I originally made this detox tea after I had my second daughter and couldn't shake the last 10 pounds after having her. It had been a couple months, but I was still holding onto some additional weight that definitely wasn't there before I got pregnant. After I buckled down, refined The Belly Burn Plan and developed the recipe for this tea - the weight came off.
Detox Tea 101
Think of this detox tea as a tool in your tool box that helps to loosen up fat pathways clogged up by garbage.
When we detox, we take the garbage out!
Of course, when people detox from alcohol or drugs, they're doing it because they need to. Their bodies have become dependent on these substances and to live a functional life, they need to go. Hurray! Kudos! Keep doing what you're doing!
Another type of detox is to get rid of unneeded fat that gets stored throughout our body due to hormones that are out of whack. Hormones can store fat anywhere, but typically it's through the belly area, through the butt and thighs, through the upper back and upper arms, or generally throughout the body - especially noticeable in the face.
You can learn more about body type eating here, or through my book The Belly Burn Plan.
But for now, let's get back to there recipe!
Detox Tea: Get the Toxins Out!
These toxin build up as a result of, well, just living.
The air we breathe, the medications we take and a lot of the foods we eat contains toxins. Even though our liver is really good at naturally detoxifying itself (that's it's job!), toxins have no real way to get out of our body without a little push. That's where this Lemon Ginger Spice Detox Tea comes in.
Yes, pooping does indeed get rid of gunk, but getting your body to the point where you have regular, meaningful poops is the key. I don't mean you have to have a relationship with your poop, but you should be pooping everyday. If you're doing really good - twice a day.
A lot of foods help to improve digestion, and really get things moving - like these high fiber foods. Other foods help on a cellular level, squeezing garbage out. I developed this detox tea around extremely valuable ingredients our body can use right now.
This tea has a great anti-inflammatory effect as well. If you have inflammation, it will be very difficult to lose weight. Increasing foods that help to break up inflammation will help tremendously.
Most people have absolutely no idea how good they could feel if they managed to decrease inflammation by eating better. And by better I don't mean dieting. I mean by eating everyday foods that turn your metabolism on, balance hormones and help you lose weight. The Belly Burn Plan is one such way to do that.
The drink I made is a Ginger Lemon Spice Tea. Technically it's not a tea, but that's what I'm sticking with.
Detox Tea 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.Ginger is has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. This is great news if you have a hard time controlling your hunger!
- 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.
- Honey is used to sweeten the drink. Honey is a fantastic prebiotic. Probiotics help to feed the good bacteria in our gut. Since good bacteria is a hot commodity, helping the good stuff grow is a high priority. If you think your gut is in trouble, read more about the foods that
Here is how you make it:
Lemon Ginger Spice Detox Tea
Single Serving Detox Tea
8 ounces of water
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 tsp honey
3 tsp lemon juice, or the juice from 1/4 to 1/3 fresh lemon
pinch of cayenne pepper
Large Batch Detox Tea
64 ounces of water (about 1/2 gallon)
1/4 c. fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup honey
5 tbsp. lemon juice, or the juice from 1 1/2 fresh lemons
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
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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Thanks for the recipe! Do you refrigerate the leftovers?
Sorry for the delay! Yes, leftovers can be refrigerated. I put mine in mason jars!
So, how long can you do this cleansing? I have heard 1 week or more, but is that recommended?