Detox diets are all the rage. They have the power to cleanse toxins from your body and leave you feeling terrific. They’re an integral part of many spa days — but who can afford a luxury retreat.
You can when you DIY at home. The following recipes are perfect for a day of self-care, either solo, with a partner or friends. The next time you have a spa day, mix up one of these five diet detox drinks.
Some nutritional experts recommend starting every day with a glass of lemon water. Why? This beverage has multiple health benefits. One perk is the rich vitamin C content. This antioxidant nutrient helps protect your body’s cells against damaging free radicals, which can cause disease and premature aging.
Additionally, the lemon adds flavor to your water, encouraging you to sip up if you find the flat taste unsettling. It can also freshen your breath after a garlicky meal and keep your skin glowing. Research on hairless mice show that drinking a citrusy beverage prevents wrinkles, making this recipe ideal for your next day of self-pampering.
Berries are an unbelievable source of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, appearing in deep red and blue fruits. This recipe harnesses the goodness of strawberries to bathe your cells in these vital nutrients, hydrating your skin with the protection it needs to ward off damaging free radicals.
You might turn to this beverage more in the summer, when high temperatures make dehydration threaten. Watermelon is naturally hydrating. Mint helps ease any intestinal upset to keep everything in your digestive tract running smoothly, allowing you to eliminate toxins.
Do you struggle with high blood pressure? If so, turn to this detox drink recipe that will help you bring down your diastolic and systolic numbers. It also has the power to decrease inflammation, protect your liver from damage and increase your energy levels.
Beets contain high levels of nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide in the body. This substance relaxes the inner lining of your blood vessels, increasing vein and arterial plasticity, lowering your blood pressure — and with it, your heart attack and stroke risk.
Beets are also a rich source of manganese. This nutrient helps your body form connective tissue, keeping your skin looking supple and moist while easing joint inflammation.
Remember vitamin C? This impressive antioxidant has the power to fight premature aging when applied topically. You can also increase the stores in all your body’s cells with this delightful detox drink that also eases your digestive system.
Ginger is one of the best herbs for overall digestive health. The enzymes in this root herb help to break up and dispel abdominal gas that can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable.It exerts beneficial effects on two enzymes in particular — trypsin and pancreatic lipase — that improve digestion. It can also stimulate the movement of solid waste through your digestive tract, helping you eliminate toxins more quickly and ease constipation.
Perhaps you’ve seen people at the gym sipping on beverages that look like they scooped them from the murky depths of a pond. While these green detox drinks might not look appetizing, they taste terrific and impart a host of health benefits.
This recipe calls for ingredients like green apple, cucumber, spinach, parsley and ginger. The magic lies in the individual parts and the synchronicity of them together.
Green apple imparts sweetness so that you don’t have to add any sugar — doing so can spike your glycemic index and lead to debilitating crashes. All you need to do is cut around the core and stem.
Spinach has nearly twice the iron content of other greens. This mineral helps to build red blood cells and keep your muscles strong. Parsley imparts an interesting, licorice-like flavor and antioxidants like vitamins C, E and K. Cucumbers and lemon aid in cellular hydration and carrying away toxins. Ginger aids digestion and eases inflammation.
You don’t have to peel anything but the lemon before adding these ingredients to your blender. The rind of many vegetables provides a rich source of vitamins and minerals — leave it on.
You don’t have to drop a bundle on a luxury health resort to rid your body of poisons and feel better. Try one of the five detox drinks above on your next at-home spa day.