Treat yourself with detox drinks

After publishing my « Get ready for spring with me » blogpost, I thought I’d write a short follow-up post about detox drinks as they are really making a difference and helping me with the season change.

I’ve never been a huge fan of strict diets or losing weight too fast. I have put a lot of efforts into finding my own diet – a diet that I can maintain throughout my life without depriving myself – and in listening to my body. Consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables is part of my lifestyle as well as drinking a lot of water. Detox drinks are a mix of those habits 🙂 But just so we’re on the same page: detox drinks are not synonymous with starving or fasting, they’re just a nice way to get your body back on track and clean it from inside out.

If you live in a big city like I do, you’re probably very exposed to pollution. Every day, we get into contact with toxins and free radicals that get stored in our cells. Spring is the perfect opportunity to take special care of ourselves and get rid of these toxins. Low energy, bad breath, headaches, bloating and skin problems are some of the signs that could indicate that your body is having a toxin overload. That is one more reason to clean up a little!

I’ve been searching for detox drinks recipes with the imperative to make it enjoyable and tasty. In his post “Homemade Detox Drinks: 5 Major Health Benefits”, Dr Josh Axe listed the plants, vegetables and fruits that can be used to prepare detox drinks and he inspired me to “create” the recipes listed down below. But let’s first have a look at the ingredients you could use to prepare your own detox drink:

Cucumbers: they are diuretic! This will stimulate your bladder and urination, which as a result flushes out bodily toxins.

Lemons: Lemons contain ascorbic acid, which helps to detoxify the body. Rich in vitamin C, lemons also help keeping a glowy skin and boost your immune system. Lemons are very good for digestion.

Grapefruits: They boost your immune system, they are rich in vitamin C, hydrate your body and improve your skin condition.

Raspberries: Raspberries are high in vitamin C and B. They are good for your skin health and are said to naturally slow aging.

Strawberries: With the presence of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, strawberries are very healthy and may lower the risk for chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Add a few strawberries to your detox drink when they are in season. This will provide you with vitamins A and C which are much needed during the detox process to eliminate the toxins.

Mint: On top of adding a delicious and fresh taste to your detox drink, mint will sooth an upset stomach or indigestion. Mint is also known for having the highest antioxidant capacity of any other food.

Ginger: Ginger is a very, very healthy spice. It is rich in minerals such as manganese, phosophore and magnesium but also contains calcium, sodium and iron. Ginger is a good source of vitamin B1, B2, B3 and C. Beside helping you with digestion problems, ginger has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties. In general, ginger is an excellent tonic for your body.

Kiwis: Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration. They help get rid of toxins. Kiwis contain a lot of vitamin C which acts as a powerful antioxidant and boost the immune system. Kiwi fruits are loaded with other vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B6, B12, E, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

Combinations you might want to try:

Lemon – Ginger – Mint

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Grapefruit – Lime – Ginger – Mint

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Cucumber – Kiwi – Mint 

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In a jug full of fresh water, add pieces of the ingredients mentionned here above. Make sure you wash/peel the vegetables or fruits beforehand as you don’t want to add toxins from pesticides into your detox drink. If you can afford it, buying organic greens would make sense here! Let sit for a few hours or during the whole night in the fridge to infuse and then savor! If you’re going to work, you can pour your detox drink in a water bottle.

I tried to prepare detox drinks with lime and I noticed that it adds a lot of bitterness. So unless you’re fond of it, I would recommend to use lemon instead. Also, when you’re done drinking your detox drink, you can do a refill by pouring some more water in your jug or water bottle. But I don’t recommend doing that for more than a day as the fruits will begin to oxidize.

Wishing you all a good cleansing and a good start into spring!

 

Disclaimer: Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog.

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