My Favorite Naturally Flavored Detox Drink - Tummy Tamer

Forget buying expensive detox drinks sold at your local super market this drink is refreshing and packed with amazing, simple, detoxifying, and inexpensive ingredients. Your body and bank account will thank you it. Here's what you'll need:
Ingredients
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 1 large organic cucumber
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 tbsp ginger(use 1/2 tbsp if it's too strong for you)
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 large pitcher (mason jars can be used as well)
Directions
  • Place mint into pitcher or mason jar filled with water 
  • Gently muddle mint leaf. Do not pulverize the leaves simple bruise the leaves so that the flavors will be released
  • Slice cucumber and lemon and add to pitcher or mason jar
  • Stir contents and store in refrigerator overnight or at least for four hours
  • Enjoy
Note: Consume this concoction within 2 days

Benefits:
                                                 Lemon 
  • It is important to maintain a slightly positive alkaline state in order to fight off illnesses. Although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help to push our bodies to the required pH alkaline state of around 7.4.
  • Detoxification - Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier and cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system. It helps the body in the removal of toxins and provides you with a great overall detox.
  • Get rid of parasites - Intestinal parasites thrive on an acidic digestive system so by changing the environment to alkaline naturally kills them off. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar will help to slough off parasites.
  • Canker Sore Remedy - Antibacterial & AntiViral -  The proven antibacterial and antiviral properties of lemons can accelerate the healing process in the case of cankers. Mix the juice of freshly squeezed lemon into a glass of lukewarm water and rinse your mouth with this solution; do this three times a day.
  • Fever- Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration. To ease the symptoms of fever and the chills: add the juice of 1 lemon to a cup of hot water with honey and drink every 2 hours until the fever or chill subsides.
  • Cold and flu - Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. At the first indication of a cold, try to give your body as much immune-boosting vitamin C as you can so that the virus is eliminated before it gets a chance to take hold. Drink the freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon in a glass of lukewarm water every 2 hours. If you have a sore throat, add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup lukewarm water. Gargle three times a day for 1 minute. You can swallow the juice when you have finished gargling thereby benefiting from an immune-boosting vitamin C shot.
  • Nausea, vomiting and travel sickness - Take a glass of lemon juice diluted with some water to help with travel sickness and nausea. Or suck on the lemon wedge for a minute or two, or until the nausea subsides. Throw the used lemon away and rinse your mouth out with water. Lemon contains acid that can corrode tooth enamel, so it is very important to rinse with water after sucking on or eating a lemon.
Cucumbers 
  • Reduce the build up of water in the circulatory system, letting you flush out the excess water instead of leaving inside to build up. Cucumbers contain silica which help your build healthy muscle tissue as well as known for helping clear skin that is prone to acne.
  • Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
  • Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas.
  • Cuts cancer. Cut down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.
  • Stabilizes blood pressure. Patients of blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.
  • Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
  • Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  • Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.
Mint 
  • Can help stop stomach aches, reduce headaches and decrease congestion. It also kills any harmful bacteria, keeping your mouth naturally clean.
  • Soothing the digestive tract and if you are having stomach ache then it can be of great help
  • Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, cleanses the stomach and also clear up skin disorders such as acne.
  • Mint acts as a cooling sensation to the skin and helps in dealing with skin irritations.
  • Mint helps in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth and combat bad breath.
  • Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.
Ginger 
  • Aids in circulation, helps clear up sinuses and reduce gas symptoms. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which can help in reducing joint pain and aches.
  • Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
  • Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses
  • Ginger helps reduce flatulence. Enough said =)
  • Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger or have a sip of ginger tea
  • Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
  • Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater.
All these ingredients have many health benefits (only a few listed above), but essentially all help aid in digestion. This is why I refer to it as my tummy taming water. Drinking this water will not cause you to retain water aka bloating. It will cleanse your body and leave you feeling refreshed.

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