Simple Detox Series – Drink

Continuing with simple detox methods, detox drinks are another gentle and less extreme option that’s easy to build into your daily routine.  However remember, whenever you detox it’s especially important listen to your body, replenish nutrients and not over do it!

Filtered Water

Your body is made up of roughly 60% water.  It’s especially important to stay well hydrated to maintain this balance and help the body flush out toxins via the kidneys (urine) and liver (bowel movements).  Most experts recommend drinking at least 1 to 2 liters of water per day.  This can vary depending on your situation as well as how much fruit and vegetables you eat.

Avoid drinking tap water, which is often polluted with various chemicals, industrial runoff, sewage, prescription drugs and additives like fluoride and chlorine.   Natural mineral water from a spring is best, but can be hard to find.  If you have access, be sure to stock up with a good supply.

Otherwise filtered water is your next best alternative.  Seek out a quality filtered water system for your home.  Here are some ideas, including the one I use (Carbon filter system):

Big Berkey - Carbon water filter
Big Berkey – Carbon water filter

http://www.directive21.com/products/big-berkey-water-filters/

Reverse Osmosis is another type of water filter system that can be used either on top or underneath your counter top.  Its also possible to install a filtration system for your entire home.  All these options are reasonably priced and very efficient in removing bacteria, parasites, harmful chemicals and reducing unhealthy minerals.

Lemon Water

Adding freshly squeezed lemon to warm water is great way to flush toxins.  Especially if done first thing in the morning, it aids in removing the waste built up overnight as your body repaired itself.  Its an efficient way for eliminating toxins and basically more productive urine and bowel movements.

Overall, lemons have amazing therapeutic benefits and are filled with vitamin and minerals.  They are known for anti-viral properties are great for recovering from colds and healing the body in general.

Try to drink a glass every morning, even as a coffee replacement!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Apple cider vinegar (A.C.V.) has been used for 1000’s of years to cleanse and purify the body.  A natural antibiotic, it fights germs, mold and viruses.  Like lemon, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, including potassium.  Potassium is known as a “master mineral” and binds to toxins in the body, allowing them to be easily flushed out.

Like lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar alkalizes the body as well.  It also boosts energy, helps clear the sinuses and throat and contains healthy bacteria that kills fungus, yeast and other harmful toxins.  It has been shown to remove lactic acid from the muscles, which makes it good for active people and after exercising to reduce soreness.

Organic, Unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar

Be sure to use only organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized versions as processed versions are not the same!  Make sure it contains the ‘mother’ of vinegar, which is basically a healthy bacteria from which the vinegar is made.  The ‘mother’ is the root of all the goodness and source of it’s healing qualities.

Drink once daily or a few times per day, morning, midday and afternoon.  1 or 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water is all you need.   You can also add 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic honey, pure maple syrup, blackstrap molasses or stevia for flavoring.

Herbal Tea

The best detox teas usually contain herbs that benefit the liver.   The liver has an essential role in eliminating toxins from the body, so it’s worth noting any way you can help it stay strong.  The following herbs are especially good for the liver:

  • Milk Thistle
  • Burdock
  • Dandelion
  • Licorice

Most blended detox teas will contain these herbs in combination with other soothing herbs.  Brands like Yogi and Pukka are a few that I like.

You can find them at Iherb.com (use code VUS897 for %5 discount):

http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=yogi+tea#bid=YGT&p=1

http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=pukka+tea&sug=pukka+herbs#bid=PKH&p=1

If possible, try to find herbs in bulk and blend your own teas to ensure freshness.

A Word of Caution

Always seek additional advice and check the labels of the products you use, especially if you’re pregnant, nursing or undergoing additional treatments.  Look for certified products and be aware of any side effects you experience.  Take a break or stop altogether if you’re uncomfortable continuing.  You’ll always be able to find other safe methods that work for you!

See the other methods in Simple Detox Series #1 – Simple Body Cleansing:

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=2

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/detoxcleansing/a/Herbal-Teas-For-Detox.htm

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