What do you start your day with? – most of the time I start it with a double espresso followed by a breakfast. A few times a year I realise that the amount of coffee I drink has gone up from having one in the morning…to 2 or 3 in the afternoon. That’s when I’ll cut out caffeine for a few weeks.
My substitution is the following recipe
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 5-8 g fresh ginger root
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3-5 ice cubes
- Put it all in the nutribullet and mix for 30-40 sec
- Drink it as a shot!
If you want a healthy kickstarter to your day try this spicy shot out.
Warning!! It’s F***ing hot!
The sensation is not the same as having a nice cup of coffee but it sure wakes you up! I feel like I can take on anything, like it gives me super powers as the hulk or I can smash a wall with my head.
<<< warning!! don’t smash your head into a wall, there is no scientific prove you can break the wall >>>
Just saying it gives me a epic rush – out of my personal experience 😉 On the other hand, there are some health benefits of cayenne pepper and ginger that are scientifically proven. The active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin. It also gives them their hot taste. In fact, how hot a cayenne pepper is depends on its capsaicin content. The more capsaicin it contains, the hotter it is.
1. May boost your metabolism
It makes you burn more calories per day by the increase of heat your body produces after consuming capsaicin
through a process called diet induced thermogenesis which raises your metabolism. But while capsaicin boosts your metabolism, the overall effect is small. People who used it regularly, built up a tolerance and didn’t keep the same benefits, as their body adapt to the effects.
2. May aid digestive health
The active components may provide many benefits for your stomach. It can help boost the stomach’s defense against infections, increase digestive fluid production and help deliver enzymes to the stomach, aiding digestion. It does this by stimulating nerves in the stomach that signal for protection against injury. We used to believe that spicy food could cause stomach ulcers, a study shows that the capsaicin in cayenne peppers may help to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers
3. Can help reduce hunger
How this happens is not completely clear, but one study shows that it reduces the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin
Benefits of ginger
The health effects of ginger are well known.
- It can treat a wide range of diseases via immunonutrition and anti-inflammatory responses.
- The anti-inflammatory effect of ginger, can reduce muscle pain after intense physical activity.
- The anticancer potential of ginger is well documented and its functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols are the valuable ingredients which can prevent various cancers
- It improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus, and gastrointestinal health.
By: Carmen Bosmans, Performance Coach and Head of The Nutrition Program