According to Ayurvedic philosophy the choices you make regarding your daily routine either helps build up resistance to disease or tear it down. Ayurveda invites us to get a jump start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align our body with natures rhythms, as well as fostering self-esteem and self-discipline.
I’ve recently started adding ginger and turmeric to my morning warm lemon water to create a 'Power Punch' trio of goodness to kick start my day.
To make this routine as easy as possible I juice two times the amount of ginger to turmeric (buy organic so you don’t need to peel) and then freeze in single serving portions by using an ice tray. I occasionally also freeze my lemon juice, if I get a cheap haul of lemons at the farmer’s markets, but otherwise squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the warm (not hot) water.
But why Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon?
Turmeric is one of the most researched natural remedies available and there are numerous studies validating its healing properties. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is known as a powerful antioxidant. This means it targets dangerous free radicals in the body and reduces the damage they are able to cause DNA and cells. When cells are healthy the body is healthy, which means turmeric offers general wellness benefits, as well as targeting specific health problems. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory qualities. This makes it effective for fighting heart disease, and other health problems related to inflammation. Curcumin is believed to reduce certain enzymes in the body known to trigger inflammation.
Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help maintain normal blood circulation, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat. Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion. Additionally, it can improve the improve the immune system and decreases bacterial infections in the stomach.
Lemon is high in vitamin c and potassium (use warm not boiling water to prevent any vitamin loss) Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis - the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons are also high in vitamins and minerals that help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.
This Power Punch helps start the day on a hydrated note, when your body is dehydrated it can’t perform its proper function which can lead to toxic build up and stress your immune system.
I’ve been drinking this mixture for a month now and have really noticed the impact in my skin and especially in my energy. No mid afternoon coffee slump for me anymore – result!
In the comments below let me know if you give this a try and if you notice any specific benefits.
In happiness and health,