The 3 Liquids I Won’t Leave My House Without
I didn’t used to believe in having a morning routine, then I got sick. My skin, energy + stomach tanked + I needed structure to keep up with all of the things that I was doing to get better.
I created a skin care routine using MD Complete Skin products + my Clarisonic. I started sleeping with my phone in the other room + giving myself a little bit of extra time in the morning to wake up naturally. I also started drinking the same three liquids every morning for the last year.
I travel with these items, I find them if I can’t travel with them, + I make sure I am always stocked up in my home.
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Warm Lemon Water with a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Organic Celery Juice
My morning routine isn’t complete without these three on an empty stomach!
Why Aloe Vera Juice?
Think about it, you already know this plant possesses topical healing properties, imagine what it does for your insides. It can lower cholesterol, blood sugar, increase hair growth, boost production of new skin cells + fights cancer. If I haven’t convinced you yet… there is more! None of those reasons were why I started taking Aloe Vera Juice, I started drinking 4-6oz daily because I was constipated. Yes, extremely backed up. Aloe Vera Juice lubricates your colon, which helps me keep things moving + stay regular. It also is an anti-inflammatory + if you’ve been backed up, you’re inflamed. It also detoxes the body + boosts your immune system in the process.
Pick it up at your local Trader Joe’s or Walmart, a gallon costs about $7!
Why Warm Lemon Water with a splash of AVC?
Warm, not hot, you’ll kill the enzymes in the lemon!
Lemons have high amounts of phytonutrients, vitamin C + fiber all of which are need to support a healthy gut! We all know vitamin C boosts your immune system but did you know 75% of your immune system is housed… in your gut?! Vitamin C also works as an antimicrobial to bring balance to your microbiome. Fiber also keeps the bacteria in balance + encourages growth of the good gut bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar can have anti-yeast, anti-fungal + antiviral benefits — buh bye C+ida & SIBO. It has a natural antihistamine effect which can reduce allergy + chronic immune symptoms, but make sure it contains the “mother,” kombucha’s “scoby” has similar properties. AVC also reduces heartburn, acid reflux + overall digestion stress by helping you break down food + increase acid production when you have low stomach acid.
Why Organic Celery Juice?
Organic because celery is on the Dirty Dozen, a list of the top foods that contain the most pesticide residue. This is something I consume daily so choosing an organic option is important. Celery juice along with Aloe Vera lowers cholesterol, helps protect the liver, has weight loss benefits, + lowers the risk of cancer.
Again, the main reasons I started making + drinking celery juice daily is to increase my HCL, hydrochloric acid, to break down my food + prevent SIBO. It also helps to prevent ulcers [which I have had, + if you’re stressed AF, you’re at risk], helps to lower inflammation in the gut, + contains anti-microbial properties that fight infections.
Here’s the thing, you can’t really buy straight celery juice, it only keeps for 4-5 days + juicers are a pain in the butt to clean [I’ve never even unboxed mine, sorry Mom]. So twice a week I use my Vitamix [you can use another powerful blender], wash + chop up two bundles of celery, add 2-3 cups of water, + blend till smooth. Don’t go drinking chunky, pulpy celery juice guys, I then use a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth) to strain pulp out.
I’ve been doing this for a year + I’ve noticed a huge difference in my gut, my skin + my overall health. Do you need all three?! Probably not… but if you’re not experiencing things like constipation, cystic acne, weak immune system or trouble losing weight I would pick one or two of the three [Aloe Vera + Warm Lemon Water are going to be the easiest]!
If you’re like me, struggling with #paulthethings + desperate to find a solution, make the investment + take the time to do all three for a few months!
— Alex Mazzurco [@almazzurco]