The 5 Best Morning Cleanses
Most of us have some sort of morning ritual, whether we are mindful of it or not. For some of us, our morning routine is sacred. The combination of things that we do right after waking up greatly contributes to how we feel and perform for the rest of the day. So, why not set yourself up for success from the get-go? If your morning practice doesn’t begin with a morning cleanse, it might be time to consider an addition to your A.M. routine.
The Benefits of a Morning Cleanse
Here’s the tough truth; we are living in toxic times. Environmental toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the products we use. Our bodies are regularly exposed to heavy metals, all sorts of industrial chemicals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, and EMFs. To say that our natural detoxifying systems are overworked is an understatement.
Our liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, gastrointestinal tract, and skin are responsible for ridding the body of toxic build-up and helping to maintain homeostasis. However, we cannot expect them to do their jobs proficiently without our continual support. By this, we mean supplying the body with chemical-free, nutrient-dense, and easy-to-digest food, plenty of clean water, sufficient sleep, and a limited stress environment.
When you wake up in the morning, your stomach is empty from fasting overnight and you are likely a bit dehydrated. These are the perfect conditions for a morning cleanse.
A morning cleanse involves drinking a special detox drink that can help to:
- flush out toxins
- stimulate digestion
- reduce inflammation
- balance pH
- increase energy
- improve mood
- support the immune system
- boost metabolism
- add a little extra glow to your complexation
The beauty of the morning detox drink is there are all different recipes, and they are easy to make at home.
5 Best Morning Cleanses
Whether you love ginger or hate celery, there is a perfect cleansing morning drink for you! Here are five that we love.
Vitality Drink + Herbal Cleansing Tea
As part of the Polarity Diet, a cleansing diet designed to clear the body of toxins and restore the natural flow of life energy, a delicious vitality drink and herbal cleansing tea are consumed first thing in the morning. According to the practice of Polarity, the root cause of any pain or disease comes from an imbalance in the flow of energy (also known as chi or prana). Diet is an integral part of restoring balance, and these two cleansing drinks are part of the program.
Vitality Drink (also known as Liver Flush) Recipe
- 3-4 tablespoons of pure, cold-pressed almond, olive, or sesame oil
- Twice the amount (6-8 tablespoons) of fresh lemon juice
- 3-6 cloves of garlic
- The juice of an orange or grapefruit
- Add ginger and/or cayenne (this is optional, and you can add as much or as little as you would like)
- Blend or shake the mixture, and drink
Herbal Cleansing Tea Recipe
- Right after you finish the liver flush, drink one or two cups of this homemade tea
- To make the tea, mix equal parts
- Licorice root
- Anise or fennel seed
- Steep in hot water and enjoy
You should avoid eating solid foods for several hours after this morning cleanse. You can, however, drink as much water, herbal tea, or fresh juice as you would like in the meantime.
Light Harmonics Green Liver Drink
Dr. Linda Lancaster, founder of the Light Harmonics Institute and author of Harmonic Healing, shares in a recent podcast episode of Your Health. Your Story, the importance of the liver, and one simple way we can each support our livers daily. This vital organ plays an invaluable role in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, detoxifying the body, and even processing emotions and thoughts. Dr. Lancaster goes on to explain that most of our livers are “weak, congested, and overworked.”
In her book and podcast, she details her Harmonic Healing Liver Cleansing program, which includes a green liver drink that she recommends drinking first thing in the morning to gently flush the liver and gallbladder.
Dr. Lancaster’s Green Liver Drink Recipe
- ½ cucumber
- 2 to 3 celery stalks
- 1 green apple
- ½ cup parsley
- Blend everything together and drink
Medical Medium’s Celery Juice
Anthony William, the New York Times bestselling author and the man behind Medical Medium, is the originator of the global celery juice movement. He found that “celery juice’s undiscovered subgroups of sodium protect the liver’s cell membranes and inhibit the growth of viruses, bacteria, and fungus.” And that “celery restores the liver’s bile production capability as well as the potency and complicated structure of bile. Its salt clusters bind onto free-floating poisons and toxins inside the liver and flush them into the bloodstream, remaining bonded so that the troublemakers leave the kidneys and intestinal tract safely.” Celery juice is also very rich in vitamin C.
To make this refreshing single-ingredient green juice part of your morning routine, simply juice one bunch of celery and make it your first drink of the day. One bunch should produce about 16 ounces of juice. Wait about fifteen minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
Warm Lemon Water Morning Cleanse
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, calcium, and limonene. They are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat and have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons have long been linked to supporting digestion, the immune system, and liver cleanses. This simple addition to your morning ritual is not only cleansing but also energizing.
As soon as you wake up in the morning, squeeze a half or whole lemon into an 8-ounce glass of warm or room temperature purified water. After drinking this simple and delightful detox drink, wait at least 10 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Additionally, you can add ¼ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt to your warm lemon water to help balance your potassium and sodium levels, which are important for neurological, cardiovascular, cellular, and muscular health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Morning Cleanses
Should I Do a Morning Cleanse Every Day?
Morning cleanses like Dr. Lancaster’s green liver drink, pure celery juice, and warm lemon water are gentle cleansers. Any of the above five best morning cleanses can be prepared and enjoyed daily or used temporarily as part of a detox diet plan. Your morning ritual is unique to you, and whether you decide to include a morning cleanse as the first action of your day is entirely up to you. If you are unsure, try a morning cleanse for two weeks or a month and see how you feel.
What Is the Best Detox Morning Drink?
There is no single best morning detox drink. The reason for this is there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a morning cleanse and health in general. The best detox drink for you is that one that you enjoy drinking and feel the benefits. As you’ve likely noticed from the above recipes, certain ingredients are known for their detoxifying properties, such as lemon, ginger, celery, and cold-pressed olive oil. The key to a cleansing morning drink is to make sure it includes natural, high-quality ingredients that support your body’s natural detoxifying processes.
How Do I Know If I Need to Detox?
While a morning cleanse isn’t considered a full detox, it is a great place to start. Symptoms like chronic fatigue, brain fog, gut problems, skin issues, disrupted sleep patterns, and even allergies can be an indication that a detox could be beneficial. For more tell-tale signs that you need a detox and what you can do about it, check out Innovative Medicine’s collection of detox-related materials.
Drink to Your Health
Your morning ritual should be sacred. Whether you have 10 minutes or two hours to dedicate to yourself, the way you start your day undoubtedly has a direct impact on the rest of your day and your overall health. Something as simple as sipping a warm lemon water or pure celery juice first thing in the A.M. can have profound benefits when practiced regularly. So, let’s raise a glass and cheers this morning to a healthier and happier today, tomorrow, and beyond.
Disclaimer: The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products or treatments mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a licensed medical practitioner for medical advice.
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