Sicilians are known to consume a spoonful of pure extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) every morning for their health. It is considered a home remedy across Europe, and for many important reasons! Here are some of the most significant benefits to drinking olive oil on an empty stomach:
1. encourages healthy digestion
Gastrointestinal disorders are on the rise, where one study conducted in 2021 found that over 40% percent of those surveyed had a functional digestive disorder.
By consuming olive oil first thing in the morning, you essentially “wake up” your digestive system to help your body absorb nutrients more efficiently, reduce gastric acidity, and stimulate the intestinal tract.
2. promotes healthy weight loss and blood sugar response
EVOO is proven to have significant satiating effects by calming the appetite and providing ample nutrients, which help keep the body satisfied for longer periods of time.
Studies also suggest that ingesting fats in the morning can slow down the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates we may consume later in the day. This helps to prevent unwanted blood sugar spikes and keep our energy levels stable throughout the day.
3. strengthens the immune system
The composition of fatty acids, vitamins, and polyphenols in high-quality EVOO offers the human body immense immune support. The phenolic compounds, in particular, help lower inflammation and fight off free radicals that can make us sick and produce long-term health problems.
4. improved brain function
Numerous studies reveal how the polyphenols and antioxidants in EVOO contribute to maintaining healthy brain function. Researchers have linked the consumption of EVOO to enhanced visual memory and verbal fluency as well as a decreased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
A reason for this could be that olive oil contains significant amounts of vitamins E and K—two vitamins proven to improve brain health. Vitamin E protects the brain from free-radical damage and can minimize the damage caused by a stroke by redirecting the brain’s blood supply.
Vitamin K is proven to help keep our memory clear and sharp and is likewise thought to play a major role in preventing Alzheimer’s, as most patients are found to be in this particular vitamin upon diagnosis.
5. nourishes hair and skin
Squalene is a compound produced naturally by our skin to help protect it against environmental toxins and keep it hydrated. However, as we age, our squalene levels rapidly diminish.
EVOO is a potent source of squalene that, when consumed, regularly can lead to healthier, more vibrant hair and skin. While many beauty products on the market today list it as a main ingredient, studies suggest that the real improvements arise through ingesting it rather than applying it topically. One study regarding burn patients further supported this when those who consumed olive oil daily healed faster than the control group.
the best evoo for the job
Overall, taking an EVOO shot has become a morning ritual for us here at Zimms Organics. We see it as a moment to treat our body with an extra dose of healing and nourishment before another busy day begins. Our HEAL EVOO is ideal for this job thanks to its bright flavor profile and lighter mouthfeel. Since it is gentle and smooth on the throat, HEAL is a great choice for those who are new to olive oil shots.
30 minutes before our first meal, we pour one tablespoon of Zimms HEAL EVOO into our specially made Sip Glass and either sip it or take it as a shot. For a real treat, consider adding a squeeze of lemon juice for a tangy, refreshing flavor that will wake you up and start your day off right.