Occasionally our self-cleaning mechanisms can get sluggish, and need a bit of spring cleansing and fine tuning. If you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, unable to sleep, or may find yourself constipated, bloated or fatigued with dark under eye circles and dull skin…..then I your health coach, suggest you to go for a simple five minutes strawberry cinnamon detox to give your liver and kidneys a break and to flush your blood and body of unwanted toxins.
Digestion Boost with Strawberries
Strawberries, the ruby red fruit, are full of potassium, vitamin C, and folate, as well as ellagic acid (the cancer-fighting compound). Dr.Paul Thornalley and his research team at the Warwick Medical School in the UK, strawberry extract activate Nrf2.1 (a protein) that increases the body’s production of enzymes and antioxidants responsible for lowering blood cholesterol levels and removing toxins from the body.
Weight Loss Made Easy By Cinnamon
Derived from the bark of the cinnamon tree, cinnamon is not only rich in iron, manganese, and calcium, but may also play a role in weight loss. According to Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, report of 2010, cinnamon may help to prevent the accumulation of stored fat. The study author, fed two groups of rats a diet high in sugar and fat. The authors of the study, concluded that the groups of rats that were given cinnamon gain less weight, leading them to say that the spice was the key to purge the body fat.
Other research suggests that cinnamon can help:
- Lower triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Improve digestion
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Impart antibacterial and antiviral benefit
- Decrease inflammation
Add a Dash of Honey
I would suggest you to add a dash of honey, while preparing this detox drink as research suggests that it may help prevent fat storage. According to the Journal of Food Science, the rats who were given honey lost weight regardless of the fact that they ate more, in comparison with rats who were given sucrose, or no sugar at all. Researchers concluded that honey helps fat to pass out of the digestive system and prevent fat from storing in the body.
Mix it up
Mix 5 strawberries (cut in half), a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of honey with 1 liter of water. Steep the strawberry, cinnamon detox for overnight and enjoy it in the morning for five minutes. I would advise you, to include this detox as a weekly detox program or as an occasional detox treat.
By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain
Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,