For the first few weeks of the New Year we are bombarded with ideas for healthy eating and exercise regimes. It can be a little overwhelming trying to live up to our impossible resolutions (made hastily after one too many glasses of bubbly) or attempting to stick to an unrealistic workout program. Before long it all comes tumbling down and by the end of January we find ourselves back at square one. I propose something a little more gentle and straightforward - and much more effective. Small changes that you can actually stick with and build upon are much more likely to put you on a permanent path to a healthier lifestyle. This tea is one of those changes, I promise you will feel better the instant you drink it. Try switching this for a extra cup of coffee or another glass of wine or anytime you think you might be tempted by one of those leftover chocolates or whatever happens to be your particular nemesis.
Lemons have long been known for their strong antibacterial, antiviral, liver cleansing, alkalizing and immune-boosting powers. Aromatic and pungent ginger is a wonderful digestive aid, studies have shown it has the ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds while soothing the stomach at the same time. All that in a cup of tea!
Lemon Ginger Detox Tea.
1 cup of boiling water
3 slices of lemon
2-3 slices of fresh, peeled ginger root (if you prefer a stronger ginger taste grate the root into the cup)
a pinch of cinnamon
raw honey to taste (optional)
1. Place the lemon slices, ginger, cinnamon and honey if using, in a cup, pour over boiling water and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes before drinking. Sip and enjoy and the benefits of alkalized blood and a cleansed liver. Happy New Year!