Is There a Best Time to Supplement with or to Drink Cayenne Pepper?
One of the fun aspects of having this website it that I get
emails from people literally all over the world, i.e., England, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Australia, India, Jamaica,
S. Africa, Thailand, and of course all over the U.S.
Very few are rude and accusatory and by far almost all are positive.
People seem to be disenchanted with the medical establishment and are open to natural options, hence the
questions, and I suppose that is how they found my site as well.
One of those people who recently contacted me asked a very good question about the when to drink it versus the
how. That is what inspired this article. Some are not sure how to drink it and ask all sorts of questions regarding
It's understandable as cayenne pepper is unconventional to drink, which I can appreciate.
It is a very good question as to when to imbibe this odd concoction. Essentially, here was my
response to him.
I try to drink it once a day every day. I don't sometimes, though, as it sometimes it just slips my mind. In my
opinion, and it's only an opinion mind you, there really is no best time to drink it. However, this brings up some
related thoughts that perhaps you might find useful.
I do suggest that you plan ahead when you drink it -- especially in the beginning. If, for example, you are
going to take it an hour before an athletic event like running, soccer, softball, basketball, etc., it could cause
I made this mistake just this past Monday from when I write this. I took it about 4:00 p.m. as I forgot I had a
softball game at 6:00 p.m. (Not sure where you are in the world but softball is a popular sport here in the U.S.
It's a sport that is a lot like baseball.)
I felt some nausea during the game and it is because for some reason if you're not relatively still for a couple
of hours after taking it, or if you take it and are moving your body around a lot, it can "slosh" around if you
will, and cause nausea. At least that's what it does for me.
I also don't recommend taking it after a strenuous athletic event like long-distance running or sprint running
or weight lifting. For some reason, it can cause real stomach upset and nausea. I've personally experienced
Cayenne is wonderful with many health benefits but must be taken with judgment and wisdom. I'm not
saying that after taking it you have to sit still for hours and hours or just watch TV with a minimum amount of
movement. I'm not saying that at all. Just don't do anything too physically strenuous.
You can still do normal things. I am saying, though, that after drinking it you should sit still or have minimal
body movement for about half an hour -- at least in the beginning and when increasing the amount of cayenne.
This is more relevant for people who have a sensitive stomach like me. This simple guideline works wonders for me.
I think perhaps it will for you too.
I guess the rule of thumb would be to not plan on doing anything real physical. Again, when I take it, I just relax
at my computer, do some Web surfing, writing, reading, or watching TV. Whatever I do, I just make sure to not be too physical for about half an hour.
Hope that explains it.
These simple guidelines work for me and I'm sure they'll work for you if you decide to give cayenne an honest
try. It's really not that inconvenient to add to your daily life, at least it hasn't been for me.
Remember, taking cayenne is unconventional -- I readily acknowledge that. I personally am willing to deal with any
inconvenience in order to glean the incredible and increasingly documented clinical benefits of capsaicin and
cayenne pepper (capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne and other hot peppers).
To answer directly as to the best time to drink it, it's really up to you and your lifestyle. I have had people
write me in the past two years who have said they like taking it at night before bed or upon arising or during the
day after a meal.
I would just think ahead as to when you take it. I take it on arising or in the afternoon, but that's just me.
There's nothing sacred about those times.
For maximum therapeutic benefit, people are advised by many naturopaths and medicinal herbalists to take it two to
three times a day. Once a day is enough for most people, though.
Let me explain.
Personally, if I had a health problem, I would take it a minimum of twice a day, probably
My personal slight hemorrhoid problem was resolved by taking it once a day for just two days, though.
It was not a virulent hemorrhoid problem like some have mind you but it was there to be sure. (I had blood
and constant, irritating itching, and some swelling.)
It worked for me and it's now all completely healthy I'm happy to report.
(I am not a doctor so I'm not prescribing anything here.) You do what you feel best only educate yourself
Like the Good Book says, "Prove all things, hold fast to that which is true." Good words to live by.
P.S. I used to drink eight ounces of water with the cayenne pepper powder. Not anymore. Now, I only consume
three or four ounces at most. That makes it easier to drink and I still get the great cayenne pepper benefits.
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