if you want to lose weight,suffer from bloating, embarrassing flatulence, or just want to remove toxins from your body and increase your digestive abilities, then this is the perfect drink. A combination of basic spices found in every Indian household is the most effective way of naturally removing toxins from our body and aiding in weight loss.
As I entered my mid- forties, I started noticing, it was getting harder to keep my weight off. I wanted to have a high protein diet mixed with lots of fruits and vegetables. For Indians, usually that means a diet rich in beans and lentils and the extra fiber from beans, fruits and salads started creating havoc in my stomach.
I found out that bloating and flatulence are very common symptoms of menopause. You can read more about it here. I also found a detailed explanation here. Growing up we had heard that the most effective remedy for bloating was a combination of Fennel(Sauf) and Carom(Ajwain) seeds. In fact, all Indian meals usually end with a serving of Fennel seeds to aid in the digestive process. All Indian restaurants, both in India and USA usually serve Fennel at the end of every meal. You can read more about the benefits of Fennel here and Carom seeds here.
Slowing down of metabolism comes with its own side effects of weight gain. I had read a lot about the benefits of Cumin(Jeera) for weight loss and this study confirmed what I had heard about that consumption of Cumin/ jeera helps to reduce body fat percentage by almost three times that of people not having Cumin/ Jeera. Coriander seeds and leaves are yet another spice used widely in Ayurveda for digestive purposes and for removal of toxins from the body, you can read more about it here.
The last seed that I add to my concoction is Fenugreek(Methi) seeds. The article here sums up the benefits of methi seeds to reduce the glycemic index and bring about a change in eating patterns that leads to less fat consumption. With so much evidence and wisdom passed down from our ancestors on the benefits of naturally detoxing and improving our digestive abilities, I started brewing this tea every morning and made it a part of my morning routine.
I make a concoction of all these seeds and boil it on medium for 15-20 minutes and mix it with fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice. I take 12 ounces of this tea on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and save the rest for evening. You can choose to sip the remaining 12 oz during the day. You may also add a little fresh ginger and honey, though I don’t add either of the two. I have been drinking this detox tea/drink for the last two years and have found relief from bloating and flatulence. This tea has helped me maintain my weight for the last couple of years. I take it for a month, give a break for 5-7 days and start again.
Here is the written recipe folliwed by the step by step pictorial one-
Yields 2 cups
Fennel,coriander,cumin,ajwain(carom seeds) and methi(fenugreek seeds) combine to make an all natural, effective remedy for weight loss and flatulence.
1 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
21 minTotal Time
- 4 cups water,about 32 oz
- 1/2 tsp Cumin/Jeera seeds
- 1/2 tsp Coriander/Dhania seeds
- 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds/Sauf
- 1/4 tsp Carrom seeds/Ajwain
- 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds/Methi dana
- Lemon juice
- Honey(optional)For vegan option omit honey.
- Put all ingredients in a pan and bring to a rolling boil.
- Lower heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, till you are left with about 24 oz.
- In a cup, squeeze lemon juice, strain half the detox water and drink on an empty stomach every morning.
- Have the second glass in the evening, 30 minutes after dinner.
- If you don't like the taste, you may add honey(omit honey for a vegan option)
Have it regularly for a month, give a one week break and start again.Can also add ginger while boiling.
Here is the step by step pictorial recipe-
In a steel pan, put 32 oz water and all the seeds
Boil the water
Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, till you are left with about 24 oz.
Squeeze lemon /lime juice in a cup and pour half the detox water.
Drink every morning on an empty stomach.
Have the second glass in the evening or sip throughout the day.
Disclaimer– This is not meant to be medical advise. This is what worked for me and I am merely sharing my experience here. Please consult your doctor before starting anything new.
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