Our body can eliminate wastes and toxins on its own without us having to consciously tell each organ to do its job. However, in these times of increased environmental pollution, processed foods, and toxic body care products, it takes conscious effort to stay healthy. This is where detox cleanse comes in.
Detoxing helps your body purge any excess waste it has accumulated. It cleanses your liver, kidney, and colon. It boosts your energy and aids in your weight loss. It also boosts your immune system and improves your skin condition. Most especially, it gives you an improved sense of wellbeing.
Here are a few tips on how you can formulate your own detox drink.
Choose ingredients that are locally available and in season.
From juices to infused water, there are dozens of detox drink recipes on the web. But as much as you would like to try everything for variety, you might want to opt for those ingredients that are widely available in your local market or are in season. Not only are these easy to find in grocers but also cheaper. Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect cleansing fruit in season:
o All-Year Fruits: apples, cranberries, lemons, coconut, papayas, apricots, and avocados
o Winter Fruits: kiwifruit, pear, persimmons, tangerines, grapefruit, oranges, pomelo, cherimoya, cactus pear, and Sharon fruit
o Spring Fruits: apricots, bitter melon, cherimoya, limes, lychee, mango, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries
o Summer Fruits: blueberries, grapes, grapefruit, limes, mulberries, peaches, watermelon, passion fruit, and raspberries
o Fall Fruits: crab apples, pineapple, passion fruit, cranberries, huckleberries, persimmons, pomegranate, grapes, key limes, and guava
Select a recipe that is convenient to prepare.
Fruit and vegetable juices can give you the best cleansing results. So, if you have a juicing machine and ample time to prepare your detox drink in the morning, then do so.
For those who are always on the go though, the perfect alternative is infused water. You can prepare your detox water in the evening, place it in the fridge, and drink it the next morning.
Decide on your goal.
Not all detox drinks are created equal. So before you even buy your ingredients, decide on what you want to achieve.
o For weight loss, use a combination of any of these ingredients: grapefruit, cucumber, oranges, lemon, mint leaves, cranberry, and green tea.
o For liver cleansing, go for apple, beet, carrot, ginger root, lemon, kale leaves, cucumber, limes, cauliflower, bitters, and dandelion root.
o For colon cleansing, select apple, green leafy vegetables, cayenne pepper, lemon, and ginger.
Combine and experiment with any of the ingredients until you find the perfect detox drink for you!