I've been thinking a lot about the ways that I cut costs to make our home a healthier place for my family and have to admit that I've had a difficult time figuring out what to blog about first. So in the meantime, here is an inexpensive, healthy way to start your day.
Every morning I drink a warm water/lemon/cayenne pepper/apple cider vinegar concoction. I know, it sounds weird and icky, but it truly isn't. If you are thinking this is NOT something you want to drink, start with just the warm water and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Remember to drink it with a straw so the lemon doesn't sit on your teeth. Believe it or not, it is really good for you. The lemon alkalizes your body ( I know, it seems like it would be acidic, but it isn't) and aids in digestion.
If you are brave enough to try the cayenne pepper, start with just a teeny bit. You'll find that the longer you drink it, the more you tolerate the heat and you can start adding more. There are lots of health benefits from cayenne pepper, including helping regulate blood sugar and aiding in digestion. I'm sure you understand what I am talking about when I say that this concoction gets things moving in the morning. :-)
Most people think that drinking apple cider vinegar is just nasty. I understand. It is definitely different. I promise, though, if you start by just adding a little bit and gradually increase it to maybe a tablespoon or so, you'll have a better chance of not hating it. By the way, the healthy goodness of raw apple cider vinegar is well known and documented. Check it out for yourself. I always buy Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar because it's made from organic apples (non-organic apples are full of pesticides!) and it isn't filtered, so it has all of the "stuff" from the apples. They call it The Mother. I don't know why.
So there...healthy habit #1. I begin every single day with this drink and have for quite a while. Sometimes in the summer I change it up a bit and leave out the cayenne pepper, add fresh mint leaves, and drink it over ice on a hot day. So good! Let me know if you try it.