Thursday, December 1, 2011

Therapy Thursday: Detox Lemonade

So, I discovered an easy and tasty way to include medicinal herbs in my diet.  I was watching "The 7 Deadly Sins of Nutrition" with Dr. Joe Esposito, and he recommended this great idea.  It's so easy and delicious, I can't believe more people haven't discovered this.  Basically, you just make ice cubes out of freshly squeezed lemons, water and any fresh herbs you want to add to your diet.

Fresh herbs are always better, but they don't always stick around in the fridge for very long.  How many times have you bought ginger, burdock root, fresh mint, etc. and found it wilted at the bottom of the produce drawer weeks later?  Now you can use those fresh herbs in a blended lemon tonic that you freeze in your ice cube trays.  Once a day, you can throw a couple of ice cubes in water and have a refreshing, tangy treat that's great for you.

There are dozens of fresh herbs available at natural food stores and farmer's markets.  Some of the most medicinal are ginger root, garlic, turmeric, burdock root, aloe vera and green herbs like mint, cilantro and basil.  You might have to experiment to see which flavor combinations work for you, but enough lemon can make almost anything palatable.  If your not happy with the flavors, add some stevia or other natural sweetener.

Here's what it's my freezer right now: lemon, ginger, turmeric and spring water ice cubes.  Lemon is a great detoxifier and immune builder.  Ginger has numerous health benefits including anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and anti-spasmic (calms the stomach) properties. Turmeric is what makes curry yellow.  It's one of the most revered herbs in India and is now gaining recognition in the West.  It's anti-inflammatory properties are nearly unprecedented.  Also, there are ongoing studies with cancer patients that look very promising.  It's also known to detox the liver and keep the heart healthy and strong.

To make my ice cubes, I squeezed six lemons and added the juice to three cups of water.  I sliced about one inch of fresh turmeric and one inch of fresh ginger and added these to the mix.  I blended them at high speed until smooth and then put into my ice cube trays.  You should be able to make two to three ice cube trays.  Feel free to experiment with different herbs and combinations.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman

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