This recipe is packed with easy-to-find ingredients that pack a punch when it comes to digestion, gut and colon health. Mix it up in the morning and go about your day, knowing the vital mix is kicking your colon’s butt all day long. This recipe is especially beneficial to people who suffer from Crohn’s and colitis.
First things first, do you need a detox?
Because we are constantly fighting against environmental toxins, as well as all of the toxins we eat, drink, and put on our body, it’s often helpful to give our liver and lungs a little bit of a break. Take this quiz to see how badly you might need to detox (especially if you are a smoker!):
Lemon for Vitamin C and Pectin
You already know lemon is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system and attacks free radicals in your system, protecting you from toxins1. Lemon pulp provides pectin, a type of fiber that makes food stay longer in your stomach–like the old saying, “stick-to-your-ribs”2. In other words, drinking lemon in the morning will keep you feeling full, not hungry.
Parsley for Iron, Vitamin A
We put parsley in this recipe because it’s an excellent source of iron,3 which is an essential nutrient for blood health. Our bodies lose iron whenever our body loses cells, which is a regular process in the intestinal tract, and during menstruation, pregnancy, and aging.4
Parsley is great for Crohn’s sufferers because it replenishes the iron, vitamin A, and fiber loss caused by the disease.5
Cinnamon and Fresh Ginger for Antioxidants, Inflammation
Cinnamon’s flavor comes from a compound called cinnamaldehyde. This compound may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.6 If you suffer from nausea in the morning and throughout the day, the ginger will help–it reduces upset stomach and nausea, and it’s a well-known folk remedy to aid digestion.7
A great way to supplement with ginger is with this Ginger Root Extract Powder! Ginger comes from the same botanical family as cardamom and turmeric and has been used for thousands of years. The rhizome contains gingerol, a bioactive compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Vinegar for Digestion
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which works with your stomach acid to make digestion easier. When digestion is boosted, it’s easier for your body to absorb the nutrients you eat. Vinegar will also stabilize your blood sugar.8
Flaxseed for Omega-3
The tablespoon of flaxseed flour in this recipe provides manganese and copper, and it’s also a great source of Omega 3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are a health powerhouse and provide many benefits, including for inflammation and blood pressure.
Kefir for Probiotics
Kefir is a fermented yogurt drink. If your local grocery store doesn’t stock it, you’ll find it in an international or middle-eastern grocery store. However, the health benefits of kefir are making it more and more popular. Finally, as a dairy product, it’s a good source of calcium. Most importantly, it promotes healthy microbes in your gut.
As you can see, these ingredients are a research-proven dream team for your colon. Here’s the easy recipe:
1 lemon, juiced
A handful of parsley
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of vinegar
1 tablespoon of flaxseed flour
100 ml of kefir
Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a smooth juice.
Drink the mixture in the morning and the effects are impressive!
To save time in the morning, blend the night before and store in the fridge.
Tweak the ingredient amounts to taste, and to customize the health perks to your needs. For example, if you like how pectin keeps you fuller longer, scoop out the lemon flesh and pulp–pectin is found in cell walls, not just juice.