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There’s no hiding from it anymore – drinking soda will kill you.
Before all of the research was out, you could ignore the little voice in your head whispering for you not to enjoy your favorite soft drink and you could talk yourself into believing that a teeny tiny bit more won’t hurt.
You’ll cut back starting tomorrow… you promise.
Well, now it’s in your face. Studies prove that if you consume one (just one!) soft drink per day, you are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Consuming soda also elevates your blood pressure, causes cancer and periodontal disease.
Well, that’s all good and well, but how exactly are you supposed to kick the soda habit?
Take my advice – try the homemade detox tea solution.
I was completely skeptical at first myself (hell, I don’t even drink tea). Then I tried the following DIY detox tea recipe that has been in my family (on the Greek side) for years. Shockingly enough, it tastes good (and I drink it without added sugars or even honey) hot and cold, it gives me more pep than soda (who knew?!), and I can make it once per week, bottle it, and use it everyday in place of my favorite soft drinks pretty easily and conveniently.
Try the detox tea recipe. I’d love to know how it worked for you in the comment section below!
Mint leaves add a nice refreshing flavor to your detox tea recipe and give you fresh breath. And let’s face it, if you plan on drinking something every morning, it better taste good. Otherwise what’s the point. The idea is to start a pleasurable habit that’s also good for you. Feeling nauseous after downing some apple cider vinegar is not exactly a fun way to start the day… nor does it lend itself to successfully implementing a new habit.
Coincidentally, besides having one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, mint also helps you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver to the gall bladder, to the small intestine where it breaks down fats.
This is what I call a win-win.
Pep up your morning with a little peppermint.
There’s a reason it’s so popular in everything from gum to shampoo – it tastes so goooood 🙂
Remember to give some to your kids too; peppermint kills the pathogen which produces chronic and life-threatening meningitis.
Check out the nutrients in peppermint here.
Sage is what will make you give up the soda. As a stimulant tonic, sage gives you the high you are currently getting from sugar and caffeine. I have low blood pressure and sage saves me from dizziness and fainting.
Now, let’s take a look at the science.
Sage has been studied intensively and research shows that not only does sage have high antioxidant, anti-diarrheal and anti-bacterial properties, it is also a free radical scavenger. This is why sage helps with memory retention and hot flashes, while fighting against diabetes, cancer, cholesterol and obesity.
Check out the nutrients in sage here.
Chamomile has been proven to to support the gastrointestinal system and help you detox faster. It is anti-inflammatory, anticancer and so safe it is used to treat infants with colic conditions. The fact that it helps fight osteoporosis and diabetes is the cherry on top.
Olive Tree Leaves
After all the publicity it gets, you’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind if you didn’t already know that olive oil (which comes from the olives themselves) is good for you.
But did you know about the leaves from the olive tree? Surprise!
I do like surprises 🙂
Olive tree leaves are a natural treatment for diabetes and obesity, and they combat the free radical damage that causes memory loss and Alzheimer’s, boost the immune system and contain so many antioxidants that they reverse years of damage to your skin and signs of ageing (oh boy! sign me up). So potent in fact, that they protect against HIV and leukemia.
Sideritis (aka ironwort – who comes up with these?!)
Don’t worry, I’m sure we can work together to come up with a better nickname to be included in the urban dictionary soon.
Every. Single. One.
To make your homemade detox tea, simply boil all of the ingredients together and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice (not just because lemon tastes good, but because it will help you lose weight faster).
Is it 1,000 degrees out and you don’t want to boil?
Simply throw it all together and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Now you can kiss soda goodbye (and good riddance!).