How many of us have gone through the day feeling constantly tired and lethargic? So many of us work hard during the day and feel like we can hardly pull through without the help of some sort of energy boost. Coffee and sugary drinks have become our crutch, providing us with a burst of pick-me-ups that could actually lead to more harm than good. Many people don’t realise that the feeling of being sluggish, constantly tired and bloated are actually signs of toxic overload.
We are constantly being exposed to environmental pollutants such as preservatives in our food, pesticides and heavy metals on our contaminated soil, and dangerous chemicals from our bath and skin care products. These toxins enter our body and accumulate in our cells and tissues, ultimately producing signs of toxic overload. Apart from lethargy, low energy and the feeling of being constantly bloated, other signs of toxic overload include frequent headaches, constipation, mood swings as well as aches and pains of various body parts.
A detox drink helps to decrease inflammation in our body, boost energy, support proper digestion, cleanse our liver and promote healthy glowing skin. Preparing a detox drink is simple to make at home with ingredients that are readily available in our kitchen or local supermarket.
Some of the best ingredients to add make a detox drink are:
Gingerols found in the oily resin from the root of the ginger plant have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is commonly used as a natural remedy for the feeling of nausea, bloating as well as other gastrointestinal issues. It aids digestions and can be readily added into any detox drink recipe.
Lemon aids in digestion, alkalanizes the body and provides us with rich vitamin C that boosts immunity as well as keeping our skin healthy and glowing. Lemon also aids in digestion, and improves our metabolism and wound healing process.
Adding mint leaves to our drinks can help sooth an upset stomach and aid digestion as well. It has strong antioxidant properties to help detoxify our body. It also has antimicrobial properties and help promote oral health.
Adding cinnamon sticks or dashes of cinnamon powder in our drinks can help balance blood sugar levels in our body, making them particularly beneficial for those with diabetes. It also has strong antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Cinnamon also has anti-oxidant effects and help reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)
ACV contains acetic acid which increases metabolism and helps in weight loss. It supports digestive function with its enzyme and probiotic components, and helps naturally reduce acid reflux.
Apart from the recipe shared, another idea for a detox drink include combining lemon, mint leaves and cucumber together to provide a fresh and invigorating drink. Drink this combination first thing in the morning to help flush out toxins, as well as jump start your metabolism and digestive system.