Detox: 4 Recipes to Cleanse your Body
Last week on the blog, I spoke about how important it is to switch things up every now and then as it relates to our fitness routines. Many of us tend to stick to the same classes and workouts because they are convenient, familiar and easy. But, the truth is that when you continue with any workout for too long, you stop seeing results because your body knows exactly what to expect. Your body doesn’t have to do much thinking and you've tossed out the element of surprise. In that blog post, which you can read here, I listed 6 simple steps that you can take to change up your routine. I'm continuing my discussion of re-setting and switching things up because spring is in the air!
This week, I decided to renew my diet by trying 4 new detox recipes. There are a lots of detox recipes out there so I narrowed down my list of favorites by what was affordable, delicious and unique.
What is detoxing?
Simply put, detoxing is when our body flushes out toxins and other waste substances. Our body naturally removes toxins with the help of the liver, kidneys and lungs. However, when we have a large buildup of toxins, our bodies can’t figure out how to rid itself of them. When this happens, it can lead to serious problems like high blood pressure and fluid retention. We can take simple steps to stimulate detoxification by exercising and consuming the right fluids. During the detox process, our kidneys turn toxins and waste products into urine which are then flushed out of our system. To get this job done, our kidneys need lots of clean water!
As fitties, we should complete some sort of diet detox every now and then because it keeps us hydrated, cleanses our body and gives our organs a chance to focus on other important functions like breathing. My favorite way to detox is by drinking detox water and smoothies. It's budget friendly and it tastes good! Check out my top 4 favorite detox drinks below:
1. Chia Detox Water
This is a simple 4-ingredient detox from The Casual Craftlete. I was excited when I discovered this recipe because it's the only detox I've seen that calls for chia seeds! I've been consuming lots of chia seeds lately by adding them to my smoothies and morning oatmeal bowls. They're a superfood full of antioxidants, their high fiber content aids in digestive health and they also help to regulate cholesterol. Not only is this detox packed with lots of health benefits, but it's also pretty. Be sure to let the chia seeds soak for 10 minutes before drinking and shake well so that you get a gel-like consistency.
Ingredients: 12oz of water, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, juice from 1 lime, 1 tsp of agave nectar or organic honey.
2. Apple Spice Detox Water
I LOVE this recipe from Sugar & Soul because it’s so different from what we normally associate with detoxing. This drink isn't fruity or colorful. Instead, it's edgy, aromatic and tastes like a crisp fall day on a tree lined street in Brooklyn. I've never used star anise in the kitchen so it was nice to experiment with a new ingredient - it reminded me of licorice. This recipe uses cinnamon, which is one of the healthiest spices we can consume. It boasts benefits ranging from antioxidants to anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon protects your brain and your heart.
Ingredients: 12oz of water, 1 apple, 2 sticks Cinnamon, 3 Star Anise.
3. Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Detox Water
This a detox from Nancy Creative that we’re all familiar with. It's the most popular of all because the ingredients are easy to find and it tastes really refreshing. Although it's a super simple recipe, it is full of health benefits that aid your body in its natural detox process. Lemon juice is similar to the gastric juice in our stomach and it encourages food to move through our body and digestive tract smoothly. It also helps to boost your energy and mood. The mint leaves in the recipe help with digestion.
Ingredients: 1-2 liters’ of water, 1 cucumber, 1 lemon or lime, a handful of fresh mint leaves.
4. Detox Smoothie
This detox smoothie is inspired by Simply Recipes. I followed Tess' criteria for detox smoothies and came up with my very own recipe. I used 1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of gala apples, 1 cup of almond/coconut milk,1 cup of power greens, 2 spoons of honey peach greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and1 teaspoon of ginger powder. I know this smoothie doesn't look appealing, but it was so good. Keep in mind that strawberries and apples are both on the Dirty Dozen List so if you use these fruits, be sure to wash them using my DIY veggie and fruit spray - you can find the recipe here.
Comment below and let me know if you've tried any of these recipes or if you have other creative detox recipes that you can't live without! What’d you add to your last detox water?
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