Happy New Year! Let's kick it off right with a little detox in the form of this quick and easy Lemon Ginger Cayenne Detox Shot
Featuring ingredients known to help detoxify the body and give your metabolism a little boost, it's the perfect addition to your daily routine coming off the holidays.
So, what’s the secret behind this Lemon Ginger Cayenne Detox Shot?
First, it features cayenne pepper, which is known to contain capsicum and capsaicin, like many other chili peppers.
Both of these ingredients stimulate the production of nitric oxide in your body.  And because nitric oxide is a vasodilator that relaxes your blood vessels and increases blood flow throughout your body, it may help to increase the rate at which your liver detoxifies your blood.
But that’s not all. Cayenne pepper is also known to help increase your metabolism.
One study found that when women were given 5 grams of fresh chili pepper, such as cayenne pepper, they experienced an immediate increase in their metabolism by 20 percent that lasted up to 30 minutes. 
Meanwhile, another study measured the effects of dihydrocapsiate, a capsinoid, on the metabolism of 78 people who received varying doses of it over the course of 28 days.
At the end of the study, those who received dihydrocapsiate burned about 50 more calories each day than people in the control group—regardless of the dose! 
In addition to the cayenne, this Lemon Ginger Cayenne Detox Shot also capitalizes on the power of lemon.
According to a 2015 study on women who took part in a lemon detox program, consuming a lemon-focused diet for seven days supports healthy weight management.
The researchers randomly divided 84 premenopausal women into three groups; a control group without dietary restriction, a placebo diet group, and a lemon detox diet group.
They found that the lemon detox diet group experienced significantly greater changes in body weight, BMI, percentage of body fat, and waist-to-hip ratio in comparison to the other two groups. In fact, the lemon detox diet group lost, on average, almost six pounds in seven days! 
As you can see, this Lemon Ginger Cayenne Detox Shot packs a pretty powerful punch! Keep scrolling to get the recipe and try it for yourself.
And to learn more about what else you can do to support your body's detoxification and shed some excess water weight to get a healthy jumpstart this new year, head over to totalhealthapothecary.com to check out my incredible, easy-to-follow 7-day detox program!
Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 3 to 4 ounces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey or agave
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ginger, minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Water, to taste*
*Tip: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water for a milder flavor.
1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk to combine.
2. Transfer to a small cup. Add water as desired and drink the shot immediately.