Lemon, cayenne and ginger have been prized for thousands of years for their pungent flavors and medicinal benefits. Taken together as a drink, the combination is tasty and packs a nutritional punch.
In addition to its high Vitamin C and potassium content, lemon juice is an antioxidant and antimicrobial, and it may even have cancer-fighting properties.
Capsaicin, which gives cayenne its heat and spicy flavor, is also effective against pain. It has been used in Asian medicine to relieve circulatory and digestive problems and to increase appetite.
Ginger is effective against nausea, diarrhea, stomachaches and joint and muscle pain according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Every part of your body requires water to function. Requirements vary, but the Mayo Clinic recommends a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day.
A cool glass of lemon water with cayenne and ginger can hit the spot in the summer. In winter or if you have a cold, consider tea made with the same ingredients.
References and ResourcesNational Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ginger
University of Maryland Medical Center: Cayenne