Detox Iced Teas: 3 Chilling Ways To Beat The Heat
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One of the best ways to stay healthy in the heat and keep your body running efficiently is to drink enough liquid throughout the day. While you should keep an eye on how much sugar is added to your beverages before choosing them, store-bought beverages tend to be high in sugar. It is easy to stay healthy and hydrated at home with refreshing drinks that are not only delicious but also detoxifying.

Detox drinks are very helpful for cleansing the body and improving its health. Detoxifying fruits and vegetables can help flush out harmful and unnecessary toxins. Regular consumption of these detox ingredients can help you lose weight and boost your metabolism. Iced teas are always on the summer menu. Instead of buying store-bought drinks this summer, you are making your own at home. When you make it in your kitchen, you can have both flavour and detoxifying properties. Here are three recipes for you to beat the dreadful summer heat and kickstart your detox journey. The combination of green or mint tea, cucumber, fresh mint, lemon juice, and ginger is a powerful body cleanser that is also delicious. All the ingredients in this iced tea work together to aid in detoxification and promote a healthy balance within the body. To give you an idea, green tea helps with a number of things, such as weight loss, weight management, and cancer prevention. Cucumbers contain Vitamins A, B, and C, which boost the immune system. Additionally, they provide minerals for healthy skin, such as magnesium, potassium, and silicon. You can use lemons to restore the pH balance of your body and to cleanse your liver. As a result of the high amounts of vitamin C in them, they are also immune boosters. One of the benefits of ginger is that it helps control blood sugar levels and increases your body temperature, boosting metabolism and promoting weight loss.

You may know that iced tea was first invented at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair. According to research, it was more accurate to say that ‘iced tea was popularized at the Fair since many recipe books and other materials mention iced tea prior to 1904. Americans in the southern part of the country have been enjoying cold tea since the late 1800s. During the summer, hot tea would cool down and then be drunk. Ice was added if they could afford it to cool it even further. In 1904, an Englishman named Richard Blechnyden built a tea pavilion to promote Indian black teas at the World's Fair. Chinese green tea was popular in the Midwest and other parts of the United States at the time, but black tea was not as well known. St Louis experienced a heat wave that summer, and few people were interested in the hot black tea. Blechynden decided to buy blocks of ice, make ice chips and serve iced tea. People enjoyed the cool, refreshing beverage. 

Detox iced tea

1. Lemon, Ginger, and Basil Detox Iced Tea


1. One lemon

2. Five thinly sliced ginger coins

3. Ten fresh basil leaves

4. Three tablespoons of raw honey

5. Four cups of boiling water

6. Optional: Lemon slices and fresh basil for garnish


1. Cut the lemon in half and juice it into a large one qt. 

2. Mason jar, removing any seeds.

3. Add the lemon halves into a pitcher, along with the ginger coins, honey, and fresh basil leaves.

4. Pour boiling water into the pitcher. 

5. Allow to steep until cool, and then remove the ginger, basil, and lemon halves.

6. Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices and fresh basil, if desired.

2. Detox Blueberry Coconut Iced Green Tea


1. 2 green tea bags

2. ½ cup of frozen blueberries

3. 1 ½ tbsp raw honey

4. 3 tbsps of fresh lemon juice

5. 4 cups coconut water, heated

6. Optional: Fresh blueberries and mint leaves for garnish


1. Add the blueberries, tea bags, honey, and lemon juice into a pitcher.

2. Pour boiling coconut water into the pitcher.

3. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the tea bags.

4. Serve over ice, garnished with fresh blueberries and mint, if desired.

3. Cinnamon Turmeric Detox Iced Tea


1. 2 black tea bags

2. ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon

3. ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric

4. 1 tablespoon of raw honey

5. 4 cups of boiling water

6. Optional: Additional ground cinnamon and turmeric for garnish


1. Add the tea bags, cinnamon, turmeric, and raw honey to a pitcher.

2. Pour boiling water into the pitcher. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove tea bags.

3. Serve over ice, garnished with additional ground cinnamon and turmeric, if desired.