A Simple Morning Detox Drink And Why You Should Try It
According to Ayurveda, morning time is the most important part of the day as it’s the best time to cleanse your body and mind of all its toxins and waste.
Between 2am and 6am is Vata time. Vata (air and space) governs movement in our bodies and during these hours our bodies are working to detoxify and digest all that it has accumulated the day before, including the food that we have eaten and the thoughts that we have manifested.
Our bowel motions are good indicator of a healthy digestive tract and should be on a daily basis, generally first thing in the morning upon rising. Ayurveda believes if we are not digesting food properly and eliminating everyday, toxins will get absorbed in the body leaving us to feel heavy, tired, sluggish and mentally foggy. Now who really wants to feel like that? Even worse, it can lead to weight gain if we don't do anything about it.
Waking up during Vata time (usually between 5am and 6am for me) will not only ensure easy evacuation of waste products, but it's also when the environment is at its most calm and pure, making it the perfect time to practice meditation or get some study done before the rest of world wakes us with their distractions.
To assist with detoxification and daily bowel elimination, here’s a simple and easy-to-make drink full of benefits. Not only will it flush toxins from the GI Tract (Gastrointestinal Tract), it will also counter off sluggishness in the Lymphatic System.
Here are the magic ingredients:
1 cup of warm water
½ tsp of freshly grated ginger
½ tbsp honey
½ tbsp lemon juice
The water will wake up your digestive system, the ginger will work as a scraper, the honey as a binder and the lemon will help to detox and flush the system out.
Make sure never to add the honey until the water has cooled down, as honey becomes poison when it’s heated.
If possible, try to take this drink within the first 10 minutes of waking, after you have brushed your teeth and scrapped your tongue, and before meditation. (Click here for instructions on how to scrape your tongue).
This simple and natural detox drink will improve regularity of your digestive tract, promote a healthy appetite, help manage weight and flush toxins from your body leaving you feeling a whole lot lighter, clearer and energised for the rest of the day.
Enjoy the cleanse.