Want to detox but don’t have the money or commitment for a cleanse? Ease yourself into detoxification with our new weekly feature!
We are headed to “sick season” – and the more detoxing we do now, the better off we’ll be when we come into contact with all that sickness. It’s not guaranteed, but at least you’ll be much closer to a less toxic and a more resilient body, with benefits reaching farther than just higher immunity.
Note: If you have never tried detoxing before it is important you ease yourself in. Depending on how much toxic matter you have in your body, there is a chance that it could make you feel a bit ill. Just think of it this way – you wouldn’t start a new 60 day work out regimen and pick up on day 30. That all being said, It is important to listen to your body and the cues you are given.
This is the first post in our new 7 part segment – “How to Detox Every Day” – New Posts will be every Monday, staying within our “How-to Monday” segment.
This week’s feature is creating a homemade detoxification concoction, using a few easily obtainable ingredients.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Water is essential to living. It is imperative you drink enough water to keep your system running smoothly and to also flush the excess toxins you come into contact with (on the daily!).
That all aside, it is very easy and quick to infuse your water, and provides a whole bunch of benefits, depending on what you use. Typically “infuse your water” means including various fruits that gives the water a bit of flavor.
Once you have a basic understanding about which ingredients help detox, the sky is the limit! (Note: this will come with time and research!)
Here are two ideas to get you started…
Ginger + ACV
- 1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
- 1 tsp ground ginger (or approx 0.75-1″ freshly grated root, depending on your preference)
This recipe is for approx 2 cups water – but keep in mind, the more water you’ll use, the weaker the taste will be.
I personally use a bottle that is 27 oz (or approx 3.4 cups) and have been doing this for a while – so I add about 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp ground ginger, or more, depending on how crummy I feel.
It is up to you how much you use and what you add first. Just remember, it is not necessarily the best thing you will taste, and your taste buds will get used to it. I have been doing this for over a year now, so I am very much used to it and almost enjoy the taste.
Again, I stress it is important you ease into it (ie. don’t add 4 tsp of both ACV + ginger if you’ve never done this before – you will probably never try it again.)
It is also really great at de-bloating and energizing the body, so even if you’re feeling 100%, you’ll still get benefits from drinking this concoction. It can be drank at any time of the day, however I would suggest drinking it first thing in the morning, and perhaps at any time you start feeling bloated.
I cannot recall where exactly I came across this idea initially, but this site (Welcome Company) really gives a good detailed explanation of its various health benefits, and goes more into detail about the author’s experience with this concoction.
- Grated Frozen Lemon To Taste
- Honey or Agave (optional)
Remember when we talked about freezing Lemons? This is one of those recipes that will greatly benefit from those frozen lemons! Perhaps you really enjoy lemon – if that is the case, feel free to grate as much as you can stand. I typically will grate approx 1/4 cup for 27 oz/ 3 cups worth. (I personally quite enjoy lemon). If it is too strong and you require some “sweet”, feel free to add a couple of drops of honey or agave (I’m talking like 1/4 tsp).
If you do NOT like lemons but still want to get the benefits, I would recommend adding approx 1 tbsp and working your way up.
I personally do not eat honey, so it would be agave for me if I needed it – but that being said, if you can avoid the sweetener, please do.
This delicious concoction has a multitude of benefits – it freshens the breath, hydrates and clears the skin, balances your body’s PH level (helps the body return to a more alkaline level), and more!
I have been doing this for over a year now, and am unsure where exactly I got the idea to try this – but…this handy website explains a bit more and has more benefits listed here.
My suggestion for these two concoctions are as follows: Do not drink these two beverages on the same day until you know how they affect you. I would suggest starting with one, once in the morning, and going from there.
You could even drink one, and then drink the other the next day, and rotate – the choice is yours.
Ideally you want to get to a place where you drink your chosen concoction twice a day (perhaps once in the morning, and once after lunch).
Let me know if you’ve tried this – and how it went for you! 🙂
Check back next Monday for another way to detox your body.
Originally posted September 28/15.