Did you know that drinking a hot cup of lemon-ginger water first thing in the morning is a great way to perpetually cleanse and detoxify the body on an ongoing basis? How many of us start the day with a big cup of coffee first thing in the morning? Do you think that a big hit of caffeine is just what your stomach and adrenal glands really desire first thing in the morning before you eat? Coffee stimulates the adrenals to produce more adrenaline (like in the fight/flight or stress response), and is a diuretic so it doesn’t really count as hydration. Do you find that you need even more coffee to keep you going during the day? Do the highs and lows leave you feeling jittery for a few hours and then subsequently exhausted? Sometimes coffee can contribute to anxiety and insomnia even when ingested in the morning. Being a coffee lover myself, I never thought I would be able to give it up, but what I have found is that when I start my day with this healthy and soothing drink, my desire for coffee literally diminishes and sometimes disappears. Try it and see for yourself.
1 C boiling water
1 tsp fresh grated or sliced ginger (or ½ tsp dry ginger if you don’t have fresh, but fresh is always better)
¼ - ½ fresh squeezed lemon (or lime)
Experiment with the amount of lemon & ginger and add a touch of honey or Stevia if you desire a little sweetness.
Mix together & let the ingredients steep for a few minutes. Drink as hot as you can tolerate comfortably.
-Lemon is cleansing to the liver, stimulates digestive juices, is alkalizing to the body and freshens breath.
-Ginger is the universal herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is cleansing and detoxifying to the body, enhances digestion, kindles the appetite & digestive fire, and increases the metabolism if you want to lose weight.
-Facilitates morning elimination in a very natural way.
-Gentle yet stimulating to the physiology.
-Hydrates the body after a night of fasting
-When you have overindulged, (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, etc.) this is a great way to detoxify, hydrate, and clear any residual after effects gently and immediately.
Try it every morning for one week and see if you don’t feel cleaner, more vibrant and healthier without the highs and lows of caffeine consumption; benefits you will want to continue!! You might even find like I have, that when you have this first, you may not want coffee, or when you do have it, it will not be on an empty stomach which is much better for your body/mind overall.
To your health ~ Enjoy!!
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Dr. of Metaphysics, Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Founder & CEO of the Kalyana Centre in Narberth, PA