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Golden Elixir: Skin Brightening + Gut Loving

This elixir is packed with vitamin C, live enzymes, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich plant compounds. Plus it is super tasty!
Feb 5, 2021 | Joy McCarthy

I love visiting my favourite juice bar and getting a warm elixir. In the middle of winter I tend to gravitate to more spicy concoctions and am less likely to get a green juice or wheatgrass shot. I prefer something that warms me from the inside out, like this super tasty Golden Elixir! I love it so much because not only is it delicious and warming, but it's also Skin Brightening & Gut Loving!

skin brightening elixir

This elixir is packed with vitamin C, enzymes, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich plant compounds. Plus it is super tasty!

What exactly is an elixir you might be wondering? The exact definition is pretty simple: A magical or medicinal potion. I love that description. This elixir is definitely magical in that it makes you feel really good and it's medicinal because it contains hundreds of beneficial plant compounds for your skin and gut health. 

Let's take a quick look at some of the health benefits of each ingredient!

ingredients in skin brightening elixir

Turmeric & Ginger

Because these two powerful spices have many similar benefits and are cousins (from the same plant family called rhizomes), I have grouped them together. I've talked about both these incredible superfoods on the blog many times before so I will keep it brief. Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory superstars and can help to lower inflammation in the gut as well as reduce redness in the skin. You'll find turmeric in this most-loved soup recipe. Turmeric has been revered in Indian culture and Ayurvedic medicine for literally thousands of years! 


This wonderfully sweet fruit is a great source of fibre and it is extremely hydrating which is great for both skin and gut health. Eating more fibre and hydrating foods eases the burden of digestion, support the microbiome and prevents constipation. Pineapple is a great source of an enzyme called bromelain, which helps aids in protein digestion and is anti-inflammatory. You'll find pineapple in this Keto Green Smoothie.



Cara cara oranges

For this recipe, I used Cara Cara oranges but you can use any kind of orange. They have a beautiful colour that is a cross between a grapefruit and a blood orange. They are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which help maintain healthy skin, including the epithelial tissue of the gut lining. The anthocyanins in these oranges fight off free radicals and reduce inflammation. And finally, they are rich in folate, a nutrient that is great for mood and mental health. You'll find oranges in this Orange Mint Baked Salmon recipe or this Orange Chicken with Black Rice



Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a skin-beautifying and protective ingredient. Vitamin C is the most abundantly used antioxidant in the body. Lime is a very hydrating fruit that provides much-needed hydration, especially during the winter months. You'll find limes in this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad.


This recipe is...

  • Skin-brightening and gut-loving
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based
  • Kid-friendly (maybe use a little less ginger so it's not as spicy)
  • Perfect to warm you up in the winter
  • Extremely hydrating and a great way to start your day!
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  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 thumb size fresh ginger root
  • 1 thumb size fresh turmeric root*
  • 1 lime, peel removed
  • 1 orange, peel removed
  • 3 cups hot water**
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  1. Place all ingredients into a high power blender and blitz until fully combined.
  2. Enjoy 1/3-1/2 cup on an empty stomach. Refrigerate for 24 hrs or freeze in smaller batches to drink in the future.


*If you can't get fresh turmeric sub in 1 tsp ground turmeric powder.
**If you boiled the water in a kettle, let it the water cool slightly before adding to the blender to prevent too much steam from blowing the top off your blender when it's blending.

How to drink this elixir

  • I recommend drinking this on an empty stomach to max out the benefits, preferably in the morning, followed by breakfast 20-30 minutes later.
  • Freeze the rest of it to enjoy at a later date. You could freeze it in an ice cube tray and just pop out a couple to enjoy each day. You can just add some hot water to it and blitz again if you like. 

I don't recommend keeping in the fridge longer than a day as I mentioned in my video because it won't remain fresh that long. 


Joy xo


Kim   •   February 6, 2021

Is it recommended to take this daily?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 7, 2021

Carolyn   •   February 8, 2021

The recipe is wonderful and already a favourite in the house, especially during these cold winter months in Canada. Just a heads up to anyone with a Blendtec, this completely stained my Wildside Jar totally yellow! I blended it and immediately removed the drink but the turmeric had already gone to town :( . I've tried everything to clean it but it hasn't touched it.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 8, 2021
Merlyn Brito   •   February 18, 2021

Julie   •   February 9, 2021

I have a pineapple intolerance, what can i use instead? I can't wait to try it!!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 9, 2021

KENISHA   •   February 9, 2021

I've been making this elixir all winter long alternating between a few other combinations, it's a real powerhouse to keep winter ills at bay. Thanks for sharing!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 9, 2021
KENISHA   •   February 9, 2021
Joy McCarthy   •   February 9, 2021

Ellaline Treasure   •   February 9, 2021

How often can I drunk this

Joy McCarthy   •   February 9, 2021

Laurie   •   February 9, 2021

Yummy! Does drinking it with clear sparkling water negate the health benefits?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 10, 2021

Carol Mair   •   February 11, 2021

Hi Joy, my blender is not as powerful as yours. Should I pour my elixer through a sieve or do I drink it with all the pulp?

Joy McCarthy   •   February 12, 2021

Marilyn   •   February 21, 2021

OMG. This is soooo good!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 21, 2021

Rebecca K.   •   February 25, 2021

Super yummy!


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