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I started out with the intention of coming up with a recipe for a homemade version of the store bought energy drinks, but after doing some research and discovering how unhealthy they are for you, I decided instead to try and design a less sugar/caffeine fueled way to help myself through the workday afternoon sleepy slump.

What I landed on was a system of three drinks and some energy boosting ideas that are going a long way to helping me keep my energy up all day long! Here's the good on the drinks:

The Fire Hydrant (left) - 3-4 8oz glasses throughout the day

filtered water
1 slice lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Other than getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to help keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So this drink is just water with a squeezed lemon slice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The lemon not only tastes good, but is also super alkaline* which helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper helps raise energy levels naturally and provides protection for your heart by helping to maintain proper cardiovascular movement throughout the body. Combining this with 4-5 glasses of regular water will bring you up to your recommended 8 glasses of water per day!

*For an explanation of lemons' miraculous transition from acidic outside of the body, to alkaline once ingested, visit this link: http://phbalance.wikispaces.com/Lemons+Alkaline%3F

The Quick Fix (center) - as needed, during the day
(I don't recommend drinking it at night as it might keep you up)

hot water
1 1/2 - 2 tsp honey (to taste)
1 inch of fresh ginger root
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp tumeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and place in your cup or mug.
Use a garlic press to juice the remaining ginger into your mug.
Add both spices and fill your mug with hot water and stir.

This is the closest thing I found to a non-caffeine/refined sugar pick me up! And I find it pretty delicious. Ginger speeds up metabolism and increases circulation. It also aids in the digestive process which can help stave off the post lunch coma that contributes to the afternoon slump. Turmeric, a cousin of ginger, also helps speed things up in the body, including energy levels! And Cardamom has long been valued medicinally for its ability to increase circulation and improve energy. Honey is mother nature's equivalent of an energy shot and is one of the best kinds of sugars for your body.

The Heavy Lifter (right) - 1 glass in the morning

1 ripe banana
1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tbsp almond butter
1 scoop of high quality whey protein powder (low sugar content)
2 washed kale leaves
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

According to Dr. Oz, sixty percent of women don't get enough protein in their diets and that is often the number one reason for fatigue! (http://www.doctoroz.com/media/print/11196) A morning protein shake is a really easy and delicious way to make sure that you're starting the day off well fueled. Pair this with a piece of whole grain toast and you have everything you need to give you a solid energy foundation for the day.

The next steps are energy booster tips that I find, when done along with the drinks, help me keep on keeping on all day long!

 
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I will try these for sure turmeric is suppose to be so good for you.

ritas16 days ago

My grandmother, who was a nurse in WW I, had a very similar mix she kept in her frig and drank every day, it was distilled water, lemon, honey & cayenne pepper.

She lived to be 100 !!

MaggiO7 days ago

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AssiaL9 days ago

This is exactly what I was looking for! I'll try them out and see how it turns out
Thanks

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CallumM18 days ago

Love these! Trying them as we speak :)

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LaurenK120 days ago

These look so good! I will have to try.

Love it!

Light_Lab21 days ago

wellrested and keyguy13 have a wonderful extensive discussion going on about the body's pH and I don't think I should add to that. As a chemist who suffers from hyper-acidity I feel compelled to say there is no truth to the claim that lemons convert to alkaline on ingestion. Reading the reference above I believe this myth stems from the misunderstanding of the expression "weak acid" as applied to citric acid. This is a chemistry expression and refers to the ability of the acid to disassociate and produce hydrogen ions in solution. In no way could a weak acid contribute to alkalinity in a strict chemistry sense.

Nevertheless if you can handle the acidity lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. As part of a balanced diet, lemons and other fruits definitely contribute to health in many ways. Overall Paige's drink recipes appear to be very healthy to me. Good work Paige!

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ned1037 months ago

I just wanted to share this with everyone. I recently found this stuff online and the grocery store that is called True Lemon. It's a little packet, like your typical sugar packet size, that contains real lemon. It's not artificial. There is also True Lime. I mention this because I was think of The Fire Hydrant drink and down in these replies someone asked if you can make them in advance. What if you're at work and all that's available is the 8 ounce cup that you carry with you and the drinking fountain. Well, one of the True Lemon packets is the equivalent of one lemon wedge. So, you can carry these packets and however you would carry the cayenne pepper and then just add water when your ready. Not to mention, if you're like me, I get a little leery of asking for lemon wedges at restaurants. My sister carries a few lemon and lime packets in her purse. When she orders a glass of water or tea, she adds her own lemon or lime. I only mention this because it would make taking this places easy. All you need is water.

Here's the website for the True Lemon packets. All Natural.

http://truelemon.com/

The site can direct you to a local store that sells the stuff or you can buy it online. I would compare prices before you buy from either. For me, online is cheaper. For my sister where she lives, the store is cheaper. You decide.

Sorry for the long post. Great Instructable. I'm looking forward to making these.

Thank you, ned103. What a wonderful tip! I followed the link you provided and discovered that this product is sold in one of our favorite grocery stores near us. I've already added it to our grocery list for the next time we go into town. Thank you. Hoping for you to have happy days!

