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A glass of lemon water at room temperature has been a morning ritual for me for years. I don’t know why I got into this habit, but it’s something I can’t start my day without. I’m so addicted that when I travel I take a bottle of Minute Maid 100% Lemon Juice with me. On the day of travel, I pack it frozen in a checked bag. Arrived at my destination, I store it in the mini-fridge and enjoy my elixir mixed in a bottle of water before breakfast.

At home, I use fresh fruit. I don’t like to deal with pesky seeds after squeezing the juice, so my obsession led me to seedless lemons. I found out that not all seedless lemons are created equal. Wonderful brand lemons were a game changer for me. Unlike other brands, they have a thin skin, which makes them super easy to squeeze into my glass of water, and I haven’t found a seed yet.

To justify this obsession with lemon water in the morning, I did a little research on its benefits. The internet is full of justifications: lemon water hydrates, stimulates the digestive system and promotes elimination, and provides a dose of vitamin C. Considering that I try to get the recommended 64 ounces of water per day, which can be boring, a squeeze of lemon makes it less difficult. And, ultimately, it just tastes good.

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Lemon juice is also one of the ingredients in “feel good pics,” something I learned while researching a story on food trends. Turmeric and ginger are the other main ingredients with a pinch of black pepper in many wellness plans. I asked Monika Celly, owner of Polka Dots and Curry, who is a health and wellness coach who practices Ayurvedic medicine, about this drink.

“Yes, I take this drink first thing in the morning,” she said. “I use a cup of warm water, a few drops of fresh lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper to increase the absorption of turmeric. It is a common drink in many many Indian homes, especially now during COVID.

She told me about another turmeric drink she uses at bedtime.

“It’s the same,” she said. “It’s a cup of any type of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, and a pinch of cinnamon to mask the flavor of turmeric for those new to this drink. Do- boil them together and drink them hot. Add sugar if desired. I avoid sugar because it causes inflammation and turmeric is anti-inflammatory – so sugar negates the effect of turmeric inside the body.

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She explained some of the benefits of turmeric.

“This powerful spice has far more benefits than just being an important ingredient for making curries,” she said. “Curcumin, an active compound in turmeric, is believed to have a wide range of biological effects, such as being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-cancer.”

She uses fresh turmeric root.

“I get the fresh turmeric root at Whole Foods Market,” she said. “They usually have them. Or I buy organic turmeric powder from Amazon, Whole Foods or any grocery store. It is available in small jars in the spice section of local stores. Be careful using it. It dyes everything it touches bright yellow, even your hands. Use rubber gloves.

She also enjoys making ginger tea, which she explained has a long list of health benefits.

For tea, she boils 2 cups of water with an inch of freshly sliced ​​ginger root. She simmers it over medium heat for five minutes. Then she strains it and adds a few drops of fresh lemon juice and honey for flavor.

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She gave the following health benefits of ginger:

Facilitates digestion.


Calms nausea.

Relieves joint pain.

Relieves menstrual pain.

Helps regain appetite.

Soothes sore muscles.

Rich in antioxidants.

Fights germs.

Natural remedy for the common cold.

Keeps the oral cavity healthy.

“I personally use fresh ginger instead of powdered ginger,” she said. Powdered ginger loses potency over time. Just peel organic ginger to make ginger tea.

I tried Celly’s wellness recipes (pardon me…) and loved them. Although they don’t replace my simple morning glass of lemon water, I will definitely make them again.

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