Anti-Inflammation ‘Ginger-Turmeric’ Tea

Its been a hectic week, one where my schedule is full with work, kids and during such times I love to wind down with herbal tea. I normally enjoy herbal infusions, but decided today I wanted to make something soothing. Instantly I thought of the ginger and turmeric. These are my favorite go to herbs especially during fall and winter, as they are great at warding off any oncoming coughs or colds.

I feel like this is such a common trait for so many of us. We lead such busy lives and with that we get pulled away from eating healthy food. Modern food has changed so much, it’s become the norm for people not to eat fresh, local seasonal food, instead people are eating fast food  out of convenience. Unfortunately, this fast food is causing inflammation which is a major root cause of disease. One of the important ways of healing our bodies, whatever it is that we may be suffering from, is to eat food that does not promote inflammation, along with making lifestyle changes such as stress reduction and having a  positive attitude.

I know first hand what having a stressful life can lead to. For two years I was in a stress filled job, I was unhappy, my hair was falling out, I had breakouts, I would snap at people around me, because I was worn out. I promised myself once I left that job that I would take better care of myself and loved ones. I started researching on the foods and herbs that can help the body heal and foods that fight inflammation.

Ginger has been found to have antioxidant, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Ginger is also great anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. It is great for your heart as it has cholesterol and blood pressure regulating properties.

Turmeric contains curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and arthritis. It’s also great for your skin.

Try this wonderful Tonic anytime you feel under the whether or just as a general way of warding off disease.

Ingredients

4 cups filtered water

2  1 inch fresh turmeric

2 1 inch fresh ginger

Maple Syrup for sweetness or any sweetener of your choice

Juice of 5 key limes or lemon

1 Tbsp. Black Pepper

Directions

Take 1 cup of water and add peeled ginger and turmeric and put it inside the blender. Blend for 40 secs. Boil 3 cups of water. Once boiled pour in the ginger and turmeric mixture into the pot and add the lemon and black pepper.

After 10 mins of the mixture being boiled. Allow it to cool and add the maple syrup or honey. Next strain through a mesh sieve. Drink it warm in winter and over ice in summer. You can add a herb of your choice like rosemary or mint.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Refreshing Hibiscus Tea

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Have you recently decided to cut down on consuming sweet drinks? If you have decided to recently cut down on sweet drinks I promise you  hibiscus iced tea is a drink you are going to love consuming this summer and you get to make it for yourself and show off to your guests that you really are serious about getting your health right.

Sugar is such an addictive product and I know how hard it is to give up, that is why I want to help you curb your cravings with healthier alternatives to juice or soda. If you are having trouble with reducing your sugar intake please, please do not be so hard on yourself. It will take time but slowly and surely as you start to eat better, you will also start craving for healthier food and drink choices as well.

One of the things I would like for you to get in the habit of doing is knowing why you are consuming the foods and drinks you eat. Get into the habit of asking yourself what benefit you are getting from the food and drinks you consume, just like friends ask yourself are they adding benefit or are they derailing you health wise. Do your research and be an active consumer.

Hibiscus is such a great plant, beautiful to adorn and even better to consume for the reasons below:

  • One of the best health benefits of hibiscus tea comes from its antioxidants. The antioxidant levels found in hibiscus tea is comparable to those found in red wine, which is known to have a positive effect on cardiac health.
  • Studies have shown that hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure, especially in individuals who have mild hypertension. Individuals who drink two or more cups of hibiscus tea daily for one month can effectively lower their systolic blood pressure.
  • Another great health benefit of hibiscus tea comes from the fact that it is incredibly high in vitamin C and has several minerals. The essential nutrients found in hibiscus tea boost the immune system, helping the body ward off infections and illnesses.
  • Weight management is another one of the many health benefits of hibiscus tea. That’s because this tea blocks amylase, which is an enzyme that breaks down starches into sugars. Because hibiscus blocks this enzyme, a reduced amount of sugars will be absorbed into the body, prompting weight loss.

Ingredients

4 Tbsp Hibiscus Tea

1 cinnamon stick

6 cups of water

Fresh Mint leaves

1 Orange

1 Lemon

1/2 cup strawberries

4 Tbsp Honey or coconut palm sugar

Directions

Boil the water, hibiscus and cinnamon sticks together for at least 10 minutes. Add the honey or sugar and stir. Let the hibiscus cool down and transfer to your pitcher add sliced oranges and lemon as well as the mint and strawberries. Let the drink chill in the refrigerator. When ready to serve add some ice and serve. Enjoy!

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How to begin a detox

Spring time is with us and while there are many things you want to get rid of and clean, do not forget to cleanse your body too. I know there are so many books, and blogs and information on how to detox and i’m not going to bore you with random information. I just wanted to show you how I perform a detox and why I incorporate it in my life.

Why detox?

There are three typical goals of a cleanse or a detox:

  • to remove potentially “toxic” foods
  • to eat a simple diet so that the detox organs like the liver can focus less on digestion and more on detoxification
  • to increase your consumption of water and foods that encourage the detoxification organs to do their job more efficiently.

The detox diet

Generally a detox diet is a very simple diet. Its not about starvation…no..no..no. Its just about incorporating more foods into your diet that you may not normally eat much of already. Have detox friendly foods and herbs, along with plenty of water, detoxifying herbal teas, vegetables, low sugar fruits and plants in general. Raw, juiced, steamed and soup.

Avoid processed food, suagr, alcohol, affeine, dairy, red meat at least for a short amount of time.

You will need your protein for adequate liver function. Get it from beans, nuts, seeds. If you eat sea food you can have wild caught salmon/seafood, chicken or a high quality protein powder.

Length of cleanse – It can range from 1 day to a full month depending on personal preference and how limited the diet is. So for instance, a juice/water/tea/broth/ fast is usually not sustainable for more than a few days. You will probably feel terrible for the first few days of a cleanse as you adjust to caffeine withdrawl, sugra withdrawl, less food and the release of toxins from storage, but after that, you should feel fabulous.

Talk with your doctor before starting a strict cleanse, especially if you have an eating disorder, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease.