THIS MORNING DRINK WILL DO WONDERS FOR YOUR WEIGHT, ENERGY AND SKIN

By Rhian
PHOTO: ANDREY PAVLOV/STOCKSY

Forget bulletproof coffee, this is the real deal when it comes to energy & metabolism.

How we start our mornings is important. We’re slightly dehydrated, insulin sensitive and in a highly receptive state because the body has just had an overnight fast.

This shot gives you a little bit of everything and is the perfect way to give your body the boost it needs in the winter. Does it taste good? No comment. But oddly, it’s one of those things you come to love that doesn’t necessarily taste great but makes you feel great (kinda like tequila…)


METHOD

Upon rising, have about 200 mls of water. Make your tonic and drink. Here’s the important part. You’ll want to wait at least 2 hours before breakfast AND coffee/tea. Try this 4 mornings a week for 2 weeks and see how you feel.

INGREDIENTS
  • Juice of ½ pink grapefruit
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric, organic & as new as possible (if it’s been in your cupboard for 2 years, get a new one)
  • 1 inch ginger, grated finely. I use a micro-plane
  • pinch of cayenne (just less than 1/8 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 100mls water

I use a blender or nutribullet but you can just stir together if you don’t have one (or are short on patience!). It won’t combine fully, but you can whisk it to a certain extent and then just go for it. Follow it with a glass of water.

If you find the turmeric too strong, you can work your way up. Start with 1tsp and work up to 1 tbsp by end of the second week.


WHY IT WORKS

Turmeric

  • One of the highest source of antioxidants
  • Inhibits COX-2, which causes inflammation
  • Hepato-protective (protects the liver)

Cayenne Pepper

  • Increases bioavailability of turmeric
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Relieves pain

Ginger

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Antioxidant
  • Lowers blood sugar

Pink Grapefruit Juice

  • High in vitamin C
  • Aids digestion
  • Promotes production of glutathione, the master antioxidant
  • Supports the liver’s natural detoxification pathways

Cold Pressed Flax Oil

  • Rich in omega 3 fats
  • Promotes healthy bowel function/natural laxative
  • Fat has been shown to increase absorption of turmeric
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