Similar to biorhythms that dominate your physical, emotional and intellectual state, Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that your body goes through a 24-hour cycle.
During this cycle, energy, or chi, flows through your essential organs.
As you sleep, chi is redistributed within the body to restore your health. Specifically, the liver does most of its work between 1-3 am. This means that it’s important to take liver-boosting foods before bed to improve its naturally ability to cleanse your body.
To aid this process even more, stay hydrated to give your kidneys enough fluid to process all the toxins you’ve accumulated throughout the day.
8 Detox Teas You Should Drink Every Night
These teas clear up your clogged liver, which will leave you feeling more energized and help your weight loss efforts. All the items on this list can typically be found in health food stores, Asian grocers and online stores.
1. Chamomile Tea
This little flower is often compared to ginseng for its cure-all properties. It has anti-peptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-allergenic properties. Together, these benefits work together to strengthen the liver and protect it from damage.
It’s also used as a relaxing tonic used to relax muscles, relieve tension, cure insomnia and release stress. This will help you get a deep, restful sleep to ensure that your detoxification process is uninterrupted.
Warm lemon water isn’t just good first thing in the morning, it’s also amazing before bed. The citrus fruit contains hesperidin (bioflavonoid), which has hepatoprotective properties. Simply add a few slices of fresh lemon, skin and all, to a cup of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey for even more benefits!
3. Jujube Fruit
Also known as red plum or Korean plum, the jujube fruit has 10,000 years of medical history. Its high levels of iron and phosphorous are used to improve red blood cell health, treat anemia, increase blood flow and boost blood detoxification. It’s also used to treat insomnia and sleep problems as well as strengthen the spleen to ensure blood quality.
4. Lotus Seed
These seeds, also called Lian Zhi, are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to moisten the lungs, relieve cough and expel toxins. It also has tranquilizing properties which prevent insomnia and can be combined with lavender to ease anxiety as well.
Rose doesn’t just smell wonderful, it also has bitter and warm properties used by Chinese Medicine to heal the liver and spleen meridians. It’s also believed to improve flow of blood and energy. It also improves digestion and heals most stomach ailments.
Peppermint is probably best known as a digestive aid, but its anti-inflammatory properties heal most liver and gallbladder complaints. Plus, it’s delicious and calming, making it a relaxing pre-bed snack.
7. Oatmeal Water
Oatmeal water is made by preparing oatmeal with extra water as to be able to collect the extra water once your oatmeal is cooked. The water takes on the nutrients of the grain and drinking it can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, regulate your bowel movements, calm your mind, cleanse your body of toxins, and much more.
8. Schizandra Berries
Schizandra is traditionally used to treat liver disease and increase energy. It also contains schisandrin, a hepatoprotective compound which increases your organ’s resistance to disease, poisons and stress. The berries also protect your body from radiation damage and boost adrenal health.