Whether you’re trying to stay off sugary drinks or wish to really help your body flush out any toxins loitering in your body system, this refreshing homemade detox drink and a mixture of foods and flavors will satisfy your taste buds needs.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
These ingredients are Watermelon (or cucumber), lemon (or lime), mint leaves, and water.
Watermelon (or cucumber)
Watermelon aids the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound known as citrulline.
Citrulline has been an amino acid, has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia.
Ammonia appears in external forms but is also a by-product of the proteins been burned by the body constantly for energy, and it’s quite harmful to our cells.
Cucumber also is made up of citrulline, but not as much as watermelon. Watermelon can also just give the liver an overall boost.
H20 (water) is just plain good for us, but it’s thought that it helps get rid of nasty toxins and waste through our system, enabling organs like the liver and kidney an easier time doing their job.
Lemon (or lime)
Lemon juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive tract which is so helpful for constipation, heartburn, and gas.
It stimulates bile production and also thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely.
Bile is produced by the liver and culminates up in the small intestine to break down lipids (fats) that we’ve consumed.
Mint leaves are a nice refreshing flavor to add to your drink.
On top of that, it can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats.
Mint also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles.
You will need 1 or 2 liters of water, (this depending on how strong you want it to taste) 1 watermelon (or 1 cucumber)
1 lemon (or lime) A handful of fresh mint leaves (about 10-13) and Ice cubes
chop up a good amount of watermelon into cubes, peel, and put them into a jug or pitcher. Cut a juicy lime into wedges and put in with the watermelon.
Put a handful of fresh fragrant mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the brim.
Allow this stay overnight in the fridge and let all the yummy flavors soak and infuse the water. When you want to drink it, put in a substantial helping of ice cubes, pour, and enjoy every day.
You can substitute lemon for the lime, cucumber for the watermelon, or a mixture of all of them.
Pour water in first and then add the ingredients. There’s more of a burst of flavor when the water gets poured in first and everything swirls around.
Don’t put ice to the entire jug, and leave it on a cup-by-cup basis. If you plan on drinking it over time, this can help stop the ice from getting diluted as the ice dissolves.
Start with 2 liters of water soaking overnight, and then try with longer/shorter times and more or less water.
Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime and/or lemon and then cut up another and add that to give it a little additional citrus kick.
Do it yourself (DIY) detox drink
Below is a list of foods that have been revealed to help boost the body’s built-in detox system (liver and kidney function).
If possible, always buy organic to avoid chemical ingredients or pesticides.
Cruciferous vegetables & leafy greens
This group includes a lot of veggies and is why you see so many greenish detox drinks or smoothies.
This Includes broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, bok choy, and spinach.
Broccoli and the mentioned veggies increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our body, which in turn helps produce enzymes that help our body’s breakdown and digest things.
Leafy greens like lettuce and bok choy have the power to neutralize metals, chemicals, and pesticides that get caught up in our systems.
Avocados can help the body produce an antioxidant, glutathione, which our liver needs to do its work and filter properly.
High in antioxidants and vitamin C content, grapefruit, or grapefruit juice also helps the liver in flushing carcinogens (likely cause of many cancer ailments) and possibly pesticides out of the body.
The systems in the body all work collectively, and for numerous reasons beets seem to be helpful to more than one major organ.
However, they’ve shown themselves to be most helpful when it comes to aiding the liver in the process of detoxification.
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