Starting out on a new healthy routine or recovering after an indulgent weekend, detoxing by eating clean and nutritious foods will help you feel energized and back on your feet as soon as possible.
It’s not all about the food, what you drink also will help you feel the best. EHC brings you a few detox drinks you can make yourself and add to your daily routine. These are aimed at helping your body flush out any toxins lurking in your system.
Watermelon/cucumber, lemon/lime, mint leaves, and water.
Why watermelon or cucumber?
Watermelon helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Ammonia comes in external forms, but is also a by-product of the proteins our bodies are burning up constantly for energy, and it is quite damaging to our cells. Cucumber also contains citrulline, but not as much as watermelon. Watermelon may also just give the liver an overall boost.
Water is just plain good for us, but it is thought that it helps flush nasty toxins and waste through our system, giving organs like the liver and kidney an easier time doing their job.
Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive track, stimulates bile production, and thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely. Bile is produced by the liver and ends up in the small intestine to break down lipids (fats) that we have consumed.
Why mint leaves?
Mint leaves are a nice refreshing flavor to add to your drink. On top of that, it can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats. Mint also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles.
How to make the detox drink?
Take 1-2 liters of water, depending on how strong you want it to taste, part of 1 watermelon or 1 cucumber, 1 lemon or lime, a handful of fresh mint leaves (approximately 10-13), and ice cubes.
Slice up a good amount of watermelon into cubes, and put them into a jug or pitcher. Cut one juicy lime into wedges and toss in with the watermelon. Add a handful of fresh, fragrant, mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the top. Let this sit overnight in the fridge and let all the yummy flavors steep and infuse the water. When you want to drink it, put in a generous helping of ice cubes, pour, and enjoy daily. This drink looks mighty appealing in a glass pitcher on a hot summer day!
More Detox Drinks
Green Detox Drink – This vegetable detox drink is made up primarily of green vegetables, providing an effective natural body cleanse of the digestive system. For this detox drink, you will need 3 carrots, 3 kale leaves, 2 celery stalks, 2 beets, 1 turnip, ½ bunch of spinach, ½ cabbage, ½ bunch of parsley, ½ onion, and 2 garlic cloves. Mix all ingredients with water and puree in a blender.
Fruit Detox Drink – Because fruit is high in fiber and packed with essential vitamins and minerals, it is a wonderful natural detox for the body. This recipe incorporates fruit, along with flax oil and lecithin, to provide essential fatty acids while you detox. In your blender, add 8 ounces of orange juice, 4 ounces of pure water, ½ cup banana strawberries or yogurt, ½-inch slice of ginger, 1 small garlic clove, 1 tablespoon flax oil, 1 tablespoon lecithin granules, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice if desired.
Pomegranate Pineapple Lemon Juice – Pomegranate is a great detox food, containing more antioxidants than green tea. There is also pineapple in this, so you are going to get some sweetness and the extra vitamins it contains. The lemon will help rev up your metabolism, and balance out the sweet flavors.
Tea – Tea is drunk by most people every day. It is a natural detoxifying agent that helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Not all forms of tea are effective for weight loss. Only few such as dandelion tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea, and green tea are especially effective if you want to lose weight. Drink as much as three to five cups a day for best results.
Salt Water Cleanse – Before starting your detox process, try cleansing your digestive tract with the salt water cleanse in order to prepare your body for detoxification and weight loss. Infuse 1 quart of lukewarm water with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Stir until it dissolves, drink and relax. Make sure you do this at home where you can go to the comfort room anytime as it can be quickly dispelled from the body.
Cranberry Juice – Cranberry juice can enhance and boost the body’s metabolism. This is vital so that the fats will be burned and converted into energy instead of stored in the body and makes you gain excess weight. This detox drink is very effective when trying to lose weight as well as cleaning the body from alcohol and nicotine in just four days. Drink the 100% natural cranberry juice every day in approximately 32 ounces for optimum results.
Lemonade Cleanse – One of the most popular detox drinks for weight loss is lemonade cleanse. Celebrities have used this kind of detox agent as it is very effective and it doubles its purpose by improving the skin complexion. Mix lemon juice, a dash of cayenne pepper and maple syrup with water and sip all day for rapid weight loss.
Cabbage Juice – Cabbage Juice is best used in cleansing the liver. Cleansing the liver means cleaning your body. This is essential for effective weight loss. To create the detox drink, blend cabbage with some pears and carrots.
If you are looking to revive yourself from within while increasing your energy level and your overall well-being, a body detox may be in order. Before beginning any detox diet, it is always good to check with your doctor, especially if there are any health concerns.