Whether you’re in the middle of a total diet overhaul or just looking to bring more balance and resilience into your body, this morning cleanser is one of the simplest dietary habits you can introduce, while also having a huge positive impact on your health. This morning cleanser can help with overall digestive disorders, total body inflammation which causes pain, and overall emotional mood. If you have any questions regarding this cleanse and if it right for you, please contact our encino acupuncture office and speak to one of our acupuncturists that specialize in cleanses that help digestive, and inflammatory disorders.
This lemon and ginger cleanser is full of nutritional benefits. Lemon is an alkalinizing food, meaning when the body metabolizes lemon juice (as well as other citrus fruits), it breaks it down into alkaline elements. All food, when it is metabolized in the body, it either breaks it down into acid or alkaline elements. Our bodies are normally slightly alkaline, so a diet that is too high in acid-forming foods, causing the body to become too acidic, can contribute to mucus buildup in the body. We need some mucus, but excess mucus in the body can be conducive to the growth of bacteria and viruses. Mucus buildup also contributes to congestion, which leads to many illnesses. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a diet consisting of 70 to 80 percent alkaline-forming foods will support harmony in the body, keeping the digestive and nervous systems strong. When this cleanse is coupled regular acupuncture treatments, the anti inflammatory properties along with healing any digestive disorders increases dramatically. Acupuncture is a great anti inflammatory modality and should be incorporated into this cleanse for optimal effects.
Especially first thing in the morning, when our stomachs are basically empty, it can be very beneficial to start the day with an alkaline-forming drink. Lemon also boosts immunity with vitamin C and potassium, helps keep your skin clear and aids in digestion. Adding ginger to the alkaline-forming lemon juice packs an additional punch to the drink. Ginger stimulates digestion and can help reduce nausea. It also improves circulation in the body and has been shown to reduce inflammation. When the cleanse is done regularly acupuncture treatments can be incorporated once or twice per week for pain management purposes. To get the inflammation in our body to decrease acupuncture treatments should be performed at least once to twice per week.
One of the great things about introducing this cleanser into your daily routine is that it can be modified or tweaked to support your personal health needs. Adding cayenne to the mix will help boost your metabolism, and it works as a decongestant and a pain reliever. Turmeric can be added for powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Honey is also a great addition, simultaneously balancing out the sour taste of the lemon while adding antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties to the drink. If you have any further questions on if this cleanse is right for you, please contact our encino office and speak to one of our acupuncture pain management specialists.
Time: 5 minutes
1 cup warm water
½ lemon, juiced
1 TB grated fresh ginger
¼ ts ground cayenne
1 TB grated fresh turmeric
½ ts raw honey
- Boil water and pour it in a mug or glass.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice.
- Add the grated fresh ginger and stir. Add any of the optional extra ingredients and stir those in as well.
- Drink first thing in the morning every morning for the best results.