Dr. Oz is one of the most well known doctors in America. With more than 6 million fans on facebook he’s arguably the most influential doctor in America. Thankfully he talks about nutrition, whole foods and home remedies. It doesn’t seem like he’s a complete pharmaceutical sellout like many other doctor’s in America.
A few years ago Dr. Oz had his entire audience of women wear bikini’s for the entire show. Quite a commitment on behalf of the attendees.
Dr. Oz recommends a very simple recipe to burn fat at a higher rate. So what is this recipe?
1. Organic Grapefruit Juice
2. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (This brand is best)
3. Raw Honey (Preferably from the farmers market, if not this one works)
(Organic stevia found here works as an alternative low calorie, nutritious sweetener as well)
Instructions From Dr. Oz:
Step 1: Add 1-cup of organic grapefruit juice to a glass. Fresh squeezed/juiced is best.
Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the glass, stir these together.
Step 3: Add 1 tsp of honey and stir in. (This is additional and optional for sweetness and added benefits)
Instructions For Consuming:
Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends drinking this before every meal to help you burn fat faster. This drink is rich in vitamin C (from the grapefruit) which one study found that 30% more fat is burned during moderate exercise with adequate vitamin C levels. In other words, drinking this drink more often will increase your vitamin C levels and help you burn 30% more fat from the same exercise.
Additionally the apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is believed to turn on genes that your body needs to produce fat-burning proteins. This adds more fat burning power.
Adding honey is optional. Raw honey from your local farmers market is rich in minerals, digestive enzymes, acids and vitamins that are very valuable in supporting liver health which plays a role in producing fat burning hormones and optimizing digestive function.
Together the grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar pack a powerful fat burning punch. Doctor Oz recommends drinking this before each meal to give your digestive system the vitamin C, acetic acid and other beneficial nutrients to help your digestive system function in a fat burning way.
Honey may be seen as a fattening sweetener when really it is beneficial if it’s a quality honey. Raw honey (unpasteurized) honey is extremely important because the pasteurization process heats up and kills beneficial bacteria in the honey that helps the microbiome of the human gut. Raw honey contains beneficial bacteria, fiber, minerals, acids, enzymes and other vitamins that benefit digestive health, the liver specifically.
Many people believe in the health benefits of a glass of hot water and lemon juice first thing in the morning.
Before the advent of modern medicine people often had to make do with home remedies to stay healthy. Some of these were weird and wonderful like the notion that wrapping dirty socks around your neck would cure a sore throat. Others, however, were actually quite effective like applying black tea to sunburn. (The tannins soothe the skin, reduce peeling and encourage a healthy tan.)
One of the most enduring home remedies is the lemon and hot water cure. Most people drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water, sometimes adding a teaspoon or two of honey. This is usually done on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
According to The Lemon Juice Diet by Theresa Cheung: “The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eliminate toxins from the body and keep your liver and digestive system healthy. In particular, poor digestion hinders weight loss by stopping the body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fat and by causing a build up of toxins in the bloodstream that slows down metabolism. That’s where lemon juice and peel comes to the rescue. Adding these ingredients to our diet will help to improve our digestive system and encourage our liver to function at its best.”
It is, however, wise to keep in mind that a balanced diet remains the cornerstone of reaching and maintaining one’s ideal weight, says Health24’s Dr Owen Wiese.
Lemons in the kitchen
Lemons probably originated in India and were brought to the West by Roman traders two thousand years ago. The zest of lemon in the kitchen brings out the flavour of just about any food, and we’re all familiar with the slice of lemon served with seafood.
Lemons and limes became famous in the seventeen hundreds when it was found that they cured sailors of scurvy. Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C and became known for causing bleeding gums and loosening teeth among seafarers.
Here are some of the many benefits of lemon juice and hot water:
• It is a digestive aid and helps the body to eliminate toxins.
• A glass of lemon juice and water contains hardly any calories.
• It stimulates your immune system.
• Lemons have an alkalising effect on the body.
• Lemons are a great source of vitamin C which helps the body to build collagen and fight diseases like the common cold.
• They also contain significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and citric acid.
• Lemon juice prevents the growth of bacteria.
• It helps to eliminate uric acid, thereby reducing inflammation and pain in joints.
• Lemon juice helps to strengthen the liver.
• Although it is acidic it can help to relieve heartburn.
• It can help to prevent the formation of wrinkles and acne.
• Lemon juice can help prevent eye problems.
• It can also help the stomach produce digestive juices.
Lemon juice can, however, damage the enamel on teeth. It is therefore better to drink it through a straw and/or rinse your mouth after enjoying a glass of this healthy beverage.
If you’re not entirely convinced of the health benefits of lemon juice and hot water and want scientific proof, read Evaluation of the Phytonutrients and Vitamins Content of Citrus Fruits.
Wherever you are in the world, swimsuit season is never that far away. It is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many women and the cause of much angst.
Dr. Oz has seen and heard this first hand from his audience and that’s why he has created this super simple and incredibly delicious Slimdown Drink that turns our body into a fat-burning mode without moving a single muscle.
Although healthy eating and exercise are always the best way to lose weight long term, this fat-burning Dr. Oz Slimdown Drink can speed up your results. All you’ll need to do is have a glassful before each meal. That’s the beauty of it.
The juice is made from all-natural ingredients. Each have their own research-proven, fat-burning benefits. Combined into one drink, they’re even more powerful.
Before we share the recipe, we thought we would look at the main ingredients Grapefruit, Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey and the numerous benefits they contain.
We have included an infographic above from Health and Love Page that lists 8 excellent benefits of adding honey to water. It has wonderful healing properties and removes toxins from your body. It is a terrific natural remedy. Now, let’s take a look at each ingredient and how it benefits you.
Grapefruit/Orange/Pineapple Juice It’s long been thought that acidic fruits like grapefruit can help burn fat. Who can forget the grapefruit diet? Now more and more research is supporting this theory and it is seen as a credible dietary staple.
The biggest reason isn’t the ability to burn up fat cells, it is more to do with the level of Vitamin C these fruits contain. Dr. Oz says people who had higher vitamin C levels burn 30% more fat than those who have lower levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar Another “fad food” that’s been around for a while, many have long touted the fat-burning benefits of apple cider vinegar. And they’re not wrong: The acid in this particular vinegar can help seratin genes inside your body create more fat-burning proteins.