Keeping yourself hydrated is as important as breathing. So, you’ve been told a million times in your life. But it’s hard drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water everyday.
Keep things interesting by adding these detox ingredients that might get you excited to drink water. These refreshing drinks help to cleanse your system from toxins, release a good number of vitamins and antioxidants, and of course, let’s not deny they are a lot more fancier than plain water.
1. Lemon Water Detox
There are plenty of reasons why health experts recommend starting your day with lemon water. Lemons are high in Vitamin C. It is responsible to help your immune system. It also protects you from cardiovascular diseases and protects cells from getting damaged by free radicals.
Your liver is responsible to filter all the toxins. A study1 tells us that hesperidin, a certain component present in lemon, aids the liver in the process of cleansing our toxins. Lemon water also reduces blood sugar level, prevents weight gain, and cleanses the digestive system, all the while releasing antioxidants into your body. You could add a little honey as well for a little sweetness. The perfect concoction for a detox!
2. Mint Detox
Not only does it instantly gives you a jolt of freshness, but mint has high amount of antioxidants. It’s a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron and Vitamin C. The mint’s cleansing properties also aids in digestion. It helps2 with the flow of bile through the stomach and relaxes cramped stomach muscles. Pour hot water over mint leaves and there you go, a cup of hot mint tea.
3. Cucumber Detox
With 95% water content, cucumbers are another good source of re-hydration. The potassium content also helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases. A cucumber detox also helps with anti-inflammation, says a study3.
4. Ginger Detox
Ranging from treating a mere cold to its anticancer agents, ginger is a super ingredient. Ginger is probably one of the most popular detox ingredient that has been used for thousands of years by civilizations from around the world.
It boosts of several good benefits to your body including anti-inflammation and alleviating any stomach related issues like nausea. Most of the goodness of ginger can be seen in the gastrointestinal tract4. It helps cleanse your stomach and aids digestion. No wonder it’s a popular medicinal herb!
5. Pomegranate Detox
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants5 and nutrients. A study6 says that pomegranates helped with anti-inflammatory effects with people who had type 2 diabetes. It is also known to prevent heart diseases and even lower your blood pressure.
The idea behind a good detox drink is so that you do take in plenty of fluids and keeping your body always hydrated. With the added nutrients and different health benefits you receive from these added foods, your body is definitely getting the attention it needs.
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|1.||↑||Terpstra, A. H. M., J. A. Lapre, H. T. De Vries, and A. C. Beynen. “The hypocholesterolemic effect of lemon peels, lemon pectin, and the waste stream material of lemon peels in hybrid F1B hamsters.” European journal of nutrition 41, no. 1 (2002): 19-26.|
|2.||↑||McKay, Diane L., and Jeffrey B. Blumberg. “A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.).” Phytotherapy Research 20, no. 8 (2006): 619-633.|
|3.||↑||Rios, J. L., M. C. Recio, J. M. Escandell, and I. Andujar. “Inhibition of transcription factors by plant-derived compounds and their implications in inflammation and cancer.” Current pharmaceutical design 15, no. 11 (2009): 1212-1237.|
|4.||↑||Bode, Ann M., and Zigang Dong. “The amazing and mighty ginger.” Herbal medicine—biomolecular and clinical aspects. Oxidative stress and disease, 2nd edn. CRC Press–Taylor and Francis Group, New York (2011): 131-156.|
|5.||↑||Zarfeshany, Aida, Sedigheh Asgary, and Shaghayegh Haghjoo Javanmard. “Potent health effects of pomegranate.” Advanced biomedical research 3, no. 1 (2014): 100.|
|6.||↑||Sohrab, Golbon, Javad Nasrollahzadeh, Hamid Zand, Zohreh Amiri, Maryam Tohidi, and Masoud Kimiagar. “Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial.” Journal of research in medical sciences: the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 19, no. 3 (2014): 215.|