It’s been said that the body knows best – and in the midst of a tough cold and flu season, I’ve been craving lemons like crazy! Lemons, although acidic on their own, have an alkalizing effect on the body helping to balance your pH. Since disease and inflammation thrive in an acidic environment, maintaining alkalinity is key to health. Lemons help rid the body of toxins, assist the digestive system and are a great source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Great reasons to drink lemon juice to fight cold season and maintain health year round! Here are my three favorite ways to drink my lemons!
Warm water with lemon, apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon
Warm water with lemon in the morning is the BEST way to kick start your metabolism, flush toxins and start your day. Make it a real cold buster by adding 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, which is also great for alkalizing the body and reducing mucus and congestion by aiding the lymphatic system. A tsp of honey and dash of cinnamon – both powerful antioxidants – add to the flavor of this drink and combine as a powerful force to combat free radicals in the body.
Lemon and cucumber infused water
Fill a pitcher with cold water, add lemon and cucumber slices and refrigerate overnight. You’ll wake up to a refreshing water you can fill your reusable bottle with and drink all day. Cucumbers energize with B Vitamins, hydrate with electrolytes and aid digestion.
Lemon juice with cayenne pepper
I first tried this drink while doing the Nektar Juice Cleanse. I was surprised by how much I loved this one! Fill a glass with water, add the juice of 2-3 lemons and a couple dashes of cayenne. You can add a little sweetener of your choice if you like. The sour lemons and the kick of the cayenne are fantastic together. Cayenne supports the circulatory system and helps regulate blood sugar. You can have this one warm, but I love it over ice!
Give these natural health boosters a try – or comment below to share your favorite way to drink your lemons!