little hard to swallow, which is why I like to take it all at once. Warm water will also make it easier to drink and will help melt the honey a little so it mixes in well. However, if you are a sipper and can handle the flavors better than me, fill your glass and enjoy!
You could also triple or increase the recipe to make a batch that lasts a few days. Prepping it ahead makes it readily available and helps you to be sure to drink it consistently. Mix it in a mason jar and store it in the refrigerator. The ACV and fresh lemon need to be refrigerated.
If you’re intimidated by the thought of drinking apple cider vinegar with a dash of cayenne, don’t be scared! Try it for a week and see how you feel. You may be surprised at the improvement to your health, just by this one simple elixir since these ingredients have more health benefits than just digestive. You may find that you have clearer, brighter skin, a stronger immune system, and even more energy!
If you really want to jump start your system on a detox, take this before every meal for a few weeks. Then cut back to just before breakfast.
For longer-term, daily routine, keep it up in the mornings. Personally, I find that very doable for my season of life.
There’s nothing better than just feeling well, and making an apple cider vinegar detox elixir is a great small step to take for better health!
This simple daily routine has helped me feel so much better overall. Do you have a similar daily routing that improves your health?
This post was written by Heather Robertson at Neverlackingzeal.com