I drink this tea of ginger, lime (or lemons), mint, honey and apple cider vinegar almost everyday to help soothe my stomach. I have suffered from severe endometriosis since I was about 14 and along with endometriosis comes a lot of bloating, nausea, fatigue, sharp pains and digestive issues that are not fun to deal with.
Endometriosis causes very painful cramps during menstruation, but also causes a plethora of annoying tummy troubles all year round. Over the past three years I was experiencing stomach pains almost everyday that were caused by my endometriosis and tried everything to ease it. After plenty of trial and error I found that 3 things worked for me- exercising daily, eating clean foods and this tea. After drinking this once daily for 2 months I realized that most of my endometriosis symptoms had drastically lessened and my periods were not as unbearable. Not only did this tea help with endometriosis, but also reduced my bloated 3 months pregnant looking belly (HALLELUJAH!!!) and strengthened my immune system.
I would highly recommend giving this recipe a try if you suffer from any type of stomach issues, want to relieve excess bloating, and want to detoxify your body. When combined with the right food and exercise routines this tea is also very effective in aiding weight loss. This is seriously like a magic tea (no instgram "flat tummy tea" BS) this is the real deal and best of all it's NATURAL!
Here's why this tea is great for soothing stomach issues and all around health:
Ginger- This powerful plant contains gingerol which works as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Ginger is linked to treating nausea, indigestion, inflammation of muscles, body aches and soreness (including from exercise), lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, preventing infections, arthritis, diabetes, ulcers, and cancer just to name a few.
Mint- Promotes digestion and reduces nausea and headaches (migraines are also a side effect of endometriosis) and helps in preventing female sterility. Mint also aids in weight loss by stimulating digestive enzymes to use stored fat as energy instead of being absorbed by the body.
Lime- You can use limes or lemons for this tea, I personally like the taste of limes in this better.(Sidenote: I usually drink a glass of water with lemon as soon as I wake up every morning to detoxify my body and get everything moving). Lime is packed with vitamin C, fiber, iron, magnesium and potassium which all work to break down the food we consume. Lime naturally burns fat, aids in digestion and removes toxic substances that naturally occur in the kidneys and bladder.
Honey- If you read my last post on honey then you already know some of its powerful benefits. I use honey in this tea to reduce acid reflux, boost the immune system and boost energy. Honey is also anti bacterial and contains probiotics which keep the gut clean with good bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar- ACV is another ingredient I use everyday, I'll post all of the benefits and uses soon. When ingested, apple cider vinegar balances the body's pH, boosts probiotics, detoxifies the liver and lymphatic system, increases metabolism (which promotes weight loss) and treats acid reflux and heartburn.
Here's how you make the Tummy Tamer Tea:
6 cups of water (I make enough to fill a pitcher so I can drink it iced or hot)
3 sprigs of mint ( equivalent of 10-12 mint leaves)
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced into 3 or 4 pieces
2 small limes, cut in half
3-4 tbs of organic/raw honey (more can be added to sweeten, but don't go overboard)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Add water, ginger, mint and limes into a pot and bring to a boil.
Next, while the water is boiling add honey and apple cider vinegar to a pitcher( any large glass container you have will work).
After the tea has been brought to a boil, add it to the pitcher and stir to combine the honey and vinegar.
Leave the ginger and mint to steep for an extra 10 minutes but throw out the limes right away so the tea doesn't get bitter.
Then, drink up and give your stomach some much needed relief and tlc- Enjoy!