Have you spent the last week partying, drowning in alcohol, and rejoicing with sugar and carbs? Well, then now that the New Year has begun in full swing, it’s time to detox and flush out those toxins from your body.
An article in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that detox diets may improve the way your liver removes toxins from the body; while a study in the journal Current Gastroenterology Reports reports that a detox diet may help a person lose weight.
But how can you detox at home without spending big bucks? Well, here are five drinks that can help your body flush out toxins and allow you to make a fresh start:
There is no better way to detox than with good-old water! Water promotes good digestion by dissolving toxins and waste particles in the body and flushing them out through the digestive tract. A study, conducted by the Franz Volhard Clinical Research Center in Germany, found that drinking two liters of water every day causes thermogenesis, which betters digestive health and in turn helps eliminate toxins from the body.
2. Ginger tea
A true-blue winter drink, ginger tea is used in a lot of detox diets because it cleanses the body by stimulating digestion, increases circulation, and causes sweating thus helping in detoxification. A study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine also revealed that ginger can treat a wide range of diseases via immunonutrition and anti-inflammatory responses.
3. Apple-cinnamon water
There is nothing that apples cannot do. Its high phytochemicals and pectin content flush out toxins from the body—especially food additives and trace metals. Cinnamon’s antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties, on the other hand, restore balance in the body and combat free radicals.
4. Mint lemonade
We know what you’re thinking—nimbu pani, in winter? But since both mint and lemon are loaded with benefits and they fight indigestion and toxins effectively—they had to figure on the list. Multiple studies have shown that mint extracts can be used to treat symptoms of indigestion. And since lemons are high in Vitamin C, it aids the immune system by helping the body flush out toxins
5. Cucumber mint detox drink
Mint improves the flow of bile in the stomach when paired with antioxidant-rich cucumber and lemon can help cure toxic overload. Also, cucumbers are high in antioxidants and other nutrients, and thus help protect the body from oxidative stress.
6. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice is high in Vitamin C and is loaded with punicalagins. This juice has three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea. A Department of Pomology, University of California study found that pomegranate juice accounts for higher antioxidant activity in the body thus helping in detoxification. But if you’re thinking of embracing this tonic, ensure that you only trust freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice and forgo the tetra packs.