Many ingredients especially in western countries have toxic long term effects on our body by putting additional stress to our internal organs, leading in worst case to reduced organ function.
By detoxing our body we can start “breathing” again. It is Taoist tradition to detoxify the body for at least once a year to ensure the internal bodily functions. What does that mean?
- Only eat fresh and natural food.
- Eat less, only when your body really tells you.
- Don’t eat spices or salt during your detoxing period.
- Simply steam your food, don’t overcook and don’t eat raw.
- You can drink grease reducing teas for supporting the cleaning process.
Taoists have one powerful harmonizing tea! The secret is:
Chinese licorice root (Glycyrrhizae uralensis) is a deliciously sweet and unctuous tonic that is known as “the great adjunct” for its harmonizing or supporting influence when used with other herbs. This is due to its effectiveness at enhancing the main properties of other herbs and is therefore a common ingredient in many Chinese patent formulas or herbal preparations. It is a Chi tonic beneficial to the spleen, stomach, kidney and lung systems. Licorice is also known for its detoxifying effects that help to neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body. These cleansing attributes are said to “allow for all energies to flow more smoothly.” Licorice helps to enhance digestion and its cooling nature is effective as a natural anti-inflammatory. It is building to the muscles and nourishing to the adrenals.
Most herbal combinations increase the medicinal function with Licorice Root.
Grease Reducing Tea
Many give Pu-erh tea remarkable credit for restoring and maintaining good health. Generations of Chinese have drunk this tea after rich meals to “cut the grease.” Pu-erh tea is probiotic and helps maintain a good ‘gut’. The microbes found in pu-erh tea include Aspergillus Niger, Saccharomyces and Penicillium.
Chinese tea drinkers have known of the health benefits of pu-erh tea for centuries, and recent scientific research have bolstered many of these traditional claims. Pu-erh tea is effective in lowering blood cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, and preventing intestinal infection. Many report that drinking it after meals relieves any overstuffed feelings and aids digestion. Pu-erh tea is also high in antioxidants which are necessary to protect us from a whole range of diseases including cancer and heart disease.
Scientific studies have shown that two antioxidant compounds: theabrownin and gallic acid activate enzymes in our body responsible for fat metabolism. These antioxidants shrink fat tissue and help the body keep fat off weeks after ingestion. The caffeine in pu-erh helps speed metabolism, making the body more efficient at digesting a meal.