There are detox diets. There are fasting diets. Some detox diets make you fast, and some fasts have a detoxifying effect. I’m more of a detox-with-the-foods-I-eat kinda gal. But every once in a while I get a wild hair to make my own concoctions to drink. I think it was after I bought a bottle of Kombucha for $4. I love Kombucha, and while the tea I made below isn’t the same, it’s still really healthy, but a fraction of the cost.

Last night I asked on my Facebook page, “What’s your favorite way to get rid of body gunk?” I shouldn’t have been surprised to see “I poop,” was listed as an answer…a couple times. By the way, I appreciate your candor! I think everyone does. Yes, pooping does indeed get rid of gunk, but getting your body to the point where you have regular, meaningful poops is the key. Sometimes certain foods help to improve digestion, and really get things moving. I looked through my kitchen for a few things and this is what I came up with.

The drink I made is a Ginger Lemon Spice Tea. Technically it’s not a tea, but that’s what I’m sticking with.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Ginger is a winner because it helps with both nausea and digestion. Studies have also shown impressive results of ginger’s effect on inflammation. Take note if you have arthritis, allergies, or even a cold. All three are forms of inflammation. If you can’t get your inflammation under control, you won’t be able to lose weight very easily . 
  • Lemon Juice is really effective in cleansing the body on a cellular level. Many people think that lemons promote acidity in the body. Yes, lemons are acidic, but when eaten, they alkalize, creating a better pH for your body. Additionally, lemons contain a phytochemical called limonene which is being used in  clinical trials to dissolve gallstones.
  • Cayenne Pepper is well known for its heat coming from capsaicin, which works great to reduce inflammation. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to improve digestion and elimination. A little goes a long way, and since this is a drink (hopefully an enjoyable one), it’s used sparingly.
  • Stevia is used to sweeten the drink. I like it and much prefer it to non-nutritive sweeteners like Splenda, Equal or Sweet-n-Low. That said, feel free to substitute real maple syrup or honey. Keep in mind, both are calorically-dense and very high in sugar. If you are trying to get your blood sugar levels in check, consider sticking with the stevia.

Lemon Ginger Spice Tea

Here is how you make it:

Ginger Lemon Spice Tea
64 ounces of water (about 1/2 gallon)
1/4 c. fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
5 tbsp. lemon juice, or the juice from 1 1/2 fresh lemons
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 packets stevia (or 3 tsp)

Add ginger to water and bring to a boil for ten minutes. Remove from heat and add in lemon, cayenne pepper and stevia. Stir, then allow to cool for a few minutes. Ladle into mason jars and you’re done! If you don’t have mason jars on hand, they can be easily purchased at any grocery store. You can always re-use any glass jar with a lid, including apple sauce jars, salsa jars or nut butter jars.

I made this drink from ingredients I always have in my kitchen. The total cost is about 25 cents per drink (12 ounces)! I love that!

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