Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

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Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

Inflammation plagues us all, even if we don’t know it.  Everything from workouts to stress to the foods we eat and environmental toxins take a toll on our bodies and cause inflammation.  Rather than turning to traditional medicines, there are many foods, spices, and natural remedies you can use to help relieve inflammation from the inside out. 

I saw a recipe recently for this drink, tried it, changed it up a little bit, and wanted to share it with you.  It’s packed with all sorts of goodies to fight inflammation, boost your immune system and rev your metabolism.

In this spicy drink we have some of the heavy hitters – Turmeric is a spice that has anti-inflammatory properties and is a strong antioxidant, and bonus, it turns everything a nice shade of yellow when you use it.  Ginger is a root that is known to reduce inflammation, help with digestive issues and has even been said to have anticancer properties as well. When Apple Cider Vinegar is made it is fermented, which creates healthy bacteria that helps improve gut health.  It also has properties that help regulate blood sugar, and bonus, it works great when you rub it on your bug bites in the summer to take the itch away.  The grapefruit juice and lemon juice are super anti-oxidants and packed with Vitamin C to help boost the immune system.  Grapefruit juice does interact with some medications, so be careful.  Cayenne pepper can help boost your metabolism and aid in digestion.  And the MCT oil is a good source of energy without affecting your blood sugars, helps with fat burning and mental clarity. 

As always, check your medications to make sure they don’t interact with anything in the drink, and remember this isn’t medical advice, just something I wanted to share with you.  Happy sipping!          

Elixir Recipe

4 cups water

1 cup sparkling water (optional- I like a little bubble in mine.  If you don’t use it, add another cup of regular water)

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Juice of ½ grapefruit

Juice of 1 lemon

¼ cup mint leaves

1 Tbsp grated ginger

1 Tsp Turmeric

½ tsp Cayenne pepper (this is totally up to your taste.  Use more or less depending on how much spice you can handle)

1 tsp MCT oil (put this in right before you drink it)

 

Originally saw this recipe on The Skinny Confidential