My aversion to pills ( yes, I dislike them even though I’m a doctor) and my love for naturalistic tendency as a way to treat many health problems, took me into a research to find a way for preventing myself of increasing the health problems I have to deal with, at a personal level.
Those are small isolated problems but, as any little thing, in addition, it might feel like a real sickness. Since I was a baby I can’t move stools daily, not even if I try it (there is a high psychological component on that but it’s a real disorder). I was found having kidney stones at age 18; gastritis is a family issue I’m living with since early adolescence; also premenstrual and during period symptoms and recurrent pelvic congestion are a thing I deal with every month, even after I did delivery my baby.
So, tired of pain killers and laxatives and conventional therapies that ended up in other complications, or usually helped with one issue and increased the other one; I dedicated myself to find an answer in the nature. Read about herbs, condiments, minerals … ; tried many home remedies from countries I have been or not around the globe. It was interesting how ancient therapies were common to many different and very distanced cultures. That proved me how we are more connected as humanity than we regularly think.
The result of my study and using a trial- error technique, was an infusion that it might be considered a detoxifying tea, with fat burning and colon cleansing properties. Amazingly, since the first week, I found myself moving stools on alternate days, instead of the 5 or more days period that I painfully used to do it. There was a change, as an evident diuretic effect (increased volume and frequency of urination) and expulsion of like-sand substances in the first weeks; so that water was evidently cleaning my kidneys and urinary tract.
Previous to my period I can’t say that disappeared the pain or other signs, but my lower abdomen was looking more flat, and yes, there was less pain and the bleeding was normal since second day, not prolonged days with spots so there was evidently less inflammation or less congestion.
After the first month of regularly drinking this beverage, I was feeling more energetic, there was not recurrent heartburn, my appetite was better so I started eating more, and there was not excessive increase of weight; it seems like my digestions did improve and it was true that some of the components are fat burners as some studies promote.
There was not adverse reaction for me, so it was a suitable therapy in my particular case, that I can strongly recommend today except for those who has allergy to any of the components or for people with a health conditions where those are contraindications. But good news: you can eliminate any of the ingredients (except the water of course) and to obtain almost same results!
1 1/2 Liters boiling water
1 cube of 2 cm fresh ginger grated or sliced
1 cube of 1 cm fresh turmeric root sliced
A handful of mint
1 piece cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 soup spoon honey
1 lemon divided in quarters
Put all ingredients previously cleaned and processed as described in a 2 Liters pot and add the boiling water. Leave till cool or overnight then filter. Drink 1L of the preparation daily at the temperature you decide, as it is suitable cold, reheated in a pot or microwaved.
Some of the benefits of this remedy:
Ginger: helps with skin diseases; menstrual problems and pelvic inflammation; lows cholesterol levels; cleans liver and kidneys; relieves stomach and guts symptoms like: pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation. It might low your Blood Pressure and sugar levels, so you must not take it in excess if you have medication for these diseases, because together reduce too much the levels of blood sugar and blood pressure and bring complications; consult your doctor on that. Do not take during pregnancy, breastfeeding, if you have blood problems or coagulation disorders or previous to any surgery.
Turmeric: same like ginger, with same precautions but also turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse. Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones, a bile duct obstruction or Gastroesophageal reflux. Also use with precaution if you are a man currently wanting to have babies, as in excess these roots mights reduce fertility temporary.
Mint: relaxing and relieve headache; for treating skin problems; relief of menstrual disorders and gastric pain; reduce signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome( colon disease). Do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding or if you suffer from Gastroesophageal reflux. Consult your doctor to consume it together with treatment for Diabetes because have same effect reducing blood sugar.
Cinnamon: Menstrual problems, nausea, vomiting, high blood sugar, constipation, lowering blood sugar, fat burner, skin disorders, pelvic inflammation… But avoid it during pregnancy, breastfeeding, previous to surgery or if you have any Liver disease.
Honey: cleans your body and improves your defenses against diseases, expectorant, relief of gastrointestinal symptoms, skin problems, diuretic, fat burner. Precaution if allergy.
Lemon: to treat kidney stones, diuretic, antioxidant and improve body defence, treat respiratory problems… the contraindication is also allergy.
It is safe to drink this infusion for periods of at about 8 weeks then stop 2 months and back to drink it if you feel that you need it. It is intended for people older than 12 years old. The main contraindications for all the ingredients is to drink it excessively and allergies. This preparation is way lower than the basic doses so it’s in general within the safe rang; but always tell your doctor before taking a medication or remedy, more if you have any particular health condition. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are both special situations that require a consultation for taking any drug or even natural treatment.
It is not magic, but it is generally harmless; combined with a healthy life style it results to be a very helpful tool for weight loss and to improve your health status.