10 Drinks to Start the Day and Promote Wellbeing
Give these 10 drinks a try to get your body and mind kickstarted.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used Green Tea for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. Green Tea contains B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine (decaffeinated versions are available) and is rich in antioxidants. It is alleged to boost weight loss, reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease, and prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Often includes black tea, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper. This aromatic tea may help support digestion, prevent cancer, lower blood sugar and promote cardiovascular health. Considered an antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory due to the individual ingredients contained in it.
Noted for its antioxidant properties, high in Vitamin C this tea is proposed to help keep disease at bay and slow down the signs of ageing. Some people have found it may help with skin conditions.
LEMON BALM TEA
An easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits. It has been suggested that it is good to help with winter blues and can help improve concentration. This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup[i].
Hot water and fresh lemon juice helps to flush out the kidneys and digestive system and rehydrates the body. Lemon juice provides Vitamin C and antibacterial properties. This drink is good for the skin. Add a small pinch of cayenne pepper to wake the body up.
This can be used either pre or post-exercise. Juicing cucumber, celery, apples and lemon makes a refreshing juice able to replace natural salts and helps to reduce the build-up of lactic acid through the proportions of sodium and potassium. This drink also contains B vitamins, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
FEELING ALERT AND READY
Packed with antioxidants this rich and vibrant juice will leave you feeling ready for the day ahead. Juice cucumber, carrots, beetroot, celery and lemon for a satisfying start to the day.
FOR THE STOMACH
With cider vinegar to regulate blood insulin levels, this antioxidant, anti-inflammatory drink will wake up your taste buds and is believed to help burn fat. Juice lemon, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, cinnamon and hot water.
WATER, HONEY AND CIDER VINEGAR
Mix raw honey and raw cider vinegar into a cup of warm water. Believed to be fantastic for supporting the immune system. Raw apple cider vinegar contains pro-biotics and the enzymes in the raw honey are thought to ward off allergies and seasonal pathogens. Raw honey is antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal. Make sure you use the raw versions as the pasteurisation process stops many of the health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can help to regulate blood glucose levels.
THE ‘BREAKFAST’ DRINK
Add grass fed butter, coconut milk and either turmeric, cinnamon or ginger to your morning tea or coffee. The butter and coconut milk will satisfy your taste buds and may help to control hunger urges until lunchtime. Cinnamon, turmeric and ginger are great sources of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Grass-fed butter contains butyrate which is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.