How do you set yourself up for the day? A natural alkaline ‘shot’.
I love to get up early, a bit of yoga, meditation without fail, a shower, a healthy paleo breakfast,and then out the door. Sound familiar?I think my morning routine is already exceptional. But I have a mighty elixir that compliments my regimen fabulously.
Perhaps you’ve read that warm lemon water wets your mojo working in the morning and optimizes your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning.
But… have you tried warm lemon water with cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? (Yes, a bit of honey if you must!)
If you haven’t it, this one, you may be missing out on an truly great way to start your day. Lemon and turmeric are very powerful tools that have a wealth of health beneficits.
Lemons have that tasty, tart flavor with so many health-promoting properties. A study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), says lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites.
Listen to this:
“Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.”
But wait for it:
Couple lemon with turmeric, and your health and wellness benefits increase almost exponentially!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine.
More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in theJournal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”
Just one of a number of active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.
Curcumin may alleviate inflammation:
According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine(2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”
Curcumin’s anticancer potential:
Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”
Therapeutic applications of curcumin:
According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,”including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.
So.. here’s my secret morning elixir.
What you’ll need…
1/2 a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey if you can’t take it!
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water.
How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water. Stir well. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it (this will ensure that the turmeric doesn’t settle at the bottom of your cup.
Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.
And to all my alkalizing friends.. you are setting yourself up with the best alkalizing juice in the world. Just go easy on the honey, honey!
Cassie and Ian shoot the breeze over breakfast and bring up some interesting cultural history about acid and alkaline food that may change your mind.
“Just like cooking meals at home, the best way to know what’s in our beauty products is to make them ourselves. Lemons have a number of properties that make them a great ingredient in many organic beauty recipes. Also, there’s the added benefit that all the ideas below smell great.
1. Organic face scrub
Lemon juice has been shown to have antibacterial properties, which may mean it can be used to fight acne. Unfortunately, there have been no studies to test the effectiveness of lemon juice on acne, but there is lots of anecdotal evidence that it works. Here’s a simple face scrub that works particularly well on oily skin, without the harsh chemicals of most acne washes: