Ayurveda considers the gut an important pathway to overall wellness and of course glowing skin. While Ayurveda loves fruit to optimize your digestion, you should eat it in the morning after your first glass of warm water to awaken the digestive fire.
An elixir is often considered a magical potion for me with it being a tasty, amazing way to cleanse and nourish my system. I like my sweets so the pineapple and orange make this a flavourful way to consume health and goodness.
This recipe calls for warm water so I recommend boiling water first and letting it cool slightly so you can enjoy this drink warm. Boiled water is believed to be easier to digest in Ayurveda and through the boiling process it is believed to gain a quality called “sukshma” (which means penetrating), enabling it to be easily absorbed into the body. As a recent convert to warm drinks, once you start, you can’t stop because it’s as though you can feel it traveling through your body and giving it a gentle hug.
GOLDEN GINGER ELIXIR
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 orange, peel removed
1 lemon or lime, peel removed
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp fresh ginger chopped (use less if the flavour is too strong)
3 cups of hot water*
Add a pinch of black pepper to help with turmeric absorption
A pinch of cayenne pepper for a healthy kick and to help with detox (not recommended those for with heat related health issues such as reflux)
Boil water and let cool until warm. *Be careful- if you add the boiling water directly, it may cause the top of your blender to blow off. Let it come to a hot/warm temperature.
Place all ingredients into a high powered mixer.
Enjoy 1/2 a cup in the morning on an empty stomach followed with your breakfast an hour later, giving time for this elixir to work its magic!
This can be stored in the fridge to enjoy the following morning, just add hot water to warm it up and enjoy!