By Abhijit Tembhekar [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Abhijit Tembhekar [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all heard of the Master Cleanse — a mix of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper — designed to flush out your system and promote weight loss. Well, whether it’s healthy to exist only on that drink is debatable, but the ingredients themselves certainly have their benefits.

Warm water with lemon is one of the healthiest things you can possibly drink. And cayenne pepper gives your metabolism (and your sinuses) a little kick. I started sampling various “spicy lemonade” formulas at NYC juice bars, and found that I felt amazing after drinking these concoctions — usually during the afternoon slump (instead of an unhealthy snack) or as a detox when I felt like I was getting sick.

I decided to create my own, taking hints from other juices I liked — as well as my own wisdom as an armchair naturopath (translation: person who follows health news and is not a doctor). Here’s my cure-all juice that I make to energize, relax, and pump up my immunity:

-Squeeze half a lemon into a water bottle
-Grate about 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ginger (or more) into the bottle
-Sprinkle a pink of cayenne pepper and two pinches or turmeric on top
-Add 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
-Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered or spring water, shake well, and drink throughout the day