I’ve been doing warm lemon water as part of my morning ritual for a few years. About six months ago I started incorporating fresh ginger root along with the lemon. Lemon juice helps to detox and alkalize (or rather neutralize) the body. Have to admit I’m still trying to understand how the chemistry of all this works, since lemon is acidic….but that’s for another post…..after a little more research.
The ginger is immune boosting and aids in healthy digestion. I believe this is one of the key factors (in addition to regular use of essential oils, plenty of water, a nutrient rich diet and supplements) as to why I have avoided any of the nasty flu bugs running amuck this winter. Haven’t even caught a cold, and mind you I am working with the public and have had my fair share of “exposure”.
Ginger has a wide range of uses and benefits, including, but not limited to, supporting a healthy immune system, supporting healthy blood sugar levels, taming nausea and morning sickness, anti inflammatory, and pain relief. More info: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger
I’ve come to CRAVE it, or at least my body does! The one “side-effect” I’ve experienced is dropping a few pounds, without changing ANYTHING ELSE, and I’m not complaining! I’ve had several people ask how I do my ginger and lemon…..well, here it is! Note: I make up a batch for the week and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge.
I do a small mug (6-8oz) warmed up every morning…..BEFORE I can have my coffee (a little agreement I made with myself when I started, and I’ve stuck to it). I also find it gives me a little extra boost of energy in the morning, and who doesn’t need that?! I give myself weekends off.
I use a good size piece of ginger and about 24 oz of water (enough to fill up my mason jar). Slice it as thin as you can get it and then bring it to almost boiling, turn it down and let it simmer for a about 20 minutes.
While your ginger is steeping, juice and strain two medium sized lemons into your mason jar.
After the ginger has simmered for a good 20 minutes, simply strain the water into your mason jar. Cool and then store in the refrigerator.
I’ve experimented with different recipes and additional ingredients…including, turmeric, honey, black pepper, cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, and thyme….just to name a few. I recommend experimenting and adding your favorites! And before you ask, no…alcohol is not out of the question…just maybe not first thing in the morning. Actually just discovered “Son of a Bee Sting” (ginger, lemon, honey, rose water and gin) this past weekend, I substituted the gin with vodka, and it was good!! https://kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/son-of-a-beesting
Cheers to your health!! 😊