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How to Detox your Body with Tea

How to Detox your Body with Tea

Those pesky toxins are getting into our bodies and making us feel cruddy all day! Unfortunately, few of us take the time to detox ourselves, sitting in years of built-up gunk and metals running wild around our bodies.

Detoxes have been given the image of taking up time and intruding on the daily schedules of our busy selves. However, we drink gallons of it every day and some of us swear by it, yet no one has taken the time to really understand the full power of this everyday substance. I’m talking about tea.

Let’s look at how to detox your body with tea.

Go Green

At one point or another, you’ve probably heard about the magical elixir that is green tea. Filled with endless anti-oxidants, vitamins, and general goodness, it has become a staple part of many gym-goers and health-conscious people’s diets.

Some of the features of Green tea include:

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  • Helps burn fat: The anti-oxidant features of the tea help speed up your metabolic rate, resulting in energy being burned, even when not active.
  • Improves immunity: Fights against flu and colds.
  • Super medicine: There have been reports that it can prevent and guard against certain cancers, arthritis, and diabetes.
  • Re-hydrates: Going against common beliefs that tea dehydrates you, green tea has been found to have similar re-hydration effects to our old friend H2O.
  • Neurological: Has been shown to prevent degenerative and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

This is only just a small list of the benefits green tea offers, but I’ll focus in on a super, duper food that harnesses 10 times the power of normal green tea.

Bring in Japanese Matcha Tea. 

Drinking one cup of Matcha tea is equal to 10 cups of green tea, talk about nutritional overload!

Matcha tea is incredibly popular in Japan and is now becoming widely recognized throughout the world for its ability to aid in detox plans and regimes. Some of the key benefits of Matcha tea include:

  • Prevents cancer with its high levels of anti-oxidants named catechins, which seek out and find dangerous free radicals within your body.
  • Prevents heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol, or the bad type.
  • Helps in burning fat by increasing thermogensis from 8 – 10% to 35 – 43%.
  • Contains 5 times more L-theanine, an amino acid which helps with neurological activities, than standard green tea.

Going green is good not just with your vegetables but also with your tea — the greener the better.

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Refresh

Detoxing your body with tea will always consist of 2 parts, the morning being the refresh and the evening being the colon cleanse (explained further in the next section). The refresh in the morning should focus on replacing the lost vitamins and electrolytes from the evening colon cleanse tea, and failing to do so will inhibit the full potential of a tea detox.

A refresh tea should contain a blend of ingredients that have high levels of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and general various other goodies. Matcha tea is a favorite of mine, generally being the key ingredient for my morning refresh tea. You should focus on adding other complimentary ingredients such as:

  • Acai Berry
  • Ginseng
  • Barley Grass
  • Spirulina (another super duper food)

At this point the flavor takes a tumble so don’t expect anything out of this world. However, if you need to add anything to change the flavor, I recommend adding any of these: stevia (natural sweetener), honey, mulberries, ginger powder, or lemon juice.

Colon Cleanse

It sounds pretty scary but for a full body tea detox it’s essential to rid yourself of the daily build up of toxins, metals, and gunk. Like the morning refresh, the colon cleanse tea should have a key ingredient: senna leaf, which will provide the laxative effect.

The FDA has given their consent for Senna to be used as a natural laxative, so no worries there.

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Creating a blend is again vital for increasing the effectiveness of this tea, so I recommend adding some of these ingredients in with your senna leaf:

  • Dried orange peel
  • Dandelion plant
  • Nettle leaf
  • Lemon grass
  • Liquorice root

Not only do they all help to add flavor to the tea, they also increase the effects and benefits of the colon cleanse. Either adding fiber, nutrients, or vitamins, each ingredient should be considered a key part of the detox colon cleanse blend.

Routine

You know about the benefits and powers of tea for detox, so now you need to know how you can use it in your daily life style. You’ll find that it’s actually non-intrusive and super simple to do!

Morning

As soon as you get out of bed, boil water, add lemon slices or juice, and add ginger. This helps with waking up your organs and kick-starting your metabolism.

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20 minutes thereafter, make your morning refresh tea, giving yourself the anti-oxidant, vitamin, and energy boost you need for the rest of the day.

Day

Throughout the day drink multiple cups of green tea, either normal green tea or a blend such as green tea with jasmine (3-6 cups as an example). White tea is also acceptable.

Night

To make your colon cleanse tea of choice, either buy a blend or create your own with the example ingredients I’ve mentioned above.

Follow this routine for 7, 14, or 28 days at a time and see the benefits that are presented to you. Remember that, like any other detox, it’s vital you change up your food plans and meals plans too. You can’t expect changes to take place without commitments elsewhere.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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