Our body is amazingly efficient, and peeing is one of the ways our body gets rid of toxins.
Frequent urination helps to remove toxins and excess water from our body, keeping it in tip top condition.
Alas, modern times are busy times. So much so that we rarely even have the time to drink enough water, much less take the much needed toilet breaks.
So it’s not surprising that toxins and excess water gets retained in our bodies, disrupting the much needed healthful balance.
This often results in painful and embarrassing conditions like infections along our urinary tracts, bladders, and even pelvis!
But more importantly, did you know that peeing well is super essential for our feminine health?
When we hydrate well, we naturally go to the bathroom more. This process helps to keep our feminine health in balance, while removing unnecessary toxins.
The notion of drinking eight glasses of water is a bit outdated. It is certainly useful as a rule of thumb, but may not be best reflective of your personal needs.
A good guide would be to look at your urine output.
If the color of your urine is between pale yellow to clear, and you can pee without any discomfort, this generally means you are hydrating enough and removing enough!
Over at CFO, we like to think of food as medicine.
It is definitely possible to pee your way to good health with some simple natural remedies.
Here are some of our top favorites.
1. Azuki Bean / Red Bean Water
Red bean water is a really popular beauty remedy in Taiwan, especially among the ladies.
So much so that you can even find packaged red bean water in stores, marketed by gorgeous models. It’s been linked with weight loss, improving cardiovascular health, diabetes protection, and even cancer prevention!
Red bean water is quite easy to make.
You don’t actually eat the beans, although you can, if you cooked the beans to softness. But if you did, you actually just made popular chinese dessert - red bean soup. But this is a recipe for another time!
Although some people suggest to just steep the dried beans in hot water (like how you would do with tea bags), I find that the flavor comes out better when you boil the beans in hot water for about 15 minutes.
The beans remain hard-ish, but the water will become red in color. There is no need to soak the beans before hand.
I usually boil half a cup of dried azuki beans in about 3 litres of water for 15 minutes, and letting it rest for another 15 before serving.
Some people may find the taste funky, like soy milk, so adding a bit of honey can make it more palatable. This drink is best drunk warm.
2. Beet Juice
This recipe is dedicated to juicers.
Beet juice is high in vitamin c, antioxidants and potassium, and is honestly best served juiced.
It takes a bit of getting used to, as it can taste earthy, like soil.
We like to drink it plain in our household but you can always sweeten it by juicing it with apples and carrots.
The sweet concoction, aptly named as ABC juice (apple, beet and carrot, geddit?), craftly masks the strong earthy undertones of beet, making it super delicious!
3. Chrysanthemum Tea
Caffeine free, the humble chrysanthemum have multiple health benefits - detoxifies the liver, as well as lowers cholesterol, to name just a few.
It is also a known diuretic and coolant.
When the weather gets really hot, I tend to brew one big pot of it, before bottling it up to chill in the fridge. It makes for a really delicious chilled drink on those hot days.
It’s quite popular within my household, and the bottles are usually gone by the end of the day.
Chrysanthemum tea is amazingly simple to prepare, and you could either brew the dried flowers in hot water, or get ready prepared sachets from the traditional chinese medicine shops. It is also fairly failure proof.
A little bunch often goes a long way. To brew, add a teaspoon of the dried chrysanthemum flower to a cup of hot water and let it seep for 10 minutes.
You can either drink it plain (strong pleasant flora scent with a slightly bitter tinge) or add honey for taste.
4. Corn Silk Tea
Corn silk is the long shiny fiber found on the surface of corns, after you peel away the leaves.
Ancient chinese herbalists use them as medicine for various urinary/bladder infections. Corn silk is high in potassium, making it a great diuretic, not to mention, good for your heart too!
Take note that this is not the same as the popular okusu cha, a traditional korean roasted corn beverage that is recently experiencing a revival in Korea.
To prepare it, wash the fibers and boil 1 tablespoon of the fibers in 2 cups of water. Then cover the pot and let it steep for another 10 to 20 minutes.
Corn silk tea tastes mildly sweet and is good both chilled and warm.
Now you know what to do with those corn silk after barbeque!
5. Cucumber Carrot Apple Combo
Cucumbers, apples and carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for our feminine health.
If you are a juicer and a smoothie fan, this drink will be right up your alley.
There are many variations to this lip smacking beverage, you can have it either juiced or smooth-ied (if this is an actual word).
Just get 2 small apples, 1 stick of cucumber and 1 carrot and blend away.
It can get quite fiber-ly for the smoothie fans, and i always like to add coconut water to it for depth. Plain water will do just fine too!
6. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice has long reigned prowess in its ability to combat urinary tract infections, and is generally regarded good for feminine health.
There are a few popular recipes on making cranberry juice.
You could buy it in the stores, although you should definitely check out the sugar content of those boxes.
On the other hand, if you have access to fresh or frozen cranberries, directly blending it with water yields you a super tart drink, which can be an acquired taste.
If you are a smoothie fan, I strongly recommend blending frozen bananas with cranberries and orange for a creamy sweet and sour treat.
Another popular recipe is to add 8 cups of cranberries to 8 cups of boiling water, and boil until the cranberries start to pop. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes.
Sieve the mixture to remove the seeds and skin.
You can either sweeten it with 2 cups of apple juice, or with honey/agave nectar, up to your own preference. This drink is best served chilled, although you can drink it warm too.
If you intend to drink it as a warming drink, consider adding a pinch of cinnamon to give it a boost.
