Every day we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, from cosmetic products and household cleaners to the air we breathe and the foods we eat. The body’s natural detoxification system helps to break down and get rid of many of these chemicals, but in this age of chemical overabundance, the liver and kidneys are often overworked, leading to a buildup of chemicals in our bodies.
This chemical burden makes regular detoxification a critical practice for your health and wellbeing. Being smart about what you eat and drink can help support your liver and kidneys and aid the body in its natural cleansing abilities. Although “detoxification” is often associated with “deprivation,” this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, cleansing the body of harmful substances can be fun – and tasty!
If you’re looking for an easy intro to body detoxification – or if you’re looking to enhance your current practices – check out our recommendations for four detox drinks that can help with a full-body cleanse.
1. Cleansing Juice
Juicing strips out the fiber and leaves behind only the phytonutrients from whatever fruits and vegetables you’re using. With no fiber to breakdown, the nutrients can be readily absorbed by your digestive tract, sending beneficial compounds right where they’re most needed.
Juicing offers many other benefits, both from a detoxification standpoint and a general health and wellness perspective. To learn more about juicing – and find links to some of our favorite cleansing juice recipes – we encourage you to check out the post “The Benefits of Juicing.”
2. Detox Smoothies
Although juicing can help increase nutrient absorption, most detox practitioners recommend using it as a supplemental practice instead of the cornerstone of a detox diet due to its lack of fiber. Here’s where smoothies have the upper hand. Smoothies might break down fruits and vegetables into a compact, easy-to-drink form, but they also incorporate all elements of the plant, including fiber. Fiber is important from a detox standpoint as it helps flush the body of solid waste.
For more on smoothies, including a collection of our favorite detox smoothie recipes, check out the post “9 Smoothie Recipes for a Smart Diet.”
3. Detox Teas
Tea is a broad category that can cover all manners of beverage. Check out the following detox teas to get started:
Green tea: Its high levels of antioxidants make green tea a natural choice for our health. Not only do green tea’s antioxidants help protect your cells from damage by free radicals, but it also contains a substance called catechins that can help stimulate production of natural detoxifying enzymes in your body.
Dandelion tea: Dandelions help support the liver by increasing production of bile, which the liver uses to help break down and remove substances from the body.
Milk thistle: Milk thistle is another herb that can offer support to the liver. Milk thistle contains a compound called silymarin, which helps the liver to regenerate by promoting the growth of new cells.
Burdock root: Like milk thistle and dandelion, burdock root supports liver health. Burdock can help the liver break down and remove substances from the body.
Finally, don’t forget the importance of water to your overall health. Water is essential for normal body functions – including the body’s detox system. Drinking plenty of water can help to flush your body on a regular basis. Add a twist of fresh lemon or lime (or, if you’re feeling spicy, a touch of cayenne pepper) to enhance its cleansing properties. To add extra nutritional and detox properties to your water, check out balanceME, a fermented probiotic superfood supplement that helps improve the function of the gastro-intestinal tract.
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