It is essential to ring in a healthy start to the day; whatever you may have had for dinner the previous night. Remember that in an ideal scenario (also advisable) your stomach would have been empty for at least 12 hours. Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day, but it is certainly not advisable to have a full meal just after you wake up. Your internal organs need time to wake up and kick start and function after a long night. You should consume breakfast at least 2 hours after waking up. Begin with a drink…a healthy juice.
Lemon juice with warm water and a dash of honey has to be your early morning elixir. What does it do? Flush out all the toxins of the previous day via a healthy bowel movement. How good does that sound? In the mood for something a little fancier? Brew a wicked ginger tea. Boil the ginger root in hot water for about 5-10 minutes. Add a dash of lemon and honey. Ginger tea is packed with potassium, magnesium, copper, Vitamin C, and B6. There are just unlimited benefits of ginger for our body; allow us to name a few.
- It boosts metabolism; as mentioned earlier, by increasing thermogenesis or production of heat in the body by breaking down fat.
- It helps manage blood sugar as it helps thwart oxidative stress (imbalances due to excess free radicals in body cells due to metabolism)
- It can help manage blood pressure and support health by preventing blood clots, relieving heartburn, and lowering cholesterol.
- It helps in relieving pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Here is a pro-tip- Grind well-cleaned and peeled ginger into pulp with a little water add a dash of lemon and salt and store it in a clean jar in your fridge. Take a couple of spoons every morning mix in hot water and gulp it down!
Bored with Ginger? Try Aloe vera juice. Cut off chunky portions of the aloe vera leaf- scoop out the pulp and blend it in well with water. Consume. Aloe vera also has anti-inflammatory properties and also actively helps in digestion. A bonus- it restores the shine in your skin and hair!
Fennel, Mint, and Cinnamon are all active agents of busting stomach-related issues, indigestion, helping relieve muscle cramps, etc. They help detoxify the system, restore balance in the digestive tract and promote weight loss.
What is an ideal breakfast diet?
Follow a simple routine- the direction of the sun. The sun just about gets ready for a long day ahead early in the morning, as does your digestive system. It blazes between 12 and 2 and hence that’s when your metabolism is the highest. Breakfast which is usually consumed between say 9 and 10 am needs to be a cooked light meal, combine it with soaked dry fruits and nuts, a little bit of dairy say milk or cheese and fruit. Reserve heavy and complex carbohydrates for an early lunch. Never forget to start your day with healthy juice. Now mix, and match your juice but do not skip drinking one!