Over the last few years, I’ve written about the benefits of detoxing quite a few times and highlighting common health challenges that a detox can remedy. To summarise these are:
• Mental fog
• Fluid retention
• Bad breath
• Gall bladder issues
• Bad skin
• Weight loss resistance
• Body odour
Some folks are skeptical and question can a detox really solve all these issues? I get it but equally, if you step back it’s not surprising if you take into consideration the number of toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis in food, water, cleaning products, toiletries etc it’s not uncommon for the average human to be exposed to millions of toxins each and every day. All these toxins interfere with our body and hormones. Then people try to medicate and this adds even more toxins and throws the body even more out of sync. Instead, let’s get back to nature as medicine.
Here’s a simple, fast and delicious detox drink to try. Make sure you use organic ingredients to minimise adding more toxins and chemicals into the body.
• 2 lemons
• ¼ cucumber
• 1 ½ apples
• 2 kale leaves
• 2 celery stalks
• 2 spinach leaves
• Place ingredients in juicer/food processor
• Blend until smooth
Let’s do a quick rundown of each of the ingredients and their detoxifying benefits.
Lemons contain citric acid, which aids in the production of digestive juices. It can encourage daily bowel movements, which work to cleanse the colon of any toxins acquired through food. Lemon juice has also been shown to help prevent kidney stones and ensure kidney health due to the high content of natural citrate.
Cucumbers work to prevent water retention, which is the excessive build-up of fluid in the circulatory system. This is due to a few compounds cucumbers are rich in including potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid.
Apples have been a major part of detox diets for years. Apples contain pectin, a fiber that prevents the build-up of plaque in blood vessels. The cellulose in apples helps the digestive system move waste quickly through the intestinal tract. Apples are also rich in calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, all of which add to its detoxifying abilities.
Kale contains over 45 different flavonoids that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Celery alkalises the body and balance its pH. It also hydrates and replaces electrolytes. Celery encourages bowel movements and reduces the risk of harmful calcification in the kidneys.
Glutathione is one of my fav antioxidants. In fact, it’s referred to as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ due to its potent health benefits. Toxins, poor diet, pollution, and stress can all reduce your body’s natural supply of glutathione. But spinach is loaded with the stuff!
If there’s one take away from all this, its that there’s so much in nature that can significantly improve our health.
In my B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY PLAN, this is exactly the sort of stuff I help you with. And you don’t just lose nasty toxins but fat too. Make sure you check it out!