Drink This DIY Tonic to Help Keep Your Metabolism in Check

November 3, 2016
by Nicole Gulotta for Thrive Market

You might be one of those people who bolts out of bed in the morning, ready to take on the day. Or, perhaps your energy peaks mid-morning after a slow rise. And we’re guessing you’re not immune to the dreaded afternoon slump following a long, relaxing lunch. What do all of these experiences have in common? Your metabolism.

This chemical process allows your body to convert what you eat and drink into energy. If you imagine your body as a train, metabolism is the engine that keeps it going.

It’s a complex biochemical process involving the calories from food combining with oxygen to release the energy your body needs. Even when your head hits the pillow at night, your metabolism is still running, providing energy for everything from blood circulation to breathing.

This easy-to-make tonic is a tasty way to give yourself an energy boost. Apple cider vinegar may help support a healthy metabolism and weight by balancing acidity levels in the body, and reducing the speed at which glucose enters your blood. A squeeze of raw honey provides a dose of amino acids and minerals, and cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels.

Store in a bottle or pitcher with a lid in the fridge, and take shots throughout the week whenever you’re feeling sluggish.

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Healthy Metabolism Tonic

Ingredients

2 teaspoons raw honey
Juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 cups water

Instructions

Stir together the honey, lemon juice, cayenne, and cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl until the honey is dissolved. Add in the water. Transfer to a large bottle or pitcher and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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