If you’ve ever wondered why “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star” and former model Yolanda Foster was so adamant about the Master Cleanse, at least until her health was derailed by Lyme disease, it was all about the cayenne.
Cayenne is one of the many spices in your cabinet that can help flush out toxins that can leave you feeling slugging and slow, giving you a healthy start to the New Year.
Cayenne and the Master Cleanse
This is designed to give you a diet jump start. It helps you drop a few pounds, and resets your body so you are more in tune with your health and how you feel.
The idea is to do it for 10 days, drinking as much plain water as you want during that time, as well as salt water in the morning and detox tea at night to help increase the effectiveness of the cleanse.
- 60 ounces of filtered water
- 12 tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup
- 12 tablespoons fresh-squeeze lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix together well. This recipe makes one day’s serving of lemonade.
In addition to helping flush away toxins, cayenne also speeds metabolism – all hot peppers offer this particular perk – and aids in digestion, helping to reestablish good bacteria for a stronger immune system and more energy.
Cayenne also helps improve blood flow, reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
“I keep my arteries clean with herbs. They’re cheap, easy to use and they work,” said Dick Quinn, who was able to prolong his life for 18 years by using cayenne pepper after he suffered a near-fatal heart attack at the age of 42.
Turmeric is one of the best spices to help liver function, which is especially important when it comes to flushing toxins.
Your liver is a workhorse, taking on every unhealthy thing you ingest in your body, filtering away the bad while keeping the good. Turmeric helps the liver become a better filter, so toxins don’t hang around causing problems, including zapping your energy.
This Mexican staple – also popular in chili – is a wonderful detoxifying agent because it helps give your digestive system a real boost.
When your digestive tract is cleansed of toxins, your body is better able to absorb the nutrients it gets from the food you eat. The more nutrients you are able to take in, the less likely your body will be to crave what it’s missing.
Unlike antibiotics, cardamom can decide which bacteria is good – and which is not – and help destroy the harmful bacteria while keeping good bacteria, which is the core of our immune system, intact.
Use cardamom in conjunction with other spices that aid digestion and your immune system will be poised to take on whatever the winter months decide to send your way.