Category: Alkaline

Fat Burning Morning Drink

Fat Burning Morning Drink

When we awaken in the morning, we are ending a period of fasting that has lasted all night long.  The first thing that you consume in the morning is very important and can have a critical impact on our health.  Easy absorption on an empty stomach is the main reason.

A simple glass of warm filtered water containing cayenne pepper, lemon and apple cider vinegar can have a significant impact on your health.  The benefits of this simple drink are extensive and nothing short of amazing.  Want to know more about the benefits that you will see from consuming this beverage first thing every morning? Here they are:

The lemon helps to break up mucus, helping to clear your sinuses that can be a significant benefit for allergy sufferers or those who have a cold or flu.

  • Restoration of the alkaline acid balance in your body which will relieve any issues that you are suffering due your consumption of a diet that is high in acid-producing foods.
  • This beverage will help to remove toxins from the body.
  • Clears up the skin and gives it a noticeably healthy glow.
  • Can help to break down fats in the body which will result in noticeable weight loss.
  • This beverage will lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Feeds the liver and detoxifies it at the same time.
  • Strengthens the immune system so you do not get sick as often.
  • Gives your body a lighter feeling.
  • Boosts up the metabolism and gives you more energy to get on with your day.
  • Purifies the colon which makes it much easier to improve the digestive process and allow your body to absorb nutrients more easily. Colon purification helps to clear up the skin and improve its appearance.
  • Can effectively lower high blood pressure.
  • Helps your digestive system and allows you to eliminate waste more regularly and efficiently.
  • Pushes your lymph system into balance that can assist with the various daily functions of the body. It can also help to fight infection and to balance the body fluids.

 

Here is the recipe for this amazing fat burning morning drink:

Use 12 ounces of warm filtered water (not HOT water).  Hot water will break down many of the essential properties of the majority of these ingredients including enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Add juice from a half of a lemon

Add in 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the beverage

Directions:

  • Always drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach when you first wake up.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together and drink the beverage immediately.
  • It is a good idea to drink this concoction through a straw so that you do not get all of the acids on your teeth that can cause damage, especially if you are drinking this every day.
  • Don’t eat anything else for 10 – 15 minutes so that you allow your body a chance to absorb all of the ingredients.

When you first begin drinking this mixture you may find it very tart and difficult to consume.  If necessary, add in a teaspoon of honey that will add a little bit of sweetness.  As you start to get used to the taste you can start to reduce the honey until you no longer need to add the honey.  This drink has a lot of major health benefits, and your body is going to appreciate it.  You may not like it at first, but once you make it a habit of drinking this daily, you are well on your way to enjoying the health benefits that this elixir provides.

5 Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

5 Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

For hundreds of years, vinegar has been used for various household and cleaning purposes as well as it’s healing and anti-aging properties.  The most popular vinegar among the health community, apple cider vinegar, is scientifically supported to ease gastrointestinal distress, aid in weight loss, lower blood sugar, and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease, just to name a few. Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing organic apples and squeezing out the juice, then adding yeast and bacteria to the juice to start the fermentation process that gives ACV it’s digestive qualities. Then, even more bacteria is added in until the juice turns into the vinegar that we all know and love.

You can incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily routine by simply mixing it with water for a natural topical solution, drinking a few tablespoons in your water or juice, adding it into your recipes, or, if you’re brave, simply sipping it straight out of the bottle (Shots! Shots! Shots! …Obviously, things get crazy in my house when there’s ACV around!). But just in case you are not convinced that you should be using this miracle substance on a daily basis, here are 5 more benefits to utilizing apple cider vinegar.

