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LGLWSM Newsletter 059 - Summertime Detox Drinks
June 30, 2012
Summertime Detox Drinks
Summertime is a great time to eat less and shed a few pounds. No one likes to eat much when the temps outside are toasty anyway. Too much food can weigh you down and make you feel miserable!
Cold beverages are a great way to cool down and get refreshed so why not drink fluids that will also help you detoxify and alkalize your body at the same time. It’s a win win scenario! Try some of these yummy recipes while the heat's on!
Mint Cumin Detox
Mint grows abundantly in the summertime. It can be grown in patio containers as well as in the yard. It spreads naturally and is a perennial that will come back for many years to come. Not only does mint smell great, it can soothe an upset stomach, promote good digestion, and reduce nausea. It also helps detoxify because of the phtonutrients contained in the plant.
This recipe combines mint leaves with cumin powder that offer antiseptic, cleansing, and detoxification qualities.
Gather 1&1/2 cups of fresh mint leaves and rinse thoroughly. Place them into a blender or food processor with one-half cup of purified water. Add one teaspoon of cumin powder and a half teaspoon of Indian or Hawaiian black salt, which you may have to obtain from a health food store. Additionally, add three to four teaspoons of fresh lemon juice.
Blend into a thick paste. Mix the paste with water at a one-to-three (1:3) ratio. (Or mix one-fourth cup of paste to three-fourths cups of water.) Add raw sugar, Stevia, or honey according to your sweet tooth. Strain if necessary and chill or add ice cubes.
Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
Cucumbers are very high in silica, which is a great aluminum detoxifier. Aluminum toxicity is associated with neurological disorders and Alzheimer's disease. Silica is great for building strong bones and reinforcing connective tissue.
Combine one sliced cucumber into a food processor filled 3/4 of the way with sliced watermelon. Blend until smooth. Chill.
Note: Organic/locally grown cucumbers don't need to be peeled; conventional cucumbers should be peeled.
Lemonade has been one of the best summer refreshers there ever was! My neighbors ruled our neighborhood when they made lemonade! Mr. Jenkins (God rest his soul) used to make the VERY best lemonade when we had summer picnics. There is nothing more invigorating than homemade lemonade made using lots of fresh lemons! Of course, we’ve all learned now about the health issues associated with too much sugar so use stevia or raw honey instead of sugar.
In fact, just simply drinking lemon water is one of the best ways to detoxify and alkalize your body! The suggested ratio for lemon water is one-half lemon or lime to a tall glass of water. But nothing says you can't up that ratio with more lemons or limes.
Learn more about the health and beauty benefits of lemon water!
If you truly love lemons, get beauty tips with lemon too!
Ginger helps reduce inflammation and aid detoxification and digestion. Ginger tea has long been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine.
If you buy non-organic ginger, peel it first, and then slice as thinly as possible to create a half inch thick cover of ginger at the bottom of a pot for boiling.
Fill the pot with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Cover and let it steep for as long as possible.
Then pour the tea through a strainer. Add honey or Stevia and fresh lemon or lime juice. Chill or add ice and enjoy.
*Note: Did you know you can grow ginger in your own yard? I have several plots of ginger in my yard! It can take the cold temps in winter outside and in the summertime, tall stalks grow and produce small white flowers that smell heavenly! When I need ginger for cooking, its easy to just dig up a bit. Ginger spreads and multiplies over time so you'll always have plenty of ginger on hand!
Buy lemongrass stalks from stores that sell Thai or Vietnamese foods. Trim two or three stalks of their tops and roots, leaving around six inches of stem. Peel off the outer skin from the six inch stems and chop into course pieces.
Prepare the tea in the same way you prepare the ginger tea!
Summer is a great time to fix summertime detox drinks that help get rid of excesses! Fresh veggies and fruits are a real joy to consume during the hot months when you’re out playing around in the hot summer sun!
Until Next Time!
Stay Sweet and Be Beautiful!
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