The first decisions you make each morning can set you up for success the rest of the day.
When you choose to start your day in a healthy way, both physically and mentally, you set a precedent that says you won’t settle for anything less than what is best for you and your body.
Today, I want to share with you a simple and delicious way to begin your day in a healthy way … one that could help you to feel energized and ready to take on the day.
Your Morning Health ‘Cocktail’
8-12 oz. of filtered warm water
1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 half lemon (squeezed)
As soon as you wake up in the morning, you can make this healthy "cocktail," which comprises just three ingredients — water, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Some variations of this drink include cinnamon, honey and/or a sweetener.
All you have to do is add each ingredient into a glass at the recommended doses, stir and drink.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this drink. That’s because the punch this cocktail packs includes several health benefits.
A big focus, and why I chose to write about this drink, is because it aids in digestion. Jump-starting your digestive system first thing in the morning can give you a feeling of vitality and help you avoid feeling bloated, lethargic or sluggish — like other meals might.
As I’ve written about in the past, your digestive system is responsible for the health of an incredible amount of other systems in the body, including your brain.
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Apple cider vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid and more.
This gives it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial and many other beneficial properties.
A Key Ingredient in High-Quality Vinegar
The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.
"Mother" of vinegar is a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar. It indicates that your apple cider vinegar is of the best quality.
My go-to brand is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, which is organic, non-GMO, raw and unfiltered. But there are plenty of other brands available, and what you may already have in your pantry can also do the trick.
10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Rich in enzymes to maintain a healthy gut
- Helps relieve allergies
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps relieve muscle pain from workouts
- Helps dissolve kidney stones
- Helps prevent sinus infection
- Helps prevent acid reflux
- Helps prevent arthritis
- Lowers levels of fatigue
So, you could just take apple cider vinegar by itself. But lemon juice adds to our cocktail’s one-two punch.
That’s because lemon juice provides immune-boosting levels of vitamin C.
Lemons are rich in bio-flavonoids, which destroy harmful free radicals in the body, aid in digestion and offer even more health benefits (listed below).
10 Benefits of Lemon
- Boosts your immune system
- Flushes out toxins
- Is a natural blood purifier
- Helps relieve respiratory issues
- Helps aid in throat infections
- Helps rejuvenate skin
- Reduces blemishes
- Decreases wrinkles
- Naturally energizes you
- Hydrates the body
Lemons also contain the vital mineral magnesium, which we talked about in-depth last week as part of a healthy body and diet.
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Starting your day with this healthy cocktail could be a great way to set your day up for success. A healthy body is a healthy mind, and both determine the outcome of your day.
Just keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is acidic, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much you consume so you get the most benefit from it.
But if adding this apple cider vinegar cocktail sounds like something you might want to add to your healthy routine, it’s something you could do every morning, every day of the week.
Happy and healthy investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily