There are two major types of detox drink though and these are juices and water.
Pretty much any fruit and vegetable can be made into a detox juice drink with a juicing machine. In this way, your fruit and veg retain much higher quantities of vitamins and antioxidants which in turn benefit you. According to detox experts the best juices for detox purposes include celery, cucumber, carrot, apple, pineapple, lemon and ginger however any drink that you want to try can be tries - experiment is the key.
You should try to buy organic produce fresh from a farm shop or somewhere similar so that you know it has only been picked in the last 24-48 hours. The longer a fruit or vegetable sits on a shelf the more of its vitamin content it losses and the less it will help your detox.
Distilled water or mineral water is essential during a detox program because it is the main flushing-out ingredient. One point though - the water needs to low-aluminum because aluminum is a heavy metal and a toxin in its own right.
It is recommended that you try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day however you should be careful not to go overboard as it is very easy to upset the body's natural and very delicate water balance.
Here are 2 simple recipes to help you detox:
Start your day with water
One of the best ways to relieve your body from harmful toxins is by drinking plenty of liquids. Start your day with water. Drink 8 - 10 glasses of water to fight dehydration. Water helps the body to get rid of toxins and flushes out extra fat from the body. And you don’t have to always drink plain water. There are many things that you can add, enhancing the taste while retaining the original properties of all. Add cucumber, lemon, grapefruit, mint leaves, kiwi, watermelon, strawberries, apple in plain water. The choice is plenty. Take 2 liters of water and add the chopped fruits in it. Allow the ingredients to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Savor this tasteful blend. Fruits contain antioxidants, and anti-aging quality, which flushes out toxins and improves skin health. This delicious twist to water is safe and nutritious, with no extra calories and is a proven metabolism booster.
Detox Water Recipe
1 litre purified water
Half lemon, sliced
Half lime, sliced
Half grapefruit, sliced
1 cup cucumber, sliced & lightly crushed
Handful mint leaves
Mix all of these contents in a large pitcher.
Add ice cubes if desired, or refrigerate for at least 2 hours before drinking.
Caution: Consume it within 24 hours before the ingredients turn soggy and the citrus gives off a strong taste.
Don’t forget dietary fibre
Fibre, an important part of our diet helps in improving bowel movement and eliminating toxins more efficiently. You can incorporate fibre-rich food in your detox plan, like vegetables, fruits, nuts. A diet rich in dietary fiber improves the nutrition absorption of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C. For example, if your want to improve your skin health, adding vitamin C to your diet will help. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes better skin care and dietary fiber increases the nutrient absorption of vitamin C in your body. Here is a recipe that will help you detox while adding the much required dietary fibre to your meals.
Apple and Lettuce Salad with Melon Dressing
1/2 cup apple cubes
1 cup lettuce, torn into pieces
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup thickly grated carrot
1/4 cup thickly grated beetroot
1/4 cup capsicum cubes (red or yellow)
1/2 cup green grapes
1 tsp lemon juice
To Be Blended Together Into A Melon Dressing
1/2 cup muskmelon puree
1/2 tsp roasted and crusted cumin seeds
1/4 cup chopped coriander
Salt and freshly grounded black pepper
Combine all the ingredients along with the dressing in deep bowl and toss well.
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Detox drinks are as important to a detox regime as the diet itself so find a couple you like and stick to them. You can always try a few more next time you detox.
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