Everyday morning drinks for a healthy start

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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What is your routine in the morning like? Are you one of those who loves to have a hot cup of coffee or just believe in having a full breakfast to jump-start the day? If you belong to one of the two groups, then your morning habit needs to be seriously re-evaluated.

Our metabolism is usually slow when we wake up in the morning, the pH level of the stomach is high and we are mostly dehydrated.

The condition can be made worse by a heavy meal or caffeine on an empty stomach. Our stomach and gut become soft like a sponge after 12 hours overnight fast, as per Wellness and Lifestyle experts. It can absorb more nutrients at that time of the day, so you need to give it something good to begin the day with. For a healthy digestive system, here are 7 concoctions recommended by experts that one should have early in the morning on an empty stomach.

Warm water with lemon

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For a refreshing morning, a glass of warm water and 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice is all you need. The content of vitamin C in the lemon will help to improve your immunity, maintain the body’s pH level and flush out the system’s toxins. Citric acid keeps digestive issues at bay and combines with other stomach enzymes to stimulate gastric juice secretion.

Lemon, ginger and raw honey in warm water

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Prefer your morning healthy dose to be a little more flavorful? Then add ginger and honey to your warm lemon water. An effective way to improve your digestive system and avoid indigestion, nausea, and heartburn is to drink this warm beverage every morning. This drink helps to improve immunity, makes your skin supple and soothes your throat, all of which are common health concerns especially during the winter.

First, boil the water with ginger, strain it and let it cool for a while. After that, add 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice to it and enjoy the drink.

Lemon, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper and honey drink

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Due to their potential health benefits, herbs and spices have a special place in Ayurveda. When boiled together the cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and turmeric root make an extremely healthy gut and stomach tea. After cooling a little, add the lemon juice and honey to the drink. This early morning tea will improve your immunity and keep you safe from the winter cold and flu.

Lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, garlic, cinnamon and honey drink

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Apple Cider Vinegar has a wide range of health benefits and adding it to your diet can be a great decision. Gas and bloating can be avoided by the concoction on an empty stomach. Besides, it can also help in destroying bacteria in the stomach or intestines. Take a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, garlic juice, lemon juice, ginger juice, honey and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix it well before drinking.

Warm water with basil drops

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One of the best drinks you can have on a cold winter morning is water with basil (tulsi) drops or basil tea. Holy basil can facilitate digestion by assisting in the secretion of digestive enzymes. This tea is also good for regulating the amount of blood sugar, managing skin problems and strengthening the internal defense mechanism. A tablespoon of honey can also be added to the drink to make it taste better.

Thyme, peppercorn, ginger and turmeric drink

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For those struggling with the issue of mucus buildup, the thyme and peppercorn concoction is excellent. Your sinus cavity may be blocked by excess mucus buildup, leading to a bacterial or viral infection. Consuming this drink early in the morning can help to clear the nasal passage. In some water, all you need to do is add 1 tablespoon of thyme with 1 peppercorn, grated ginger and turmeric root (you can also use turmeric powder) in some water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain it and enjoy the drink.

Wheatgrass drink

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There are many powerful benefits of taking fresh wheatgrass juice on an empty stomach. It can help to lose weight, treat skin disorders, minimize cravings for food, detoxify your cells, increase immunity, promote circulation, decrease fatigue, treat arthritis, and improve digestion. If you are not able to find fresh wheatgrass, then you can use organic wheatgrass powder. Both work in a similar way.

You could always go for a big glass of warm water if you prefer to keep it simple.

For a healthy internal system, what you have first thing in the morning is really important and that is why it is integral to develop a good morning routine.