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Our morning elixir: Cayenne pepper, Celtic salt, and lemon water

Starting our day with a glass of warm water infused with cayenne pepper, Celtic salt, and fresh lemon juice may not sound like the most thirst-quenching beverage, but it’s a morning elixir for H and I that kickstarts our day. In this blog post, I’ll explore the reasons why we drink this simple concoction and why we think it’s worth considering.

Boosts metabolism and aids weight management

Cayenne pepper is known for its active compound, capsaicin, which can help increase metabolism by raising your body’s core temperature. This boost in metabolism may support weight management efforts by enhancing calorie burning if you’re working out as much as me and H. Additionally, cayenne pepper can help curb appetite, making it slightly easier to resist snacking.

Supports digestive health

Lemon juice, when combined with water, helps stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy bowel movements. It can also aid in the production of stomach acids, which can improve digestion. Meanwhile, Celtic salt contains essential minerals that support overall digestive health, making this elixir a potential remedy for indigestion and bloating.

Provides a Vitamin C boost

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, helps the body absorb iron from food, and promotes healthy skin. Starting your day with lemon water can give you a refreshing dose of this essential nutrient.

Balances pH levels

While lemon juice is acidic in nature, it has an alkalizing effect on the body once metabolized. Maintaining a balanced pH level is crucial for overall health and can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Hydrates and energizes

Drinking a glass of water with these ingredients in the morning helps kickstart your hydration for the day. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining energy levels, improving cognitive function, and supporting overall well-being.

Detoxifies the body

Cayenne pepper has detoxifying properties that can help cleanse the liver and improve blood circulation. Lemon water, too, aids the liver in flushing out toxins. This morning elixir can be a gentle yet effective way to support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

Alleviates sore throats

The combination of cayenne pepper and lemon can be soothing for a sore throat. The warmth of the water, along with the antibacterial properties of lemon and the pain-relieving properties of cayenne, can provide relief when you’re under the weather.

How to prepare your morning elixir

Creating this revitalizing elixir is easy:


  • 1 glass of warm (not boiling) water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Celtic salt
  • Juice of two lemons


  1. Add the lemon juice to the water. Must be fresh lemon juice. We usually juice 10 packs of lemons per week and add to glass bottles which we keep in the fridge for ease of use mid-week.
  2. Add cayenne pepper and Celtic salt.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Drink it up. It will tingle, but will leave you feeling energized.

While the combination of cayenne pepper, Celtic salt, and lemon water may not be everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended), it definitely gives us benefits. As with any dietary change, it’s essential to listen to your body and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or medical conditions. Cheers to a healthier morning ritual!


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering diversity, self-care, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and four-year-old Cyrus.

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