Garlic Ginger Lemon Drink

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


  • 1–3 medium to large garlic cloves
  • Ginger root (same size as garlic cloves)
  • ½ large organic lemon or 1 small organic lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper powder


  1. Grate garlic cloves and ginger root into a cup.
  2. Add lemon juice and warm water.
  3. Stir in cayenne pepper powder, to taste or sensitivity.

Drink while still warm.

Option: All ingredients can be put in a small blender and blend.

Note: This drink is best enjoyed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

Garlic Ginger Lemon DrinkGinger has long been used to cure digestive ills from tummy aches to severe morning sickness; ginger is a powerful natural cure for nausea. Research shows that ginger can help stimulate the stomach to release contents into the small intestine. Ginger also helps to relax the smooth muscle of the digestive tract and encourage food to keep moving, reducing bloating, constipation, and other digestive ills.

Efficient movement of food through the digestive tract is vital to good health. When food gets stuck somewhere in the process, it can begin to ferment, rot, or even turn into a life-threatening obstruction. Less immediately dangerous, inefficient digestion can prevent proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients, leading to deficiencies. By stimulating healthy digestion, ginger can help improve your ability to absorb nutrients from other foods and boost your immune system.

Promoting the efficiency of the digestive system is also important to relieve pressure on the body’s NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response system. Digestive ills will often linger and trigger prolonged stress responses from the NEM. Since the modern diet is filled with many processed and synthetic compounds that prove challenging for our bodies to process, the NEM is often overtaxed dealing with the refined food products and toxins that result from their digestion.

Relieving this burden on the NEM helps to prevent or alleviate symptoms that arise once it is pushed to the point of dysfunction. Drinking this recipe just once a day is a convenient and smart way to keep your digestive system humming along to prevent ill effect to your body’s NEM.

This drink offers powerful protection against stroke and heart disease. Both ginger and garlic have anti-blood-clotting properties. Eat them together for powerful heart health protection.

Ginger has been recognized as an immune boosting powerhouse since before recorded history. Ginger is a warming spice; it is thought that this warming action can help break down and release toxins from the organs. It has also been shown to cleanse the lymphatic system, preventing toxin accumulation and protecting you from illness, especially respiratory infection.

Ginger also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research conducted in Norway compared ginger to antibiotics and found that ginger was significantly more effective at killing Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes than chloramphenicol, ampicillin, or tetracycline. These findings are particularly important because these two strains of bacteria are particularly common causes of hospital-borne infection. Antibiotic resistant strains of these two bacteria are also common, and more effective treatment methods are needed. In another study, ginger was the most effective of 29 plants tested at killing fungi.

In the 1980s, researchers discovered ginger to be an effective cure for stomach ulcers. More recent research has found the ginger is more effective at treating GERD than pharmaceutical treatments such as Prevacid.

One of the most surprising properties of ginger is its ability to ease pain. Gingerol, a compound in ginger that works much like capsaicin in hot peppers, acts on vanilloid receptors found on sensory nerve endings to block the pain pathways. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps ease pain at its source. Gingerol has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Evidence suggests that ginger can help reduce your risk of diabetes, improve diabetes symptoms, and may even protect against complications of diabetes.

The combination of ginger, garlic, lemon, and cayenne make this beverage an immune boosting, pain busting drink that can help improve your overall health.

Garlic Ginger Lemon Drink