7. Dandelion Tea
You may know these yellow topped flowers growing crazily in your backyard as pesky weeds, but did you know that this sturdy yellow flower is packed filled with nutrients and vitamins that are great for our feminine health?
They are good for relieving bloatedness, and are great for post oily meals.
The root and leaves are commonly used in tea brewing.
Roots are suggested if you have liver ailments, while the leaves are a better option if you want to take care of your kidneys.
It is easily available in homeopathic stores, or you can pick them off your backyard. Just chop up the roots and steep them in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
As for the leaves, you can dry those leaves either by using a dehydrator or by leaving them out in the sun for a couple of days.
Dandelion tea is slightly bitter, so you may best want to pair it up with a bit of honey to make it more palatable.
8. Hawthorn Tea
The humble hawthorn fruit is popular in Mainland China and Taiwan for its fat busting properties, and heart protective factors.
To brew tea, you can either use the berries, leaves or flower.
I personally recommend using the hawthorn berry to make tea because it has a mild sweet tarty taste which can be refreshing, especially after a hearty meal.
To prepare it, I would usually add 1 cup of hawthorn berry to 5 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes.
Then, I will take it off the stove and cover the pot to let the mixture rest for another 15 minutes. You can either drink it straight or add honey to sweeten.
This tea is great both warm and chilled.
9. Hibiscus Tea
The red fiery hibiscus flower is not only pretty to look at, it also have health boosting properties!
It has been used since ancient times to lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also a known mild diuretic that helps with release water retention.
To prepare, add a teaspoon of dried hibiscus flower to a cup of hot water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on your preference for the strength of the tea.
The longer it is, the stronger the tea.
You should yield a pretty red colored tea, which tastes mildly sweet and aromatic. As usual, you can choose to sweeten with honey or any sweetener.
10. Job’s Tears
Also known as chinese barley or coix seeds, job’s tears is another good diuretic.
To brew job’s tears tea, I strongly recommend to soak the seeds overnight, or at least 20-30 minutes before you boil the seeds.
This releases the nutrients better and frankly, makes it more smooth on the throat. The seeds will bloat after soaking.
Add 3 tablespoons of job’s tears to about 2 litres of water and boil away for at least 15 minutes.
For better taste, you can add sugared winter melon strips to the brew. The end result is a pale white cloudy tea that is mildly sweet with a bitter undertone.
You can either drink it warm or chilled. You can add lemon slices to it and it’s delicious chilled!
11. Mulberry Tea
Mulberry is a common plant that grows in China, Japan and Korea.
The white mulberry leaf is used frequently in traditional chinese medicine as preventive remedies for liver detoxification, cold symptoms, even diabetes and blood vessels problems.
On a geeky side note, the white mulberry leaf is also the preferred choice of nutrition for silkworms.
Mulberry tea can be bought in prepared sachets or dried loose leaves. Brew it like how you would brew tea bags.
Steep a teaspoon of the mulberry leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes and you are good to go. It tastes mildly sweet with a bitter undertone.
Honey can be added to make it more sweet.
12. Parsley Tea
Known for boosting flavors in meals, did you know that you could actually drink parsley as tea?
The humble parsley acts as a natural diuretic and has been linked with alleviating kidney stones, urinary tract infections! Not to mention it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties!
Parsley tea can an acquired taste for many, as it can smell quite pungent.
It is simple to prepare, just chop up a teaspoon worth of fresh parsley and steep it in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Drink warm. Definitely drink it warm. ONLY.
13. Rosemary Tea
This powerful herb contains unique compounds that makes it wonderfully antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. It can even be used to ease muscle pains and spasms.
Use it fresh or dried, this tea is remarkably easy to prepare, given its function!
A teaspoon of leaves steeped in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes yield a piney herbal drink that can be served warm or chilled.
I personally like the warming qualities of a cup of hot rosemary tea on a cold rainy day.
14. Warm Lemon Water
Needless to say, warm lemon water in the morning, on an empty stomach, is good for detoxification, and can help you to pee more.
Just add juice of half a fresh lemon to a cup of warm water, and you have an instant super health star in your hands.
Some people cringe at the sourness, and you can consider adding some honey/or maple syrup (ala Beyonce diet) to make it more palatable.
15. Winter Melon Tea
Like hawthorn tea, winter melon tea (also known as ash gourd or wax gourd) is very popular in China and Taiwan among women for its beauty boosting properties.
It contains high levels of potassium and vitamin C. The potassium provides the diuretic effect while the Vit C boosts immunity.
I am going to teach you a simple recipe to make winter melon syrup so that you can have this delicious drink anytime of the day.
Remove the skin of 1 medium sized winter melon and cut the melon into pieces*.
Then mix 2 cups of brown sugar to the melon pieces in a pot. Let it sit for an hour or until you see brown liquid collecting at the bottom of the point.
You can either put the mixture in a slow cooker/or put it to boil for 10-15 minutes before letting it stew. You will know it’s done when the winter melon becomes somewhat translucent and mushy.
Then strain the mixture using either a sieve or a cheesecloth and refrigerate the syrup in a clean airtight container. This can usually keep up to two weeks in the fridge.
To prepare the winter melon tea, simply dilute the syrup with water and add ice (add honey if you like it sweeter).
This drink is both savory and sweet, just perfect on a hot day.
If you want it warm, simply add hot water to dilute. It will make a good warming drink in the morning to calm your stomach.
*If you like, you can set the winter melon seeds aside to dehydrate, because you totally can use the seeds to brew it for tea, like what you do with tea bags. Just add seeds to hot water and steep for 10 minutes.