There was a time when drinking water and cayenne pepper was considered the ultimate weight-loss detox. It involved drinking lemon water that was sweetened with honey and then spiced up a little by cayenne pepper. The idea was to drink just this for ten days but of course you should take it a little slower than this. There are some great benefits to the lemon water and cayenne pepper detox and here they are. ( video recipe at the end of the article)
Lemons are filled with vitamin C; a great immunity booster. Cayenne peppers themselves contain capsaicin, another immunity booster. A study from 1998 showed that feeding mice, capsaicin made their immune systems much more effective than the mice that weren’t.
2. Stimulates the Liver
All the different vitamins and minerals in lemons and cayenne pepper stimulate your liver and give it the nutrients that it needs to detox and remove harmful substances such as all the sugar and alcohol still in your system.
3. Aids Digestion
Cayenne pepper stimulates your digestive system and intestines. This can soothe problems such as gas, calms your stomach, and helps treat other digestive issues. Lemon is also great for stimulating the digestive system and balancing the pH levels in your body. Lemon water is great for heartburn and acid reflux.
4. Fights Bacteria
Both cayenne and lemon water help your body fight bacteria. They are so powerful that they are often used as antibacterial cleaners. Lemon water and cayenne can stop you from getting sick in the first place. If you do get an infection then the combination helps alleviate the symptoms of your illness and speeds up your recovery.
5. Improves Blood Pressure
Cayenne is a natural stimulant for the circulatory system. This means that it reduces blood pressure and can even control heart problems to reduce the risks of major conditions like heart disease/attacks. Cayenne also strengthens your blood vessels so blood flows freely through your body and cholesterol levels are kept low and manageable.
6. Fights Cravings
Lemon is a powerful appetite suppressant which reduces how much you crave sugar during the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolism booster so it burns through fat to further supress your appetite. This combination works great for losing weight and staying at your new, healthier, weight by preventing overeating.
7. Fights Cancer
Lemon water and cayenne pepper has plenty of short-term benefits but it also comes with some long-term benefits. A study from 1998 shows that the capsaicin in cayenne peppers has 22 anticancer properties. Some studies have suggested that cayenne peppers reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.
While you can’t drop all your weight in a matter of days with the lemon water and cayenne pepper detox, and it’s dangerous to only drink for 10 days straight, there are still plenty of health benefits to drinking this great mix. It keeps you healthy, helps you safely lose weight. So pick up some lemon water, cayenne peppers, and mix them together to feel these benefits for yourself.