Have you ever had too much of a fun weekend… maybe you enjoyed yourself just a little too much? Food, drinks, skipping the gym – it happens to the best of us!
The great news, is that our bodies are extremely resilient. In fact, most cells can regenerate themselves every 28 days (kind of cool when you think that 28 days is also a typical lunar cycle, menstrual cycle…..) Our bodies WANT to be healthy, and if we give our body what it needs – it really can be that easy!
So if you’re feeling sluggish, or have overindulged – maybe you’re just returning for a vacation, or want to look your best for an event. I was recently featured on Sonoran Living TV , where I show exactly how easy it is to make these 4 DIY easy detox drinks. Likely, you can make them from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Learn how to detox your body naturally, feel better, look better and even lose weight!
DIY Detox Drinks – Recipes
1. Salt water – by adding a little bit (about 1/4 tsp) of Himalayan salt or sea salt to water first thing in the morning, this can help to support our adrenal glands and ease our bodies into the day. Especially for women over 40 that may feel sluggish or have a little bit of extra weight around the midsection, this can be a great detox option! Himalayan and sea salt are also very alkalizing to the body, which is important to help with detox. Most toxic things we put in our bodies are acidic (this includes stress!). When our bodies are out of balance, they tend to be slightly acidic, so this simple salt drink can quickly bring you back into balance. I don’t recommend regular salt because it is usually processed with a bunch of nasty chemicals, and it also doesn’t have the trace minerals that Himalayan salt or sea salt have.
2. Lemon water – this is also another alkalizing and cleansing detox drink. Simply boil some water, and then add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The warm lemon water will help to clear out any mucous in the body that has accumulated overnight. If you drink it during the day it can quickly bring your body back into balance, and even help get rid of sweet cravings! This drink works well either warm, or by adding lemon slices to cold water. I like to do both: start my day with the warm lemon water, and then add lemon slices to my cold water bottle to sip throughout the day!
3. Tea – Tea is one of my all time favorite drinks (well – it’s up there with wine for sure!!) The best kinds of tea to detox the body, are either dandelion, or green tea. Both of these types of tea are liver cleansing, so they actually support the liver to filter out toxins from the body. I like to drink at least one cup of green tea daily, to maximize the antioxidant benefits and provide ongoing support. I use the dandelion tea when I feel like my body needs a little extra TLC.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Drink:
Simple version 1 – ACV with optional stevia – simply add 1 tsp of ACV to a cup of water, and then sweeten with stevia to taste. I personally love the way this tastes, but it seems to be a kind of ‘love it or hate it kind of drink’. ACV is so powerful to help alkalize the body and flush those nasty toxins out. It also helps with digestion, and gets rid of cravings. I drink this in the afternoon, if I feel a little snacky but I’m not actually hungry. As a bonus, I’ve noticed that drinking this after a meal helps me digest it better, and freshens the breath too!
Option 2 – In addition to ACV, you can also add lemon juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and stevia. Experiment with one or all of these to find a combination that works best for you. The addition of the spices is great because it ups the antioxidants in this drink – and that means more protection and detox for the body!
Enjoy one or all of these drinks as daily maintenance (that’s what I do!), or on an as-needed basis. I’d love to hear in the comments, what your favorite detox drinks are!