05 Dec Dragons Breath Elixir for Immunity
Over the colder winter months, I always add a little cayenne pepper into my regular Ginger Lemon Water morning routine. It’s an excellent immune booster and helps to boost the gut and the metabolism which naturally slows at this time of year.
Lemon is a fantastic all-rounder, great for detoxification, digestion, and your skin, and delicious when mixed with Ginger. Ginger is a great expectorant, which has been traditionally used to relieve gastro issues and sickness. It is imbued with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. I always keep the skin on or advise my clients to scrape off the skin with a teaspoon, as most of its medicinal qualities are found close to the skin. Finally, we add Cayenne which contains a myriad of health benefits.
The cayenne pepper, also known as the Guinea spice has been used therapeutically in many societies, especially those of the Americas and China. The active component in cayenne pepper is called capsaicin, not only a well known joint-pain reliever, but also increases fat loss by increasing energy expenditure. Be careful though; a little goes a long way!
Anti-Cold and Flu Agent
Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up congested mucus. As mucus leaves the body, relief from cold symptoms follows quickly.
Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, and irritating coughs.
Cayenne is also used as a digestive aid. It increases the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation of food and elimination of toxins.
Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.
Supports Weight Loss
Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
Dragons Breath Elixir Recipe
This is my favourite tried-and-tested wellness booster shot, given its name (the Dragons Breath bit at least), by my nephew! The body is cleansed by the ginger lemon combination, and the cayenne pepper serves to speed the metabolism and to stimulate peristalsis. It also warms the body, providing heat. Remember not too much Cayenne!
Here’s how to make it:
- Juice ½-1 whole lemon
- Juice 2.5 cm’s of ginger
- Add a dash or two of cayenne pepper
Knock it back in colder climes on a daily basis, or at the onset of a cold. You’ll feel the effects fairly quickly. I haven’t gotten sick in a long time!
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