Fat Digestion and Metabolism Boost Tea

After the holiday ‘overeating trend’, you’re probably experiencing some extra pounds and maybe a slow stagnant digestive system. Winter cold season is not the best time to fast neither cleanse on raw food, but there’re some things you can still do: adjust your diet both in quality and meal scheduling, be more conscious of what and how you’re eating, exercise and be more physically active, keep stress under control through practicing yoga, meditation or similar techniques…

I’ll post soon some insights on nutrition adjustements for the season, but for today here’s a tip and recipe from The Joyful Belly to help produce more bile and therefore boost your digestive system to better process food and especially fats.

Lemon and Spice Weight Loss Tea Recipe and Benefits

Courtesy of The Joyful Belly:  http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/LemonSpice-Weight-Loss-Tea/299

1/16 tsp Cayenne Pepper Vata pacifying Pitta aggravating Kapha pacifying
1 c Water Vata pacifying Pitta pacifying Kapha aggravating
1/4 lemon Lemon Vata pacifying Pitta aggravating Kapha pacifying
1 tsp Honey Vata aggravating Pitta aggravating Kapha pacifying
1/8 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar Vata pacifying Pitta aggravating Kapha pacifying
*Hippiedou’s note: The symbols V, P and K on the right end of the ingredient list indicate if they’re vata, pitta and kapha ‘compatible’. Overall this recipe is ideal for Vata and Kapha, and to avoid for truly Pitta people. Generally, a Pitta individual has anyways a strong digestive fire, and unless they experience a Vata imbalance due to season, or other conditions, they shouldn’t need a digestion booster.

Place ingredients in hot water and stir. Drink in the morning upon waking, a 1/2 hr before meals, or sip slowly after meals. You may use any type of vinegar although we prefer apple cider vinegar for taste.
ayurvedic notes

Lemon, honey, vinegar and cayenne form a classic, vivacious Ayurvedic blend to boost fat digestion and metabolism. A strong sour taste encourages the free flow of bile from your liver and gall bladder to your gut. After drinking Lemon & Spice tea, a warm sensation about the midriff will confirm these effects.

Bile & Fat Reduction

Bile is nature’s fat digester. Its presence in your gut helps digest high-fat foods. When these foods linger in the stomach and small intestine a person feels heavy and sluggish. Drinking Lemon & Spice tea restores energy and vitality by helping the body digest these foods.

Since bile is oily, its production pulls fat out of your bloodstream. When you don’t eat enough green vegetables, bile tends to build up and thicken in the liver and gall bladder, forming gallstones. LemonSpice Weight Loss Tea cleanses the liver and gall bladder by flushing the bile from them. Since bile also contains toxins, LemonSpice aids detoxification of the blood.

Groggy Mornings

A heavy, late night meal will (more often than not) sit in your digestive tract throughout the night, stagnant and undigested, till the next morning. When this happens you may wake up to find your stomach feels like a throbbing brick weighing you down, making you feel tired and groggy. This is actually not far from the truth. LemonSpice directly counteracts food coma and groggy mornings.

Vinegar and cayenne add an intense metabolic spark that improves energy and enthusiasm. Together with warm water, they strongly stimulate digestion and clear mucus accumulations from the stomach. This has the effect of improving circulation and revving up metabolism, effectively clearing Kapha from the blood as well.

And remember that as for anything else, when it comes to eating the secret is: Moderation.

Bon Appétit!