Yoga Detox Drink
The drink that your body will thank you for!
This holiday season with all of the family gatherings, it is quite typical for someone in your family to eat too much.
I want to share with you that there is something you can do about it (besides sitting on the couch in a sub catatonic state).
Your immune system and your health depend on healthy elimination of toxins from your body, as you can only contain so many damaging substances before your system slows down and starts to produce symptoms of illness. It is estimated that over 90% of diseases can be attributed directly or indirectly to an unhealthy digestive system and the foods that are presented to it. Its so common for people to get sick right after Thanksgiving.
This may be due to the overeating, the crazy food combining mixed with the late night eating & over sleeping. (and perhaps a little alcohol was thrown into the mix too…only weakening the digestive system) But, you had fun, right?
All of our physical and mental health is a direct result of our diet. Food has life force, what we call prana, energy that comes from the sun and from the earth. From heaven and earth this life energy comes to us and then becomes a part of us. We have our most intimate moments not with people, please understand, our most intimate moments are with food. What we eat becomes us.
As my yoga teacher Dharma Mittra says, you eat fried food, you feel fried. You eat cooked food, you feel cooked. You eat live food and you become alive. Sometimes, even the purest of yogis can slip and eat something that they may regret later.
Please do not cry too much over eating too much, I have a solution. This drink is a very special drink for many ailments afflicting people today. Thee are so many ailments this may alleviate, but theres way too many for me to even list. Today we will focus on the digestive enhancement from this magical drink. ￼
“Your immune system and your health depend on healthy elimination of toxins from your body, as you can only contain so many damaging substances before your system slows down and starts to produce symptoms of illness. It is estimated that over 90% of diseases can be attributed directly or indirectly to an unhealthy digestive system and the foods that are presented to it.
Ingredients: 1. 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2. 1/2 cup honey 3. 2 lemons, juiced or 1/3 cup lemon (*or more) 4. Tumeric root, 3-4 3” pieces * 5. Ginger root , 3-4 3” pieces * 6. Noni juice- 1 cup 7. small red fresh chilis*
Only use fresh, organic ingredients. Please avoid the use of powders. Blend all these ingredients in blender. To assure that everything blended properly, It is best to use a Blend Tec or a Vitamix blender. Other blenders may require you to chop the ginger & tumeric into smaller pieces to assure it blends. DO NOT ADD WATER. Strain the pulp. I use a paint strainer bag from the hardware store. Put into a glass jar. If you use a mason jar, do not use the metal cap. This drink makes the cap rust. Keep the liquid in a bottle, in the fridge & consume 1TBSP after meals.
Heres why this drink is so good for you.
Apple cider vinegar assists digestion. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to relieve hiccups. It may help cut fats and assist the fat metabolism, and science is even researching how apple cider vinegar may assist to reduce cholesterol in the blood. Apple cider is great for the liver, the gall bladder and really helps a lot with digestive issues such as bloating. Honey has anti bacterial and anti microbial properties.
Honey has enzymes which assist in digestion, and its a healthy thing that tastes really really good. (which is so great) Make sure you always buy organic, raw, and unheated honey.
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are supported in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a detoxifying, cleansing agent. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also has been shown to reduce mental stress and depression.
Tumeric has been used in foods for thousands of years. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. Tumeric has been reported to assist in lowering cholesterol, detoxify the liver, be an aid in weight loss, to be an antinflammatory and has been used to treat depression. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger has a natural heating tendency and is very good to keep you warmed up in cooler climates. Ginger is a known anti inflammatory and a digestive tonic. It soothes a scratchy throat, helps motion sickness, seasickness and morning sickness. It contains anti viral, anti fungal and can help prevent colds. Ginger is a good antihistamine and is used in the treatment of allergies. Ginger displays anti inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders. Thus the root has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment, in some cases, even more so than the NSAID’s that are traditionally prescribed. The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal in order to ease the digestion process. Due to its promotion of mucus secretion, ginger protects against the development of ulcers, unwanted holes in the lining of your stomach. Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots. Ginger is often used to settle an upset stomach or treat severe stomach ailments such as dyspepsia or colic.
Noni is a fruit native to Hawaii and other tropical places. It is a great digestive tonic as it is very high in enzymes. Noni is very high in minerals and vitamins. It is a true superfood. Noni has been used to assist with sugar metabolism issues such as diabetes. It can be found bottled as a juice in the health food store.
Chilis create the heat needed to fire up the digestion and helps metabolize fats in the body. Chilis burn fats and help the blood move through the circulatory system.
Enjoy your special drink. This drink tastes great.
Kids, as well as the most finicky eaters love it.
Its great before meals, after meals, on your fasting days, as well as on your feasting days. Remember, its all about BALANCE. right?