Grannie,
You are very welcome. I hope that this helps others as well. When I posted it, it started getting lengthy. I was thinking, "These people are going to think I work for True Lemon." LoL But no, I don't. Because of the military I have PTSD and have certain phobias. People touching my food is one of them. Plus with all that you hear of the different bacteria that they find on pre-cut restaurant lemon and lime wedges, I was more than thrilled to learn of these packets and share the info. Again, I'm glad you liked the tip and hope others will too.

God bless
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keyguy13 ned1037 months ago

I love true lime. I put it on popcorn. It's delicious :)

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ned103 keyguy137 months ago
KeyGuy13, That actually sounds good. I'll have to try that and share the idea with my sister. She recently gave me the True Lime in a shaker bottle. That would be perfect for that. Thanks. I like that it's an all natural alternative. The also make drink mixes for the 16oz water bottles. Have you ever tried those. There good. Although honestly I think their a bit strong for 16oz and usually mix them with 20oz or more. Up to 32oz. Any more then the do get watered down.
wellrested7 months ago

Hate to break it to you, but all this about making the body more acidic/basic is total hogwash. You can't really shift the body's pH significantly. While you can alter your urine's pH, it's simply a matter of your body excreting certain ions in order to maintain the pH needed to live. Altering that pH, even a little, would stop certain metabolic processes and kill you rather quickly. That's why they take a urine pH at the hospital after car wrecks, certain diseases, etc., to check for the breakdown of myoglobin or proper kidney functioning. The whole health-benefit thing is just another health scam.

Please see:

http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=1942

http://theness.com/roguesgallery/index.php/science...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkaline_diet

-OR- for a quick fix:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=body+pH+scam

Research, people. It'd be nice to think that you could cure cancer, lose weight, get pregnant/not get pregnant, etc. by having acid or base in your body... but no, changing the body's pH would simply kill you. Though it would absolve your health concerns then, wouldn't it?

~well.rested

I'm not sure if I buy into many of the health claims about alkalizing foods, but if urine tests CAN register very high and low pH levels, doesn't it stand to reason that the body does something in its metabolism that makes it secret high or low levels of pH in the urine, thereby indicating varied pH levels in the body? I know as a diabetic, if my blood glucose goes too high, my blood becomes highly acidic and the urine test indicates I am in keto-acidosis (a very dangerous condition). Is it so hard to believe that there are foods that might produce the opposite effect or a balancing effect? While I don't know how MUCH they might affect our body's pH, certainly they seem to. And while the pH diet's health effects might be anecdotal, they are verifiable. People get healthier when on it. Does it really matter what the mechanism is?

It is true that DKA causes a shift in the blood's pH, but that shift is noticed after a change of .05 and can cause coma at .5; it's also due to a shift in essential components of the homeostatic system that fights to maintain a balanced pH.
The note about people getting healthier is true of many health fads; it's seen in diets that have real evidence and ones that do not. In this instance, I would think it's because the diet does include lots of fresh fruit & veg, not to mention replacing calories from soda, etc. with water.
It might improve your health. But it doesn't shift the body's pH.
Well the thing is, if DKA can shift the blood's pH it stands to reason that other things do too. And if a tiny shift can cause death, then it also stands to reason that a tiny shift can improve health. People have died from having too alkaline blood too. I'm not sure what it's called but i have heard of it. And yes, fresh fruits and vegetables do improve health but my point is, why? The body's systems seem to constantly be shifting it's pH levels. That is part of what homeostasis is. It doesn't seem unreasonable to deduce that certain foods, and chemicals cause the body to adjust more or less. Regardless, thanks for the discussion. It's been interesting.
The thing is, homeostasis means a system balancing itself - working to maintain that constant balance. DKA causes a shift in pH due to a breakdown of an essential chemical process, namely the excretion of excess acetone into the bloodstream. This causes a reaction that shifts the pH. In the case of food, it's simply not possible. It's also worth mentioning that it's not as though a low pH is bad and a high one is good, nor the reverse... any deviation from the norm, about 7.4, is bad.
In regard to homeostasis, much of the damage from DKA is upon the kidneys. This is because they are struggling so hard to get rid of excess positive ions, to flush them out of the system so that the body can return to normal. They simply can't work hard enough (because the body continues to excrete acetone) and will eventually fail. Again, it's the body working to maintain that static pH - working hard enough to destroy itself, that's how important it is.
It is not an unreasonable deduction, but 300+ years of biology proves it to be wrong. It only survives as misinformation because people want it to be true, and because it sounds reasonable to those who have not taken the time to educate themselves in the matter.
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Alex Stadler7 months ago

terrific! I have two comments: could you come up with drinks with a coconut water base and how about ones for men, or non gender-based.

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although mentioned in the instructable as being highly beneficial for woman, there's nothing gender specific about any of them, whey protein is what many male athletes, primarily body builders, use to bulk up. Also yogurt helps rebuild and maintain bacteria vital to digestion
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