Despite overwhelming advancements in medical care our society is sicker than ever. We may be living longer, but we’re riddled with illness and disease. Nearly all sickness in industrialized countries is due to toxic build up in the body. Often times, toxins, which are stored in fat cells, can slow our metabolism and cause weight gain. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, gastroesophageal reflux disease, fatty liver, gallstones, osteoarthritis, stroke, lower back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, dementia, sleep apnea, asthma and depression are just some of the illnesses associated with obesity.
Because toxins affect both the structure and the function of cells, they cause a myriad of health problems. Things like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis and lupus, migraines, premature aging, digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea or bloating, skin conditions, aches and pains, PMS and food allergies or intolerances can all be traced back to toxic buildup in the body.
Detoxifying our bodies is so important because it can literally reverse the symptoms of many of these chronic illness and change your life. There are many different types of detoxification protocols and it is important to find one that works well for you. Primarily, I want to stress the importance of eating a healthy plant-based diet. Vegan diets are packed with nutritional powerhouse plants that can turn your health around for the better in many situations. They help to reduce toxic build up in the body and gives our cells the nutrition and fuel they need to fight off chronic illnesses.
Aside from just eating a healthy, plant-based diet however, there are detox teas that can assist in the detoxification process. Here is one of our favorite detox tea recipes!
1 ginger tea bag or 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 cups boiling water
Few dashes cinnamon, to taste
Few dashes ground turmeric, to taste
Few dashes cayenne pepper, to taste (use less if you don’t like spice)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 small lemon slice
Pure maple syrup, to taste (typically 1 teaspoon)
Grab an extra-large mug or a small teapot (3-cup capacity). Place ginger tea bag inside.
Boil 2 cups of water and pour all the water into the mug/teapot. Cover and steep the ginger tea for 7 to 8 minutes.
Remove tea bag. Set aside the tea bag to cool. Once the tea bag has cooled a bit you can gently squeeze it into the pot to infuse the tea with even more ginger flavor.
Add the cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne. Whisk until combined.
Add the vinegar and drop in the lemon wedge. Whisk to infuse the lemon.
Add maple syrup to taste, and whisk to combine.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
For the fresh ginger version: Pop the fresh grated ginger into a tea ball or mesh tea steeper, and steep tea for about 6 to 7 minutes. Proceed as usual.
The spices tend to settle at the bottom of the mug/pot. Simply whisk it now and then to redistribute.