May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
In our first article in this series of 3, we introduced the Lemon Detox. Here, we will actually go through the ingredients that make up this lemon drink. It is very important that you gather all the ingredients you need. Check what you will need for your Lemon Detox and buy enough for the duration of the entire detox before you start. If you have to run in a grocery store in the middle of your detox and find yourself surrounded by food, you may be tempted – I advise you to avoid this situation.
Ingredients of the Lemon Detox
The main ingredients for the Lemon Detox:
- Filtered water
- Grade B organic maple syrup free of formaldehyde
- Organic Cayenne Pepper
- Organic lemons
- Non-iodized sea salt or Epsom salt
First, let’s talk about the main ingredients:
This is probably the most neglected step of the Lemon Detox , but also the most important if you want to cleanse your body.
Some people won’t touch non-organic fruits or vegetables, but will continue to drink and cook with it unfiltered tap water. Your local water treatment facility is not effective in providing you with clean, safe water. The standard practice for water treatment is to throw chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is a poison whose links to cancers have been proven. This water also contains chemicals that come from industrial waste and farm runoff – as well as sediment and toxic metals found in pipes that bring water to your home.
On the other hand, bottled water is not a better choice. In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes associated with bottled water are not strictly regulated. Sometimes the bottled water we buy is no better than city tap water – and sometimes it’s just regular municipal water!
The solution is to use a water filtration system. If you are currently drinking bottled water, choosing this solution is likely to be profitable within a few months. You must be careful when buying a quality water filter because many are not effective at filtering the contaminants present today in the water we drink. If you don’t have a water filter, most grocery stores sell filtered water. Generally, this water is filtered by by a process called reverse osmosis, which is not the best filtration technology, but it’s always better than tap water.
Amazon offers a large number of filters ranging from low price decanters to systems that can be used in an entire house. You should consider investing in a good water filter, and even after completing the cure, you’ll want to continue drinking clean water. We’re going a little off topic here but water is a really crucial element for good health. For people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, a simple water filtration system is as important (and less expensive) than organic meat from a free range animal or than nutritional supplements.
Do not use concentrated lemon juice – concentrated lemon juice is filled with sugar and preservatives. As every other ingredient on this list, try to find organic lemons.
Grade B maple syrup
It’s important that you use B-grade organic maple syrup. Some commercial brands used for pancakes don’t use real maple syrup… It’s actually artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. Most high quality grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell Grade B organic maple syrup. You also buy it online if you can’t find isome at our local store.
Cayenne pepper is usually sold in powder form, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne pepper extract that will be just as effective. If you’re having trouble drinking spicy drinks, you can also use cayenne pepper capsules – you can find them in the Food Supplements section of most health stores.
Make sure that the sea salt you buy is not roasted (not iodized). It will be used as laxative.
The recipe of Lemon Detox is very simple
You must drink at least 1.7 liters of this lemon drink per day, but not more than 3.5 (depending on your weight). I suggest you drink the equivalent of your weight multiplied by 30ml. So if you weigh 124 lbs or 56 kgs, you should drink 3.75 liters of water.
Here is the recipe that should be used for the Lemon Detox. No. 1 is for one portion (or for 1 glass) and No. 2 is for 1.8 liter.
No. 1 – A single serving
- 300ml of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
No. 2 – 1.8 liters, for a daily portion
- 1.8 liters of filtered water
- 12 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
- 12 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
There are two important things you need to remember when using this recipe. The lemon juice you use must be freshly squeezed. Canned juice will be inefficient and will negate most of the benefits of the detox cure. In addition, the maple syrup must be grade B. Mixing herbal teas with the recipe is a good way to add some flavor. You must choose a low caffeine tea, such as Hibiscus, as caffeine can tighten the blood vessels. Also, it would be greatly beneficial to consume 2 tablespoons of wheat grass per day.
March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
Among the health benefits of the hibiscus flower (aka rosella), one can include the following: relieves high blood pressure, decreases high cholesterol and inflammation, helps treat hypertension and anxiety, and reduces issues associated with the digestive and the immune systems. It helps heal liver disease and helps reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in weight stabilization, in a healthy and progressive way. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.
Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink around the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names but can be called by their other, more common name, which is “Roselle”.
A lovely ruby red in color, Hibiscus tea has an acidic taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a taste similar to cranberry. This tea is low in calories and has no caffeine. This article examines the various benefits of hibiscus tea, which will help keep your body fit and healthy.
Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
1. Helps Manage Your Blood Pressure
A report from the American Heart Association, published in November 2008, hypothesized that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also suggests that about 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted by the Odigie IP concludes that the Hibicus flower contains antihypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial for hypertension and for those at high risk of chronic cardiovascular disease. According to research done at Tufts University in Boston, Hibiscus tea is able to reduce blood pressure up to 10 points, partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order for this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. In addition, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties, which increases urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.
2. Decreases Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea also has quite impressive antioxidant properties. It helps reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, thereby protecting against heart disease and protecting the blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those suffering from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes. A study conducted on patients with type II diabetes shows that the consumption of Hibiscus acid lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this disease.
3. Protects your Liver
Studies have also shown that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus tea can help in the treatment of liver disease. Antioxidants help protect your body against disease because it neutralizes free radicals in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan, maintaining good overall health in many of your organs.
4. Anti-Cancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains protocatechic hibiscus acid, which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Chung Shan Medical and Dental College in Taichung, Taiwan, suggets that hibiscus slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing apoptosis, usually called “programmed cell death.”
5. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties
Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It’s an essential nutrient needed by your body to promote and stimulate your immune system activity. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As a result, it reduces the risks of you getting colds and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat the discomfort caused by fever, thanks to its refreshing effect.
6. Menstrual Pains
Among the health benefits of Hibiscus tea is its ability to relieve cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance, which helps reduce other menstruation symptoms such as mood swings and depression.
7. Antidepressant Properties
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals such as flavonoids that have antidepressant properties. The consumption of hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, and can reduce anxiety as well as depression, creating a feeling of relaxation through your body and mind.
8. Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you eat high carb foods, this means that you’re consuming a lot of sugar and starch, which are associated to weight gain. However, studies have speculated that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus blocks the production of amylase, which contributes to the absorption of carbohydrates and starch. Drinking hibiscus tea would prevent this absorption from occurring. As a result, hibiscus tea is found in many slimming products.
9. Helps Digestion
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It promotes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it’s also used as a treatment against constipation, which promotes weight loss while improving the state of your gastrointestinal system and therefore reducing the chances of you contracting colorectal cancer.