I tried to stay healthy over the wonderful whirlwind of a weekend- I went hiking, drank my green smoothies, made kale chips, cooked healthy meals, ran, and even battled it out on the basketball court with Leif, Dakota, and Koll. But I didn’t stand a chance against Moscow Mules (my favorite cocktail) and table after table of homemade sweets.
I’m more than ready for a little detox and so I made a variation of my favorite Ginger Lemon Turmeric Cayenne Detox Tea (try to say that 10x’s). There’s a lot going on in this lovely infusion but this easy to make recipe is a combination of some of the healthiest ingredients known to man. I won’t go into too much details but below are the key benefits of each ingredient.
Ginger warms up circulation and metabolism, giving you energy and natural stimulation. It has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea and motion sickness.
Cayenne contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids (which give the chili its antioxidant properties). It is super potent and effectively treats fevers, poor circulation, nausea, and other digestive problems.
Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant. This anti-inflammatory, free-radical-fighting antioxidant-rich spice contains an anti-cancer compound called curmumin.
Lemon is a another great detoxifier that naturally cleans your liver and adds a nice dose of food-based vitamin C. Best to drink a glass of lemon water first thing you wake up.
Ginger & Turmeric Detox Tea | yield 2 servings
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 lemon, juiced
Raw honey, to taste
2 cups water
Pinch of cayenne powder
1. Peel and grate the ginger root
2. Bring water to boil, then add ginger and turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes. Don’t let it boil.
3. Strain tea into a mug, allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
4. Add & stir raw honey (or your choice of sweetener), lemon juice, and pinch of cayenne pepper.
Note: Avoid taking large doses of turmeric & ginger if you have gallstones, bleeding disorders, overly acidic stomach, taking medication that contains blood thinner, or are pregnant or nursing. Turmeric also stains clothes and your hands so handle with care.
This infusion can also be refrigerated for a day. Reheat but do not re-boil.
Drink and Feel Good!