The water contamination situation in Havelock North has highlighted the importance of having a strong immune system as this can assist with a faster recovery. This recipe is super healthy and is my favourite citrus and honey drink. At home we have quite a lot of fruit falling off our lemon and grapefruit trees and I don’t like to see any wasted, so at this time of the year I start to freeze the base of the drink, this also makes it a lot faster to prepare when rushing in the morning. *If you have a gastro bug take the cayenne pepper out and make the drink very weak at first.
These ingredients have also been known to kick start the metabolism whilst helping the digestive system and here’s how:
Lemons are known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes and the secretion of gastric juices, they are packed with antioxidants and electrolytes so will also help neutralise the body’s pH by making it more alkaline.
Ginger also has a variety of vitamins and minerals and is great at settling the stomach as it’s anti-inflammatory and reduces nausea.
Cayenne pepper also aids in digestion while regulating blood sugar and increasing the temperature of your body which stimulates the metabolism.
Grapefruit promotes heart health due to the powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline.
Raw Manuka Honey – one of the most healing substances on earth- the list is almost endless as to its health benefits. Recent studies have found that it can even kill MRSA and other super-bug bacteria!
Immunity Boosting Citrus Drink (best taken in the morning before food)
2 Grapefruit squeezed
11g Ginger grated
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, more if you like it extra hot
2 cups Filtered Water (I use a Bio 500 bench top filter)
1 heaped tsp Earthbound Raw Manuka Honey
Boil 1 cup of water and pour into a Pyrex measuring jug or similar, add the grated ginger and cayenne pepper and let sit for an hour then strain to remove pieces.
Add the rest of the water and the squeezed grapefruit and lemon. Stir to combine and pour into ice cube trays.
Once frozen and you’re ready for a delicious healthy drink.
Boil a mug of water and add a heaped teaspoon of Raw Manuka Honey, stir to dissolve then add two frozen cubes and keep stirring until ready … Yummmm – Triona