Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Magical De-Bloat Potion

I am so happy to share with you my new magical “potion” that I have been drinking. I made this about a week ago and I've been drinking at least 4-6 glass of it per-day since. It’s a mix of turmeric, ginger, cayenne, and lemon juice with hot water. This potion is powerful! We are talking detoxing and getting rid of toxins, your body naturally eliminating waste, anti-inflammatory, your waist size dropping and after a few days of sipping this your energy should be up.

Try this recipe and sip it for a few days along with eating a clean, healthy diet and report your results back to me. Go ahead and get your Harry Potter on and let me know what you think!

Turmeric-The major health benefits of Turmeric start with it being a strong anti-inflammatory spice. Turmeric has been used in Chinese and Indian systems of medicine for centuries and is now becoming popular in the Western world to treat various symptoms. Turmeric contains curcumin which is what gives the turmeric its yellow pigment. Curcumin has been shown to be as potent as other anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and hydrocortisone, without all the nasty side effects. Studies have also shown what a powerful antioxidant this spice is as it helps protect your body from free radicals that attack your body and can lead to cancer or DNA damage. The more turmeric in your diet the less destruction to your body, on a cellular level.

Ginger-There are many different forms of ginger from whole fresh roots, to crystallized ginger. For this recipe I used ground ginger or powdered ginger. Ginger has been used in herbal medicine to help promote the elimination of intestinal gas, and intestinal spasmolytic, which helps relax and soothe the intestinal tract. Adding this spice to the magic potion will help your body eliminate waste naturally, and get rid of excess bloat.

Cayenne- Cayenne gets its heat from the high concentration of capsaicin. Capsaicin is recognized as an effective pain reliever, as a digestive and anti-ulcer aid and also produces cardiovascular benefits. Adding cayenne pepper, even in small amounts can help reduce symptoms of indigestion. This spice can help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and well as decrease the formation of blood clots. Cayenne pepper is known as increasing the body’s ability to burn fat, and who doesn't want to burn more fat?

Lemon-Lemons are a great source of vitamin C and B6 as well as potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and phytochemical limonene. Lemon can help aid in weight loss because of its benefits as a digestive aid, and it helps cleanse the liver. Lemons are also a great way to help your body fight infections and promote immunity.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray M.D.
I LOVE this so much, that I include it in my 7-Day Summer Slim Down!

1/2-1 Tbsp Turmeric*
1/2-1 Tbsp Ginger*
1/2-1 tsp Cayenne (depending on how much heat you can handle)
5 Tbsp lemon juice( I used juice from Meyer Lemons, but regular lemons will work fine)
optional(I usually omit this) Stevia to taste, or maple syrup.
32 oz. warm water

*I like strong tasting drinks, so I used about 1 tablespoon of the turmeric and ginger, if your making this for the first time, start with a little less.

Boil 32 ounces of water in a tea kettle, once it boils remove it from heat and set it aside.
Add spices and lemon juice to a pitcher or container that holds at least 32 ounces of water. Once the water has cooled a bit( you don’t want to add boiling water into the mixture, this will breakdown some of the benefits of the lemon) add it to the pitcher. Give the mixture a good stir and sip on it throughout the day. As the magic potion sits the spices will fall to the bottom, you can stir it each time your pour yourself more, and always add some more warm water if it gets too spicy for you. Add stevia or maple syrup to sweeten it if necessary.

I make this mixture and sip on it for 5-7 days. I feel so light and healthy while I am drinking it so I don’t want to stop!

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