  • Fighting Dandruff – Okay, Snow White, there is hope for a dandruff free life! Long live the black shirts! All you need to do is mix equal parts water and ACV into a spray bottle. After shampooing, generously spritz the mixture onto your wet hair, let it sit for 2 minutes and rinse. The acidic environment of the ACV prevents dandruff causing fungus from forming and growing on your scalp. Easy and worth it, right?
  • Stopping a Sore Throat – With cold and flu season upon us, boosting your immune system is the best thing you can do to prevent calling in sick from work. If you start to feel a little tickle in your throat, simply mix 1 teaspoon. of ACV with a teaspoon of cayenne and a tablespoon honey to make a throat soothing elixir. The antibacterial properties of the honey and ACV is sure to arm your immune cells with the proper tools to fight off the cause of your sore throat, and the cayenne will work to alleviate the pain. As an added bonus, it’s also a fat burner!
  • Clear up your Skin – If you are suffering from oily skin, look no further! ACV is a natural astringent that pulls the impurities from your skin ad help reduce the oils, limiting your breakouts! The acidity also balances out the PH of your skin, keeping your skin feeling healthy and glowing. Simply use 1 part ACV to 1 part water, and dab it on your skin, focusing in your breakout areas.
  • Whiten your Teeth – If you have family portraits or an Instagram photoshoot going on in the near future, forget whitening gels or strips and pick up a bottle of ACV. Mix equal parts water and ACV, swish and spit, then brush and floss as usual. The acids found in ACV will help lift stains from the teeth, giving you a vibrant white smile. All that said, do use this with caution, as overuse of this technique can strip the enamel from your teeth. As they say, too much of any good thing can be a bad thing!
  • Digestive Balance – Last, but certainly not least, ACV is an incredible digestive aid, helping you absorb more nutrients from your food in addition to aiding you in weight loss! That’s because consuming ACV helps your body stimulate gastric juices that break down what you are eating even more, giving the villi in your intestines a better opportunity to grab the nutrients as they pass by. When you are absorbing these nutrients properly, your body runs smoothly and doesn’t crave vitamins and minerals that you are eating, but not able to utilize. This keeps your body out of starvation mode, meaning more fat loss and energy! Simply try mixing 1 Tbsp of ACV with a glass of water or tea before every meal to reduce uncomfortable bloating, constipation and aid in that nutrient uptake.

These five benefits of ACV are just a small handful selected from a seemingly never-ending list of proven apple cider vinegar uses that are both helpful and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Be sure to check back for even more benefits of using ACV, including recipes and videos, and let us know your favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home in the comments section below!

Want Clear Skin?  Drink this Daily!

Want Clear Skin? Drink this Daily!

The skin is the first place that you will notice if your diet is bad. Your body routinely detoxes itself by getting rid of all of the “poisons” from your system. Toxins will show up as oily skin with a lot of acne. If you want to improve your skin’s appearance once and for all, consider changing your diet and drink this concoction in the morning every day.

What’s in it? You will need:

The juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of aloe vera
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of honey (do not include if you are doing a sugar detox)
A few sprigs of mint or basil
1 or 2 cups of room temperature or hot water

What is so magical about the combination of these particular ingredients?

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

One remedy that has long been used to treat a lot of different health concerns is apple cider vinegar. It can be used to increase the production of stomach acid that causes acid reflux, but it does so much more. It is rich with enzymes and works to balance gut bacteria which is what is needed to beautify skin. Apple cider vinegar is a potent elixir that can augment insulin response and lower blood sugar. If you consume apple cider vinegar in the morning each day, it can help your skin to look amazing.

ALOE VERA

Most people are aware of the incredible healing properties of aloe vera to treat burns and cuts on the skin. Many people are unaware that they can also eat aloe vera. Aloe Vera can be served with other foods because the flavor is not that strong. Aloe Vera is used to treat a variety of gut issues and is also used to treat diabetes or colitis. This plant improves the feel, and the look of skin and people that use it regularly say that it has helped clear their skin, giving it a brighter appearance.

LEMON

When you eat lemons or other foods that are rich in vitamin C, they help you to absorb iron that provides you with more sustainable energy. If you have low iron stores, you will feel tired. Lemons are alkalizing and have astringent qualities. They can promote detox by stimulating the liver and help to improve the complexion. If you do not have any GI issues or chronic heartburn, then drinking water infused with lemon can be wonderful and may even give your skin a healthy glow.

MINT & BASIL

It is always a great idea to add in wild or culinary herbs to your diet where possible. A lot of people recognize mint as a remedy for digestion issues and to ease nausea. Mint contains anti-inflammatory compounds and minerals too. Basil adds a lot of amazing flavour to food and beverages and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

HONEY

Honey has a history of being added to food and beverages for thousands of years. In modern times, it is recognized for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Honey is high in sugar, so one should not consume large amounts of it. It is the perfect natural medicine and is effective in fighting infections. Did you know that you can apply honey to the skin to treat scars and acne?

When you combine all of these ingredients and consume them daily in a beverage, the benefits will soon become apparent. Your skin will take on a healthier appearance, and you will feel more energy as a result. Try drinking this combination of superfoods first thing in the morning upon waking, before you eat your breakfast.