Dining on Detox

Detox drinks are becoming more popular due to seemingly positive results.

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Emily Higgins

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Dining on Detox

Detoxification is the process of reducing harmful compounds, toxic substances and bacteria from the body in order to improve bodily function. Common medicine practices recognize detoxification as the first important step in restoring the body to a natural and healthy state. To do so, many people use detox drinks and smoothies. These drinks are a great way to cleanse the body of any toxins. Many students work hard throughout the school day feeling sluggish. Normally, one would turn to sugar for a quick pick-me-up, but that’s really doing more harm than it is good.

According to studies done by Mayo Clinic, people feel sluggish and bloated due to the toxins they consume in their daily lives. Detox drinks help to naturally reduce inflammation, boost energy, support digestion and promote healthy skin. Smoothies can go hand-in-hand as great way to start the day and provide the nutrients one needs.

Everyday, people consume toxins and unhealthy bacteria just by doing everyday tasks. They are eventually moved into the body’s tissues and fat. From here, they take effect onto our body. Strictly medical detoxification therapies are not only helpful to aid in removing steroids from the body, but to strengthen the immune system and preserve the body as well. While a doctor may be necessary for strictly medical procedures, a doctor isn’t necessary to start a detox.

Detox drinks are simple to make because there are a number of fruits, vegetables and herbs that stimulate detoxification while providing vitamins and minerals that keep the body functioning properly. Each combining ingredient plays a significant role in helping the toxins release from the body, and each recipe can be tailored for specific needs like weight loss, energy boost, aid to healthy skin and reduce inflammation.

According to www.draxe.com, these fruits and herbs are the most beneficial to detox drinks:

Watermelon is low in calories and helps hydrate the body. It fights inflammation and is known for having anti-aging properties. Lycopene, the component that give watermelon its color, serves as a powerful antioxidant. Watermelon also provides potassium and magnesium which are important for detoxification, managing blood flow and hydration levels in the body.

Cucumber includes some impressive benefits when it comes to fighting inflammation. It also contains some powerful compounds that can slow aging that is caused by stress. Cucumbers can also stimulate urination which helps to cleanse the liver, flush out bodily toxins and avoid water retention.

Lemon contains ascorbic acid, which helps to detoxify the body; it also aids digestion, keeps skin glowing and provides vitamin C, which stimulates white blood cell production and boosts immune system function.

Lime in detox drinks provides vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C is known to improve physical performance and boost the immune system.

Grapefruit impacts the autonomic nerves, fat metabolism, appetite and could potentially benefit weight loss. Grapefruit also boosts the immune system because it is rich in vitamin C, hydrates the body and even promotes skin and brain health.

Raspberries contain natural chemicals that aid to losing weight fast. Raspberries are also high in vitamin C and B vitamins. They promote healthy skin and naturally slow aging.

Strawberries have lots of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Strawberries may lower the risk of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Adding strawberries to detox drinks will also slow down the aging process, protect the skin, provide vitamins A and C and aid detoxification. A and C vitamins are especially needed during the body’s detox process in order to neutralize and eliminate toxins.

Mint is the perfect ingredient for detox drinks because it invigorates the senses while soothing an upset stomach or indigestion. Mint improves the flow of bile through the stomach and speeds up the digestion process, helping to detoxify the body. It also has antimicrobial properties and can be used to support oral health.

Due to the properties within the fruits used in the drinks, many experience results within two weeks. Detoxification therapies aren’t just a way to rid the toxins out of the body, but a way to maintain a healthy diet.