We live in a world today full of fast food, coffee piled with sugar, growing levels of stress, and countless toxins in our food and drink. It’s no wonder we are beginning to feel more and more unhealthy as a whole. While many countries in the world still stick to a strict diet of healthy, environmentally reoccurring natural foods, America seems to be lost in the midst of an era thick with fat, sugar, and minimal exercise. The best thing to do is to eliminate most of the unhealthy lifestyle choices we’re faced with in this country today.
It might be pretty impossible to never drive through to get a quick latte before work. Perhaps your family is still hungry waiting at home, and you simply don’t have time to prepare a meal with your schedule. You might have to grab a quick bite to eat, and those quickly available meals include preservatives and other ingredients that aren’t really so great for your body when eaten in excess. These conveniences exist for a reason, and it’s not unhealthy to partake in our era’s luxuries every once and a while. However, when you feel like some of the stuff you’ve been putting in your body is taking it’s toll, there are plenty of things you can do to solve that problem. One of them is performing regular detoxes – and I’ll teach you how to brew a delicious, detoxifying pot of ginger herb tea that will keep the toxins in your body at bay.
There’s a reason that ginger is so important in detoxifying products all over the world. It’s got incredible antioxidant properties, loads of potassium, and amino acids. In fact, ginger root has been known since ancient times in China as a cure for stomach, intestinal, and other digestion problems. The Chinese figured out early on how ginger can detoxify your body, and have drank it in tea since the first dynasties.
Now, ginger is grown all over the world and is sold not only dried and fresh in it’s root form, but as ready-made teas, and even candies! Many natural ginger based pills are on the market today that are specifically made for detox regimens and digestion problems.
Customizing Your Detox Tea
You’ll need some fresh ginger root to start with – this can be found easily at your local supermarket. Grate about ¼ of a fresh root into a tea sieve with the other ingredients you choose. Ginger tea is best paired with teas from other antioxidant goodies, like dried rooibos (red tea) leaves, some plain green tea, or dehydrated blueberries and / or blackberries. Other antioxidant rich ingredients you might like to add include dried and grated goji berries, orange teas or plain dried orange and orange peel, and halved slices of dried kiwi. You can grate these all together, or simply make them small enough to partially dissolve into boiling water.
If you have a tea brewer at home, that makes this part much easier. Simply put your tea into the small steeping sieve on the top, add almost boiling water, close the tea pot, and wait for it to brew. If you don’t have a brewer pot, you can simply use a small sieve to steep the ingredients cup by cup. This is sometimes more fun!
What Does This Tea Actually Do?
Ginger detox tea does a lot, actually. Not only does it contain antioxidants that help cleanse your entire body of bad stuff, but it also helps aid the digestion itself – getting rid of food (and bacteria, toxins) that have been sitting in your digestive tract from the stomach down to the colon for days, possibly weeks, even years.
Ginger also has a fresh, pungent, and bittersweet flavor that perks up your senses and seems to regulate your mood as well as your body. Drinking this tea when you first wake up will help you feel more alert during the day, and drinking it before you go to bed lets you feel less weighed down and groggy, ensuring a more refreshing sleep.
It’s safe and healthy to drink this tea once a day if you like, or you can space it out and drink it on the weekends to get rid of the week long gloomy feeling. Home made ginger detox teas have kept me coming back for more since I was young, and I hope they’re a favorite of yours too. (It’s best not to overdo it, as ginger and many other things should never be ingested in over excess in an attempt to increase it’s benefits.)
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