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MORNING DETOX ELIXIR

Planning events can be stressful, whether you are the event planner or the guest of honor.

As an event planner, you may work ridiculously long hours, carry the weight of the world on your shoulders for several clients at a time and may have no other option than to eat not-so-good for you meals on-the-go or maybe not even have time to eat anything at all and we are likely all over caffeinating.

As a client, perhaps a Bride, planning an events can be a lot on your plate too. You may be working a full time job in addition to planning your wedding, which can often feel like a full time second job, even with an event planner. So many meetings, so many decisions to be made, family dynamics, budgeting and of course the big day itself can take a toll - you may need to detox those extra glasses of champagne that you had as you finally unwind to enjoy it all.

All of this can really be harsh on your body and your immune system. It's important to keep your system ph balanced and flourishing with the proper nutrients so you can keep on trucking!

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Did you know there are many health benefits to drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach? Now, try stepping that warm lemon water up a notch with these superfood ingredients; apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and himajlyan sea salt! Your body is in for a treat!

Here are just the top 5 reasons to give it a try!

  • It purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients
  • Increases new blood and muscle cells
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Boosts your immune system & digestive system
  • Regulates blood pressure & adrenal glands

Over the past few years, I have tried to be pretty regular about drinking warm water with lemon in the morning, before I have my coffee. I've also tried other detox beverages to help with boosting my immune system, boosting energy, aiding digestion, clear skin, clean organs, etc - such as plain ole' shots of apple cider vinegar, zesty shots of lemon, ginger & cayenne and my favorite thing for an immunity booster - lemon, ginger, honey tea.

I came upon a great twist to my current morning detox lemon water from a blog post by Natural Stacks - adding a little extra sour & a little spice to my warm lemon water. This recipe was one of the BioHacks of the week and Ryan Munsey's (Natural Stacks) best takeaways from the Bulletproof Conference .

I've been using all of these ingredients in various ways, but this recipe combines these superfood ingredients into one delicious (or not so delicious) cup! Natural Stacks called it the"AM Detox Drink," but as I stir this together and serve it to my husband (and myself), we refer to it is our "Morning Detox Elixir" - you get the point...drink it in the morning to detox! Now, if only we could get the kids to take a swig or two!

Check out the recipe below and some great benefits on why you should start your AM Detox routine right away!

AM Detox Drink Recipe:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 TBSP organic lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of organic cayenne pepper
  • *can add raw honey too if you like it spicy & sweet
  • *you can even add turmeric for an extra healthy boost
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Here is some great inforamtion that Natural Stacks shared on their blog about the benefits of these ingredients.

Why The "AM Detox Drink" works:

  • Warm water dilates (opens) blood vessels and digestive systems. It promotes "regular" digestion, while cold liquid would do the opposite and we don’t want that.
  • The organic lemon juice contains d-limeone – a compound that helps flush toxins from the liver. Make sure it's Organic - using pesticide or chemical laden lemons sort of defeats the purpose
  • The apple cider vinegar flushes the liver, controls blood sugar, boosts your immune system, and it alkalizes your body to balance pH levels.
  • Cayenne - boosts metabolism, aids digestion and may support immune function
  • The 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt. The salt helps to up-regulate morning blood pressure and protects your adrenal glands.
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The lemon and apple cider vinegar (ACV) help support your liver, the organ responsible for metabolizing (burning) fat, production of bile (which breaks down the fat we eat), filtering toxins, and plays a role in circulation.

Keeping this organ running at its peak can improve energy levels, regulate fat digestion, improve metabolism, and helps eliminate/flush toxins.

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When we wake up our body needs to rapidly increase blood pressure to prevent us from falling over. Cortisol is peaking and the adrenals go searching for sodium to create this increase in blood pressure.

By drinking the sea salt and giving the body what it needs, we lessen the burden on the adrenals – a crucial step towards overall health as most people today suffer from adrenal fatigue due to a lack of sleep and over-stimulation.

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Our body is a finely tuned machine. In order for it to function and produce the results we seek, we need to keep it running properly.

We all know lemon, salt & cayenne works wonders in many ways, but did you know all these great things about Apple Cider Vinegar!! This cool infographic from Health and Love Page has some great fun facts!

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Here are 20 more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. This superfood is truly a must-have in your fridge!

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Tip from Liv: With all the stress and excitement from planning events and weddings, we really need to be mindful of our health. Make sure you get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga and drink your Morning Detox Elixir to keep your beautiful light shining bright!

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