Looking for something to start your day in a healthy way? Check out these healthy drinks that you can have early morning that can give your whole day a boost, build up your immunity and help you maintain a healthy weight, apart from the other benefits.
Here are some drinks you can make at home, to drink as soon as you wake up in the morning:
1. Chia Water:
Adding chia seeds in your water can help promote weight loss and reduce belly fat because chia seeds are rich in protein and can help reduce one’s appetite and food intake. The fibre in chia seeds help in the slow absorption of food, keeping you full for a longer time and improve digestion, in turn making a person consume lesser food and gain lesser calories. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and can help fight free radical damage, that leaves your skin healthy and glowing. These seeds are high in fibre, protein and omega-3s which could help reduce the risk of developing heart diseases. Consumption of these seeds can improve bone health because it has essential nutrients like calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Here’s how you can make it:
- ½ tbsp chia seeds
- 1 glass of water (250 ml)
- ½ tsp cucumber or lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
Into a glass of water, add in the chia seeds and let it sit for 15 minutes to an hour. You will start to see the seeds plump up and begin to float around in the water. It is ready to consume. If you wish to flavour it, you can add in lemon and honey, stir well and consume this on an empty stomach and wait for half an hour before consuming any other food or beverage.
Tip: You could make mix the chia seeds in the water before you go to bed and leave it overnight and then consume it the next morning.
2. Lemon Water:
Lemons are high in vitamin C. This property of lemons can help fight free radical damage to the body. It helps to filter out toxins from the body and can protect the liver from damage by helping the body cleanse itself naturally and also reduce fat in the liver. Lemons have antioxidant properties which can help reduce skin damage and premature aging. Apart from the other benefits of lemon water, this drink can also help aid digestion and boost the body metabolism in turn promoting weight loss and fat burn very more easily. Lemon water acts as a natural diuretic which can decrease the fluid build-up in the body that can trigger high blood pressure which could lead to heart problems. This drink can help the body get rid of this excess salt by urination and it can help normalize one’s blood pressure levels.
Do not over consume lemon juice or lemon water as it also does have its side effects. Consume it in moderation. Excessive consumption of lemon juice or lemon water can lead to enamel (the outermost layer of a tooth) corrosion or tooth decay, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, Gastroesophageal reflux symptoms etc.
Here’s how you can make lemon water:
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 glass water (250 ml)
In a glass of warm water, add in the lemon juice and honey and stir well. Drink this on an empty stomach early morning and wait for half an hour before consuming any food or any other beverage.
Caution: Those who suffer from pollen allergies can avoid consuming honey.
3. CCF Tea
CCF tea is short for Cumin Coriander and Fennel (CCF) tea, which is very often known as “miracle tea”, as it has multiple benefits from the powers of these three powerful ingredients, apart from promoting overall health and detoxification of the body. It stimulates digestion and can help treat problems like indigestion and is well-regarded as a carminative or flatulence relieving substance. It can also relieve bloating and ease nausea and vomiting. Those who have lack of apetite can benefit from having this tea, as the coriander seeds in CCF tea is known to stimulate apetite. This tea can also help balance blood glucose levels.
4. Turmeric Milk
Drinking turmeric milk every morning can help keep cold and coughs at bay. Turmeric contains curcumin. This is a compound which has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties. It can help alleviate stress and improve one’s mood. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain in the body. It has antioxidant properties which can help rejuvenate the skin and give it a glow.
Here’s how you can make turmeric milk:
- 1 cup of warm/hot milk
- ½ tsp organic turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1 tsp organic honey
In a warm/hot cup of milk, add in the turmeric powder and honey and mix well. Stir it well and drink it on an empty stomach early morning and wait for half an hour before consuming any food or any other beverage.
5. Ginger Coffee:
Apart from the other benefits of ginger, it is known to work well with a healthy diet, for shedding those few extra pounds. Ginger contains the compounds gingerols and shogaols, which can be helpful in stimulating several biological activities of the body, once ginger is consumed and can have an anti-obesity effect, which aids food digestion and keeps blood sugar levels stabilized, in turn helping one to maintain a stable and healthy weight. It can also help reduce indigestion, gas and stomach cramping. It can also help boost one’s immunity and provide relief to those suffering from cold, fever, sore throat running nose and chest congestion.
Here’s how you can make ginger coffee:
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 cup hot milk
- 1 tsp instant coffee powder
Firstly you need to make some ginger syrup by adding the sugar into a small heating pot and once it melts, add in the ginger and let it come to a boil and then simmer for a few minutes before turning off the flame. Strain this into a small container (pressing the ginger downwards) and the remaining ginger syrup can be kept in the fridge for future use.
Then, into a cup add in 1 tsp of instant coffee powder, 2 tsp of ginger syrup and top it up with hot milk. Stir well and drink this early morning on an empty stomach and then wait for half an hour before consuming any other food item or beverage.
6. Amla Juice:
Amla is rich in antioxidants and helps fight inflammation. This Vitamin C rich food is also anti-inflammatory in nature and helps keep mild inflammations in check. Regular consumption of amla gives you blemish-free skin and strong hair. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. It is also enriched with Omega 3 and Antioxidants naturally strengthens hair from root to tip and clear skin. READ MORE – Amla Juice to boost immunity, brighten skin, stop hair fall and more