Every day as we navigate through life, we are exposed to tons of pollutants like chemicals, pesticides and other cancer-causing agents. Whether it's through direct consumption of our food or exposure of a second-hand nature, it's not good for our bodies. Eventually, these things build up in our tissues and cells and begin to cause physical, reproductive and even mental health issues.
It's important that we take time to detox and a simple way to do that is through the regular use of detox drinks. You will be amazed how a simple beverage can help relieve inflammation, encourage weight loss, improve the appearance of your skin, boost energy and relieve many other ailments you've probably come to accept as normal.
The great thing about detox drinks is they are simple to make at home, and the health benefits are quick and easy to notice. Here are a handful of healthy detox drinks to get you feeling good again.
1. Skinny Wonder Detox Water
Fruits like cucumber, lemon and green apples are known for their refreshing qualities. But they don't just taste great, they aid your body in fighting damage from chemicals and free radicals too. The fruit in this drink, along with some mint reduces inflammation, aids digestion, is high in antioxidants and even improves your complexion. And that's just a few of the benefits.
- Mix a large glass of water with 3 slices of apple and cucumber each, 2 slices of lemon, a pinch of mint and mix with plenty of ice.
- You can enjoy right away but it will be more effective if you let everything sit for awhile, to let the juices fully infuse your water.
- You also mix a large pitcher and let it sit in the fridge for 4-5 hours.
- Enjoy 2-3 times a day.
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2. Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Tea with Turmeric
It's important to start your morning off right, so why not begin with a great detox tea?
- Bring some water to a boil and then add in the slices of an entire lemon (preferably organic), about 1 inch of fresh, peeled ginger and then 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric.
- Allow to steep for 30 minutes and then enjoy cold or reheat for a hot drink.
Ginger and turmeric are great for reducing inflammation in the body, and they have been known to protect against cancer and heart health conditions. Lemon is packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
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3. Pink Lady Skinny Detox Power Juice
Drinks high in raspberries, apples and grapefruit bring many benefits to the table (or the glass, I should say). Berries like red raspberries are a great source of iron, potassium and niacin, all while boosting your immune system and metabolism. Apples are a great support for your liver and are packed with Vitamin A. Grapefruit has tons of Vitamin C and can alkalize your body. Put all of these together in just one detox drink and you'll be a superhero (just kidding). Use a juicer to create this beautiful-looking and super detoxing drink!
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4. Watermelon & Cayenne Detox Juice
If you love a little punch to your detox drink, this juice is for you. Watermelon is full of Vitamin A & C, and is a natural diuretic which will get rid of that bloating. Cayenne Pepper speeds up your metabolism which helps you burn calories.
- Just 4 cups of watermelon, 1/8 tsp of Cayenne and 2 cups of water in a blender will yield this gorgeous and flavor-packed detox drink.
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5. Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Water
Rosemary isn't just for cooking anymore, it's great as part of your detox drink. Rosemary is actually in the same family as mint, and is an amazing anti-inflammatory, reverses the effects of toxins within the body and helps regulate fat metabolism. The effects of grapefruit start by just smelling it, studies have recently shown. This fruit helps in your weight loss journey, by aiding your body to properly use sugar and fat storage and is also a wonderful antioxidant.
- This recipe couldn't be easier. Just chop half a grapefruit, throw in several sprigs of grapefruit and let sit overnight. Drink and enjoy.
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6. Green Detox Smoothie
No list of detox drinks would be complete without a green one! Spinach and celery give this smoothie their green appearance, with pineapple, banana and lime rounding out for some great flavor. With these ingredients, you'll be getting plenty of iron, Vitamin A & C and potassium. Spinach is a superfood, and for great reason. It's packed with vitamins and is known to promote cardiovascular health, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory. If you are nervous about trying a “greenie,” start with this one- you won't even taste the spinach!
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What are some of your favorite detox drinks? Let us know in the comments below.
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