Detoxification is cleansing, and this process requires a lot of fluids to be present and circulating in the body in order for the detox organs to function well and be able to do their job, which is to eliminate toxins from our system.
This is why a lot of detox programs and cleansing diets put a special emphasis on fluids. Some even prohibit the person from consuming any solid foods for a given period of time, subsisting only on special juices for fasting or cleansing, presumably to allow the body to flush out remaining toxins.
Remember in health class or grade school science lectures where our teachers always reminded us that drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day is ideal? Turns out they were right, after all.
The best detox drink that your body needs on a daily basis is water.
Keeping your body well-hydrated allows your detox organs to function well; the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin, and other detox organs would work well together like a well-oiled machine if your body has the right water level.
There are different types of water, and you should know what kind of water to drink in order to stay healthy.
Most people would think twice about drinking tap water; most tap water systems are treated with chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals which purify the water but are toxins themselves.
Distilled water or reversed osmosis water, have the particles and other chemicals removed, but the process also eliminates minerals in the water, and these minerals are essential to your health.
Natural and artesian spring waters are more accessible as they are sold in major stores, but these types of water are pricier. Generally, a home filter would work best in removing particles from your drinking water.
Other Detox Drinks
Aside from water, here are some other common detox drinks:
- Lemon water – If you want a little bit of flavor in your water, adding lemon is a great solution. In the morning, a cup of hot lemon water helps the body to burn more fat, enhances digestion processes, and also helps in detox processes. Freshly-squeezed lemon juice and lemonade are also good for the body’s natural cleansing processes.
- Green tea – Green tea has been surging in popularity in recent years because of its supposed benefits particularly for weight loss. Green tea’s most significant benefit would be the high level of antioxidants it contains; these antioxidants are good for the liver, the body’s main detox organ.
- Green Detox Drink – Arguably one of the most popular detox drink recipes. In a blender, you will need to mix 3 kale leaves, 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2 beets, 1 turnip, ½ bunch of spinach, ½ bunch parsley, ½ cabbage, ½ onion, and 2 garlic cloves. This is a very healthy cleansing drink; aside from the detox benefits, it is packed with other essential nutrients that the body needs.
- Fruit Detox Drink – If the thought of drinking vegetables makes you turn green, perhaps this fruit detox recipe would be more to your liking. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, this drink is a blend of 4 oz. pure water, 8 oz. orange juice, ½ cup banana, strawberries or yogurt, ½-inch slice of ginger, 1 small garlic clove, 1 tablespoon flax oil, 1 tablespoon lecithin granules, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional), and 1 tablespoon of protein powder or spirulina powder.
- Master Cleanse – This was made popular by Beyonce, who did the Master Cleanse diet for her role in Dreamgirls. This recipe requires warm water, 2 tbsp. of lemon juice, a pinch of Cayenne pepper, and 1 tbsp. of maple syrup. The drink in itself is designed for cleaning the liver and kidneys, but the Master Cleanse diet for weight loss takes it a step further by prohibiting all other solid food or beverage intake, with only this Master Cleanse drink to be administered several times a day (not recommended by nutritionists).
Other detox drinks of note include papaya drink (green papaya contains the enzyme papain which breaks down hardened toxins and removes parasites in the body); kiwi and grapefruit juice (abundant source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber); and cranberry juice (promotes healthy digestion).
Which is the Best Detox Drink?
As we said earlier, the best detox drink that your body needs on a daily basis is water; however, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the nutritional benefits of other detox drinks as well.
There is no one detox drink that would work best for every person, so it is advisable to consult your physician or nutritionist first to see which of these detox drink recipes would be appropriate for your needs.
It is always better to go natural, and the fruit and vegetable blends are always a good source of nutrients aside from the detox benefits. But cost can be prohibitive, so you may have to space out these blends to once or twice a week; as a general rule, simply keeping yourself hydrated every day with water is good maintenance for your body’s natural detox system.
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