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I Drank a “Detox Drink” Every Morning–Here’s What Happened

Is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

I’m a fairly healthy person — I exercise as much as I can, try to eat food that is good for me, and get in my 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with strong immunity against getting sick. I suffer from bouts of IBS and have terrible hormone imbalances that make me fall ill at least once a month. As a result, I’ve found myself obsessing over personal health hacks a little too much.

Why are morning detox drinks a thing?

Detox drinks, when drank on an empty stomach, are meant to flush out your system first thing in the morning. In the case of the lemon, honey and ginger tea, it is meant to cleanse and alkalize the body, and it’s supposedly a great immune system booster too.

The challenge: Drink lemon, honey and ginger tea every morning on an empty stomach

It was pretty simple, I’d wake up and head to the kitchen straight away to put water on the boil. I would slice around a thumb of fresh ginger, add it to a mug along with the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey, topped off with hot water.

The results

After a month of drinking my morning detox drinks every morning on an empty stomach, here’s what happened:

  1. My gut became less inflamed and I wasn’t as sensitive to certain foods as I normally was. As an IBS sufferer, flare-ups happen at least once a month. I noticed that it didn’t rear its ugly head during the month of the experiment, and most likely, it was because of the ginger.
  2. I generally felt healthier and went most of the month without feeling sick. Hooray! I also started taking cold showers and doing exercise every morning for at least 10 minutes, so it may well be a combination of all those things put together.

Conclusion: Drinking a detox drink every morning might have health benefits

I couldn’t tell you that this is a magical cure to all that ails you, and there is certainly limited scientific evidence out there in support of detoxing your body in the morning with such drinks.

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