Have you ever tried to jump start your health by drinking detox teas?
Spring is upon us, and it’s a time when a lot of us get motivated to start spring cleaning our homes.
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to clear out the clutter, finally deep clean the house, and throw open the windows to the fresh spring air?
Spring is all about cleansing and letting go of what no longer serves us. It’s easy to think about that when it comes to physical possessions you’re ready to get rid of. But what about your body? It would appreciate a little TLC too!
Spring is a great time to do a detox, after your body has accumulated a bunch of extra gunk it doesn’t need from over-indulgent holiday and winter eating (or is that just me?)
Below are my top 5 favorite detox teas to drink when I’m trying to give my body a little reset. I usually have 2 cups a day – one in the morning instead of coffee or in the afternoon when I need a little something, and one between dinner and bedtime.
Top 5 Detox Teas:
Ginger has long been used as a dietary aid. It has been used to treat constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, which means that it will help your body rid itself of toxins better by better performing its natural digestive process.
It also helps promote healthy blood circulation. This will help your blood cells (red and white) be able to do their jobs more effectively. Ginger also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemon is a heavy-hitter when it comes to detoxing. The citric acid it contains helps your liver function at its best, so it can do what it does – process and neutralize toxins in the body and prepare them for excretion.
Lemon boosts your metabolism and can help you lose extra weight. If you’re ready to shed a few pounds that are no longer serving you, lemon is the bomb!
Lemon aids digestion because it has a similar molecular structure to your natural stomach acid. This prompts the liver to produce more bile, which means digestion is easier and more effective.
If you’re beginning to notice a theme, it’s that the best way to detox is not with crazy supplements. The best way to detox naturally is to ingest foods (read natural medicines) that help your body perform its natural functions more effectively.
Cayenne pepper is one of the best detox teas. The pepper stimulates blood flow and healthy circulation by opening up blood vessels and capillaries. This pepper is a major detoxifier and helps neutralize acidity in the body. It also can give your metabolism a boost.
Cayenne helps fight infection and bacteria, especially when combined with lemon, for an all-out immune system supercharge. If you’re going to go to the trouble of detoxing, you might as well do something toward maintaining your newfound health and vitality.
At this point, I think everyone and their grandmother’s dog is aware of green tea’s reputation as a weight loss aid. But did you know this tea is good for detoxifying? It’s chock-full of antioxidants, which scientists believe help protect your cells from being damaged or destroyed by free radicals.
In case you don’t know, free radicals are basically cells that have gone haywire and aren’t behaving well. They have the potential to hurt your regular cells. Research suggests free radicals are linked to the aging process, cancer, heart disease, and more. Basically, you don’t want ‘em.
Further research on the detoxifying products of this tea is needed to make definitive statements, but it suggests dandelion tea supports healthy liver function and increase the kidneys’ ability to flush themselves of toxins. Next time you make a little flower ring or bracelet out of dandelions, save them for later to make a tea!
Just for fun, let’s call this detox tea Crimson and Clover. Red Clover is very high in antioxidants, so if green tea isn’t your bag, baby, you can still get some help fighting free radicals in your body.
Is it just me, or does the term “free radicals” conjure images of peace-loving hippies just here to chill out, have a good time, and spread the word of peace and love? Maybe it’s time we came up with a new term for rogue cells that may wake up one morning and decide they are hellbent on your destruction. Just a thought. But the scientists never ask me about my thoughts on these matters.
People who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that Red Clover cleanses the blood and liver. It also has high Vitamin C, several B vitamins, Vitamin A, Calcium, and Magnesium.
These nutrients don’t directly detox you per se, but I’m a believer in the body naturally cleansing and regulating itself. It can do that a lot more effectively the better we take care of it and give it what it needs (nutrients and vitamins). Now, if you’ll excuse me — Crimson and Clovaaaaa BA DA DA DA DA DUM Over and ovaaaaa BA DA DA DA DA DUM…..
One important note: These detox teas are not a magical cure-all solution, and they can only do so much.
You’re not going to feel very refreshed if you drink ginger lemon tea every day, but you also eat fast food for two meals a day and a sleeve of Oreos for a snack.
Detoxifying your body requires you to eat well. Try to eat non-processed or minimally processed foods with ingredients you know how to pronounce and draw a picture of. The teas in this post will help a lot when you incorporate them into your healthy lifestyle.
Now go get some teas, kick up your feet, and steep deeply to ease your detoxifying needs 🙂
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