I’ll keep this post short and sweet since I wrote a detailed blog about the benefits of lemon water a few months back. If you’re not too familiar with lemon water or it’s health benefits, scoot on over here to learn more. For those who already practice this method of daily cleansing, amp up your water and daily detox by adding a pinch or two of non-irradiated (organic) cayenne pepper to the mix!
The Health Benefits of Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water
Drinking warm lemon with cayenne pepper water i) stimulates the liver, the body’s primary detoxing organ; ii) kick-starts digestion and iii) helps neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline (I’ll touch on this a little more in a separate post but basically your body strives for pH balance and it likes to be slightly more alkaline than acidic). Unfortunately, most foods we eat and liquids we drink are acidic to the body. The same goes for the toxic elements found in our day-to-day life (e.g., in the water we drink and air we breathe). In short, it’s crucial that we do everything we can to maintain this pH balance and lemon water with cayenne helps to do just that. You might however be wondering, doesn’t lemon water itself help with those things? Why the addition of the cayenne?
Cayenne pepper contains antioxidants that help cleanse the blood of unwanted toxins. It also contains a spicy compound called capsaicin with helps to stimulate the circulatory system by opening the capillaries (which prevents blood clotting — very healthy for the heart) and heats up the body, increasing energy levels. Because of this heat factor, cayenne pepper works to ramp up metabolism which can help improve weight loss over time. Cayenne also stimulates digestion in that it prompts the release of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your gut, promoting the production of digestive enzymes from the pancreas — two very important elements to good digestion. Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices.
When my clients are looking to kick their coffee habit, I always suggest adding a pinch of cayenne to their lemon water. That’s because this drink is a natural energy booster (thanks to cayenne’s thermogenic effects and the stimulating aroma of lemon) that won’t dehydrate, de-mineralize and acidify your body. Remember, when you wake your body is typically dehydrated. The last thing you want to do is drink a coffee upon waking and dehydrate it even more. Green juice with the addition of cayenne is another great option. Read my article on coffee vs. green juice and clean alternatives to coffee.
NOTE: If you experience indigestion and acid reflux, do not hesitate to consume cayenne pepper or lemon. Thsee foods DO NOT cause these symptoms. In fact, cayenne and lemon counter symptoms of indigestion due to their digestive healing properties. It may seem counterproductive to take pepper for acid reflux but by using cayenne in its uncooked, dried form, its acidic level is decreased, leaving only its healing agents. Remember, cayenne pepper helps restore stomach and intestinal tissues, and aids in the secretion of natural HCL. The food you eat will also be digested more completely, thereby reducing your incidence of indigestion and acid reflux.