Detox tea or ‘teatox’ is literally a miracle in a cup- your body’s liquid helper. To keep your skin looking fresh and your body organs running smoothly, you need to invest in a good detox regimen. Your body is already equipped to handle its own detoxification, but years of bad habits like drinking, smoking, taking in toxins from the environment may cause a toll on the organs responsible for detoxification. These include your immune system, intestines, liver, skin, respiratory system and kidneys.
Recently many people have developed the green tea craze and with good reason. Green tea contains a high number of antioxidants that are to your body what cake is to your tastebuds. My DIY Detox tea has antioxidant-rich ingredients that work collectively to boost your health as well as skin. If you don’t have that Green tea pack handy in the kitchen, look around and see if you have any of the ingredients below.
Homemade Detox Tea
-1 tsp Cloves
-2 tsp Cumin seeds
-1 tsp Black pepper cones
-4 Cinnamon sticks
-2 tsp Rosemary leaves
-2 Thin lemon slices
How To Make Detox Tea Preparation
Boil a litre of water (or less depending on your needs) and add the ingredients while its hot. Stir the water then leave it to boil for 5-10 minutes. Leave the spices to infuse for another 5-10 minutes so that they can get incorporated into the tea. Strain the spices and enjoy at room temperature.
Sip the tea all day long or carry to work in a flask.
Health Benefits of Detox Tea Ingredients
Black pepper: it’s mostly referred to as the King of spices. One of its active ingredients known as piperine is known to have amazing health benefits like improved nutrient absorption, anti-cancer properties and cardiovascular protection. Black pepper also has anti-bacterial properties and is a sure remedy against colds and coughs.
Rosemary leaves: these miracle herbs not only have a wonderful aroma, but also a long list of benefits. Rosemary has the ability to improve your mood, relieve pain, boost memory, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, prevent premature aging, reduce inflammation and heal skin conditions.
Cumin seeds: these tiny seeds can help one lose weight quicker and influence your body’s fat profile through decreasing the levels of harmful lipids in the blood. Cumin is also associated with cancer prevention. Its seeds are a source of iron and also support the immune system’s function. Cumin is beneficial to your metabolism in an amazing way. It has the ability to increase heat throughout your body therefore aiding metabolic function. Cumin seeds boost the production of digestive enzymes which help the liver in eliminating toxins. Traditional uses of cumin seeds include treating stomach problems like nausea, bloating, diarrhea, indigestion and morning sickness.
Cloves: they’re powerful antioxidants and can prevent damage from free radicals. Free radicals cause diseases, rapid aging as well as chronic inflammation.
Lemons: they have juices similar to digestive juices in the stomach. It can trick your liver into producing bile which keeps food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract. Lemons also help relieve indigestion and calm an upset stomach. Check out more uses for lemons here.
Cinnamon sticks: they have anti-inflammatory properties which can provide pain relief, boost brain function, support weight loss, soothe colds, contain anti-cancer properties, etc. Cinnamon also cleans the gastrointestinal tract relieving you of bloating, indigestion and other stomach related problems.
DIY Detox Tea Tips
-Expect to have a lot of pee breaks as this is part of the body’s way of cleaning itself of toxins. It also means the tea is working!
-You’re going to need time for the taste to grow on you because I might have exaggerated my analogy about cake at the start of this post.
-If you have surplus detox tea, rejoice for this means you can have a cup daily all week long. Your skin and liver thank you.
-I bought some of the ingredients as a whole (Mixed Spices which is usually ground for pilau) for 60 Ksh only.
The results of an overburdened liver can be brain dysfunction, cirrhosis, hormonal imbalances and an increased risk to cancer. Pair this detox tea with other healthy lifestyle practices e.g. exercise, healthy diet, etc. and you’re sure to see a change in your skin as well as body functions.
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