Many people enjoy starting their day with lemon water, a common detox practice. It is important to keep your body cleansed and in good working order… so try this new twist to begin the day!
Enjoy a detox tea to help move toxins out of your body and keep your immune system in tiptop shape. Licorice root, fennel, ginger, and turmeric are powerful antiviral, cleansing substances. The addition of mint, coriander, and cinnamon provides immune system support and additional antioxidants.1,2 The Senna works as a natural laxative, helping to purge toxins and food waste from the body.
Ginger has long been used in various forms of both traditional and alternative medicine. It is popular with cleansing programs as it stimulates digestion, circulation, and sweating, flushing toxins from the colon, liver, and other organs. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.3 Ginger also helps reduce oxidative stress, supporting the immune system against the common cold and flu.
Licorice root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, offering antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activities. It is soothing to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, helping to support and repair the protective lining of the stomach and intestines, and maintaining those barriers against excess stomach acid.
Licorice root can increase blood pressure if taken continuously, therefore it is best to take it only for a few weeks and then take a break for a few weeks, and limit it to two-three cups per day. Anyone with kidney issues should not consume it unless directed by their doctor.
Mint soothes the stomach and promotes digestion. The mere aroma is enough to activate the salivary glands, which then secrete digestive enzymes, thereby enhancing digestion. Mint increases hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach and calms intestinal spasms,4 which helps reduce toxins inside the intestinal tract. The vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins in mint support immune function and fight against microbes. The strong aroma is also helpful for clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, and lungs, making this tea ideal if you do get the flu.
Alternatively, you can add all of the ingredients directly into a large pot with 3 cups water and boil for 4 minutes; strain before using. If you own a French press, you can add 3 cups boiling water along with the remaining ingredients except the cinnamon stick and let stand for 5 minutes before plunging. Poor the tea into a mug with a cinnamon stick in it and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
Feel free to change it up by adding other detoxifying, antiviral spices such as black or cayenne pepper, cloves, or cumin seeds!
Don’t have time to make your own? Consider bagged antiviral, detoxifying teas such as licorice root, lemon balm, pau d’ Arco, milk thistle, and roasted dandelion root. Just remember that herbs are powerful, so it is best to alternate teas every few weeks.