The way you start your morning can have a significant effect on how you feel for the rest of the day, as you’ve probably experienced at least one time or another. Some days, you just don’t want to get out of bed – you groggily make your way to the coffee pot, hoping that a shot of caffeine will snap you from that fog so that you can move on to doing everything you need to do, from letting the dogs out to getting the kids ready for school and heading to work.
While you probably think that coffee is the best thing you can to get going, there is actually a much better, healthier way to get your day off to a great start.
As the body is especially acidic in the morning, tasked with cleansing it overnight, the last thing it needs is something more acidic like coffee. What it does need is an energy booster, as the tissues are dehydrated and in desperate need of healthy fluids to push out those toxins.
Alkalizing your body at the start of the day will help neutralize the acid and brings numerous health benefits, including:
5 Reasons To Start Your Day With An Alkalizing Drink
Boosting energy levels. A dehydrated body is a fatigued body, and because we wake up dehydrated, providing your body with a refreshing, alkalized drink not only helps rehydrate it, it also delivers important nutrients to get your mind and body going, and provide more energy throughout the day.
Strengthening your immune system. An antioxidant-filled drink helps to strengthen your immune system so that it can fight off things like the cold or flu as well as disease. Those powerful antioxidants also work to neutralize damaging free radicals, converting them into oxygen to be used for tissue oxygenation and energy production.
Improved digestion. As acidity interferes with the normal digestive process, helping to alkalize the body improves digestion throughout the day by neutralizing the effects of acid.
Helping you lose weight. When toxins accumulate in the body, they’re stored in fat tissue. Too much acid in the body’s tissues can lead to serious health problems in addition to weight gain. That’s because an overabundance of acid can’t be easily processed and excreted, which results in the body holding onto fat as an adaptive mechanism. By reducing acid in the body, it helps prevent the storage of fat.
Preventing premature aging. An alkalized, antioxidant-packed drink helps the body fight off free radicals which can slow the aging process, including signs like wrinkles and sagging skin. It can actually improve the skin’s health, helping to keep you looking younger.
It’s easy to see the importance of making sure the body gets all the nutrients it needs first thing in the morning, after repairing and healing itself while we sleep, keeping it as alkaline as possible.
One of the best ways to do that is to begin a new morning ritual of drinking a healthy, alkalized beverage that will give you the best possible start to your day, like these four outstanding options.
4 Alkalizing Drink Recipes To Kickstart Your Day
Pineapple Metabolism Booster
This simple three-ingredient recipe contains organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar which is well-known to be an incredible fat burner that can help you lose weight. It not only acts as an appetite suppressant, which can prevent overeating, it boosts the body’s metabolic rate allowing you to burn calories more efficiently. Of course, it also helps to alkalize the body, further supporting weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, and is said to be beneficial for a wide range of issues, from allergies, acne, and high cholesterol to joint pain, chronic fatigue and acid reflex.
Pineapple contains bromelain, which has the power to decrease inflammation and flush out toxins from the body – that can also help raise the metabolism, aiding weight loss efforts. Raw, organic honey adds a touch of sweetness and has its own benefits too. The organic, unprocessed type not only offers anti-inflammatory properties, it provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can strengthen the immune system, as well as bifidobacteria, a group of bacteria linked to digestive and immune health.
To make it, you’ll need:
- 4 ounces organic pineapple juice (if you have a juicer and can make it fresh, all the better)
- 2 teaspoons organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon organic raw honey (You can get a free jar of raw honey from here)
Toss all of the ingredients into a blender with ice, or just blend together and enjoy. Optionally, you can add a squeeze of lime juice to top it off, which further works to alkalize the body as well as add a tasty flavor.
Sweet Greens Mood Enhancer
If you tend to wake up grumpy, the Sweet Greens Mood Enhancer might be your ideal go-to morning shot. It contains spinach, which is packed with all sorts of mood-boosting nutrients, from anxiety-relieving magnesium to depression-battling folates. Folate helps the body produce mood-regulating transmitters like serotonin and dopamine. A 2012 study discovered that those who consumed the most folate had a lower risk of depression compared to those who ate the least.
The berries are what make this green drink sweet, and they also offer a wide range of powerful health benefits. Berries like blackberries and blueberries contain anthocyanins, which are the pigments that give them their deep hue. Those antioxidants also aid the brain in producing dopamine, essential to your mood, as well as memory function.
Finally, the slice of ginger further enhances many of these benefits while adding a great taste too. It also increases levels of those important neurotransmitters, dopamine, and serotonin, helping you to get focused and productive, improve your memory and your mood.
Toss all three ingredients into your blender and enjoy.
- 2 cups raw, organic spinach
- ½ cup frozen organic blackberries or blueberries
- 1 slice of organic ginger root
Optionally, you can add a teaspoon of organic, raw honey for extra sweetness and health benefits.
Sweet Citrus Morning Energizer
If you’ve got a juicer, it’s hard to beat the taste and benefits the Sweet Citrus Morning Energizer offers.
Lemons are famous for helping one to get the morning started out right. This citrus fruit can improve digestion and battle morning breath as it combats bacteria in the mouth. As it’s loaded with vitamin C, it also pumps up the immune system and even helps cleanse the liver. In fact, Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe writes in Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition that the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food, which naturally gives the organ a boost.
Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that consuming carrots isn’t just good for your eyes – it can positively affect brain function and even improve your mood. Carrots are packed with antioxidants known as carotenoids, and carotenoid levels are linked to mood health. They also offer wide-ranging benefits like battling free radicals, strengthening the immune system and helping to protect against disease.
All you need for this healthy drink are carrots and lemons – make it fresh for optimal benefits.
- 4 to 5 organic carrots with the ends trimmed
- 1 peeled lemon
Simply toss the ingredients into your juicer, juice, and drink!
Super-Powered Alkaline Detoxer
We’ve already mentioned the powerful detoxing, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting benefits of ginger, lemon and apple cider vinegar – now, combine that with turmeric and you’ll have a true super-powered alkaline detoxer.
Turmeric offers potent anti-inflammatory properties as well as being antiviral and anti-bacterial. It can kill intestinal parasites, treat yeast infections, prevent cancer from spreading and possibly prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin is the pigment that gives the spices its bright yellow-orange hue and is believed to be the key component responsible for many of its medicinal effects, including neuroprotective properties that may boost the mood and potentially offer depression-relieving benefits.
Blending together ginger, lemon, turmeric and organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a morning drink each day can help relieve symptoms of digestive disorders like IBS and Chron’s, as well as diarrhea. It can lessen the risk of heart attack, control damaging inflammation and reduce pain, battle free radicals and cleanse the liver. Of course, it also helps keep the body more alkaline, also lowering cancer risk.
The best way to drink this super-powered alkaline detoxer is as a tea. You’ll need:
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1-inch fresh ginger root, smashed
- Juice of ½ organic lemon
- 1/8 cup organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon raw, organic honey (optional)
Add turmeric and ginger to water and allow the mixture to steep for about 10 minutes. Place apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and honey (if desired) into a mug while you’re waiting. When the turmeric and ginger mix is ready, add it to your mug, stir, and sip to your good health.