Why Make Your Own Homemade Detox Drinks?
Whether you’re just trying to steer clear of the sugary drinks, or aim to really help your body flush out any toxins lurking in your system, this refreshing blend of foods and flavors will satisfy your tastebuds needs.
People often prefer to make their own homemade detox drinks just to avoid consuming excess sugar. Sometimes it’s nice to have a freshing drink that isn’t just water on its own. Additionally, these drinks really help to flush out any toxins lying dormant in your system and will satisfy your body’s (and tastebud’s) cravings without the nasties.
Plus, this makes us drink much more water!
Let’s get started:
Here’s the ingredients we’re going to be using to create our very own detox drink.
Today we’ll be using a combination of several ingredients. I like to use a specific combo when I make my creations:
That is a strong base such as Watermelon or cucumber or similar. Add a citrus fruit such as lemon or lime and top if off with mint leaves, and of course, water.
Why Use Watermelon or cucumber/similar in homemade detox drinks?
Watermelon and cucumber are rich is L-Citrulline. According to Livestrong, watermelon has the highest dose of any fruit. What is it in a nutshell? Well it aids the body to flush out toxins because L-Citrulline is a liver and kidney cleanser, espeically noted for its ability to rid the body of ammonia. Ammonia is a by product of our everyday bodily processes but also can be ingested in our diets. It is best to keep these levels low as too high can make us feel sluggish (hence the word detox) and is not good for our cellular function. Cucumber and many other fruits contain this, such as strawberries. But I prefer to use cucumber or watermelon in my homemade detox drinks. You can read more about Citrulline at Webmd here.
Why use Citrus Fruits in a detox drink?
Citrus fruits such as Lemons, limes, grapefruits etc are ideal for gut health. These types of fruits help to regulate our digestive tracks and actually help with constipation. According to this study, citrus fruits are helpful in preventing stomach cancers too. It’s clear citrus fruits are great for overall digestive track health.
Why Use Mint Leaves?
I add Mint leaves to all my detox drinks for a number of reasons. The first is that they are cheap! You can buy fresh mint leaves at almost any grocery store. The second is that they enhance the flavors of all the other ingredients in the detox drinks. And finally, I use mint leaves because they are a great digestive aid and also help to reduce and prevent stomach cramping. They are therefore a great addition to any homemade detox drinks.
Why Use Water?
The advantages of drinking water should be obvious, but check out the unusual health benefits of drinking water to find out some really interesting facts!
There are no strict amounts here, I tend to use half a lemon or lime, a handful of ice, a small handful of the fruit, and use at least a liter of water.
Slice up a good amount of watermelon or cucumber into slices or cubes. Do not skin the rind, keep it on! Cut up half a lime or other fruit into smaller chucks. Add a handful of mint leaves and fill the glass up. Use a beverage muddler to gently crush the mint leaves in the water. Now add the chopped detox fruit and let it sit in the fridge overnight. This allows the flavors and nutrients to seep into the water.
Extra Flavor Advice and Tips, Get Experimenting With Homemade Detox Drinks:
• Experiment with multiple citrus fruits, grapefruit is to sharp for some, but I love it.
• Smush the mixture using this.
• Use a specially made pitcher to enjoy the detox drink all day long.
• Add leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. Many ‘detox’ drinks from juice bars often contain these in their green smoothies. Such greens include things like Kale, broccoli, bok choy, spinach, lettuce etc. These greens help to neuralize heavy metals and aid digestion by creating enzymes caused by the increased amount of glucosinolate.
• Try adding avocado too. These are rich in healthy fats and in water, produce antioxidants. These help our bodies defend against free radicals and help to cleanse the liver.
• Love beetroot? Beets are incredibly good for liver detoxification. They support vital function of all our major organs and are a great ‘superfood’ to add to your detox drinks.
Want these cool jars I used?
I use these Mason Glass jars on Amazon:
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