Swear by your morning coffee when getting ready in the morning? We hear you, but if you’re looking to fight off the winter blues while taking care of your skin, give this supertonic a try - you might just see a difference!
OK, convince me: why tonics?
We know how important hydration is to skin’s continued health (Healthy habits: why healthy hydration is good for your skin), but what about our body as a whole? Good hydration has been linked to the establishment of a healthy sleep cycle, good digestion, stable energy levels and better mental clarity, to name just a few benefits - but most of us still aren’t drinking enough of it.
Restoring our bodies’ water levels is even more important first thing in the morning, when we wake up feeling dehydrated after eight hours’ sleep. But instead of reaching for your morning dose of caffeine - plus cream and/or sugar - to get you on your feet first thing, a tonic could be just the ticket. Perfect if you’re not a fan of strong coffees or teas, tonics are great for kick-starting your digestive system ahead of a busy day. Below are three of our favourites.
The classic: lemon water
Lemon water is perfect for helping to wake your stomach up in the morning - particularly if you’re not a fan of breakfast. Nutritionist Raphaël Gruman recommends starting the day with this detoxifying tonic (The importance of a healthy breakfast: starting your day off right) to get your digestive juices flowing - no more heading to work on an empty stomach.
The digestivator: lemon and turmeric
If you often suffer from stomach pain linked to poor digestion, turmeric is your new best friend. A couple of spoonfuls of this exotic-smelling spice and a twist of lemon water twice a day can help improve your colon function, reducing bloating while boosting your immune system. Warning: this baby can seriously stain your teeth over time, so drink through a straw and rinse your mouth out after.
The flu-fighter: honey and ginger
Feeling the first signs of a cold coming on? Reach for this soothing (and majorly tasty) tonic! Noted for its antibacterial properties, honey is great for sore or blocked throats - after all, there’s a reason it’s the only food that doesn’t spoil. Meanwhile, ginger is known to help with nausea and stomach pain, as well as symptoms of asthma and/or recurring coughs.