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Start Your Day With A Glass Of Cayenne Pepper Water

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Posted on Feb 26, 2019, 11 p.m.

Cayenne pepper originates from dry pods of the red chili pepper capsicum; this dark red powder is used as a medicinal herb as well as cooking spice, it stimulates the chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin and mucous membranes and can take some time to get used to its heat.

Around the globe the dark spicy red fragrant powder has been used for centuries due to its culinary appeal and as a medicinal agent to help heal ulcers, strengthen the heart, improve metabolism, the circulatory system, assist in eliminating plaque from the arteries, and stimulate peristaltic action in the intestines.

Cayenne pepper is full of vitamin A needed for eyesight, one tablespoon contains 44% of the daily requirements for vitamin A; 7% of vitamin C, and 8% of vitamin E requirements. Cayenne pepper is also rich in flavonoids that offer abundant antioxidant action that can protect cells from free radical damage. Its colour comes from beta carotene which helps the immune system by fighting free radicals, and may also help to protect against stomach cancer.

In a 2012 study subjects added capsaicinoids to their diets who were then observed to burn more calories per day, eat less than normal, and have less belly fat; it was surmised the heat from capsaicin caused a boost in metabolism to help burn fat while increasing amounts of expended energy.

Water is the primary element of life and crucial for many body processes such as flushing out toxins, maintaining temperature, lubricating joints, nourishing cells, and aiding in digestion. It is suggested that men should drink 13 cups of water per day, and women should drink at least 9, however specific needs could require more.

Cayenne pepper added to water for a portion of the day may help to ensure that you are getting the fluids that the body needs by providing a flavour boost. It is best taken in 2-3 ounces of warm water, starting slowly with an eight to a quarter of a teaspoon and gradually build up; simply pour hot water over the cayenne pepper and let it steep for a minute before drinking.

As a word of caution too much cayenne pepper may irritate the stomach, cause abdominal pain, and interact with certain medications, as such it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider to make sure it is best for you and avoid any potential complications.

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