Health tonics are growing in popularity—made from all-natural ingredients like herbs and spices, these beverages can help your body in a variety of ways, from weight loss and digestion to inflammation.
These drinks typically have a base in alternative medicine and can include ingredients like ginger and turmeric that have numerous health benefits for the body. Tonics aren’t supposed to be a quick fix, but rather a healthy addition to your diet. Below are some DIY tonics to whip up in your own kitchen for a healthy kick-start to your day.
Turmeric is very healthy and is surging in popularity recently; historically, it has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures. Turmeric contains curcumin which is has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good supplement for people suffering from arthritis and joint problems. The spice also contains a good amount of antioxidants, iron, fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/4 fresh lemon
- 1-inch piece fresh turmeric root
- pinch of black pepper
Instructions: Juice carrot, lemon, and turmeric together. Mix in black pepper and drink immediately.
Homemade Ginger Lemon Tonic
There are numerous health benefits associated with ginger; it has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, alleviate nausea and motion sickness, and is a natural option to treat colds.
- 3 cups warm filtered water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional for a kick of spice)
Instructions: Blend all ingredients on high for about 30 seconds until combined. Drink immediately.
Garlic Ginger Tonic
A number of studies suggest that garlic may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially ones of the digestive tract.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small chunks ginger, grated
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon honey
Instructions: Stir ingredients into a cup of hot water and let steep for five minutes before drinking.