Detox Drinks

Detox Drinks

Feeling fat and sluggish today?

…get in line, I’m afraid – you are not alone. About one third of people in the US are obese (one third!).

So how many of us are just overweight? A whopping 70%.

And how many more of us are victims of environmental pollution and daily toxin attacks that leave us feeling drained and fatigued?

Yup, that would be all of us. Scary, right?

If you’re anything like me, it’s really not an “I don’t like what I see in the mirror” or “I have to look like the magazine model” kind of issue. It’s much more of an “I don’t want to live feeling tired and guilty all the time” and “I don’t want my children to experience shorter life spans because of disease” kind of thing.

Most of us have probably realized by now that we have created an unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyle, but the reality of actually changing our habits to reflect this change in thinking is still often elusive.

It is true that as humans, we are creatures of habit and we usually change our habits only when forced to do so by external circumstances. In other words, humans are reactive by nature. And this is unfortunate when talking human health, since it is always smart to focus efforts on prevention, rather than just treatment. To be successful you must be proactive in changing your habits before the bad stuff happens.

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So then what new habits should you have and how do you go about creating them?

Detox drinks

Sure, there are lots of ways to diet and get rid of excess weight and toxins hiding in fat cells – you can stop eating, start taking pills or go to the gym six days a week (who actually does that?).

But when you suddenly stop eating, you feel tired, lightheaded and get those stupid headaches. How exactly are you supposed to get through the millions of things on your to-do list if you can’t even put one foot in front of the other?

Pills and supplements don’t actually work and are not even regulated so can’t know what you are putting in your body.

And where in the world are you going to find the time to work out six days a week?

I’m sure you have tried one or all of these techniques, and while you may have lost some weight briefly, it somehow managed to creep back onto your waistline when you weren’t looking.

Aren’t you just sick of it? Aren’t you tired of losing five pounds only to gain it back again?

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The goal should then be not merely to get rid of five pounds, but to do it in such a way that you 1) never regain it and 2) fuel your body’s fight against illness and disease.

Remember: every bite you take either fights disease or causes it.

Nutrition is your greatest weapon. Proper digestion and liver health are critical in maintaining a healthy weight, supporting your immune system, keeping your blood pressure in check, flattening your tummy and brightening up your complexion.

Now, to do this right, we all know somewhere deep down inside that we are supposed to be eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and plant-based protein – yuck, right?

So how do you make sure you are getting all the good stuff without sacrificing all of your sinful pleasures?

(drum roll please) Detox drinks!

Simply add detox drinks to your daily regimen and store up on all of the antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins your body needs to fight off toxin build up. They are so low in calories that you most likely will not even notice them on the scale. Plus, you’ll feel stronger, have more clarity and add some pep in your step (and really, who doesn’t want more pep?)

This is why detox dieting (or juicing) is becoming more and more popular. People are feeling better, healthier and looking great! Join in on the fun, buy yourself a juicer and get started.

You can make detox drinks at home from herbs, fruits and vegetables to get all the vitamins and minerals your body craves. Start making your kitchen your medicine cabinet. There are many different combinations depending on the results you want to achieve. Want to lower your blood pressure? No problem. Want to regulate your blood sugar? Great. How about improving your mood and complexion? There’s a detox drink for you. Need to make up for all that boozing over the holidays? Simply choose the right combination of ingredients and get the results you want.

Some like to quit solid food and only consume detox drinks for a few days before starting a vitamin-infused balanced diet. But if you’re like me and simply can’t live off liquids, then you just add these juices and teas to your diet and get all of the same benefits.

How To Detox Your Body

If your number one goal is to remove the toxins from your body, detox drinks are the way to go.

It boggles the mind how many toxins we consume on a daily basis (Research proves that we ingest toxins daily from our environment). Back to that pesky pollution problem – we ingest toxins through contaminated food, water and air. It impacts all of us and today the reality is there is no escape. (If you are curious to see how you’ve been impacted, take the free body toxin assessment here.)

It may be tempting to go the lazy route and just pick up one of the many detox drink products and colon cleanses sold today. Most of them consist of two main ingredients: milk thistle and laxatives. Milk thistle is one of your liver’s best friends and science shows that it supports healthy liver function and reverses years of toxin build up – great news! Laxatives will help you flush your intestines and reduce the bloating associated with having gunk stored there. However, these products are not regulated so be very careful what you buy. Unfortunately many products on the market don’t actually work because they have very low doses of the good stuff and are loaded with other not-so-good stuff. Plus, they are only temporary relief. As soon as you stop taking the pills, your body reverts right back to its previous condition (for how long were you planning on taking those pills anyway?). It can be hard to take them everyday and basically live in your bathroom. It can also be hard to commit yourself to a lifelong pill-taking habit.

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With just a bit more effort you can use what’s in your kitchen instead of your medicine cabinet and reap far greater benefits (at a fraction of the cost). You also gain freedom and independence from pharmaceutical companies – all of what you should be putting into your detox drinks will come from your farmer’s market or grown in a small garden.

By the way, do yourself a favor and buy organic. I know it’s more expensive, but fruits and vegetables often contain a high level of pesticides and other chemicals. Obviously adding chemicals to your body when you’re trying to rid it of toxins and chemical buildup is just plain silly.

The Total Wellness Cleanse

My favorite detox plan is The Total Wellness Cleanse. The Total Wellness Cleanse™ is the only 100% food-based cleanse that will teach you how to use your kitchen to get the results you want. It’s NOT a diet, but rather a learning program that shows you exactly how to use food as an effective weapon against pollution, disease and weight gain.

Since it’s a learning program, you get a personalized nutritional assessment and customized 8-week dietary and lifestyle plan. And of course, you have daily support via email, over the phone and through their Facebook community.

There are two phases to this cleanse and you need 30 days to make it happen.

The first phase runs for 14 days, and is geared toward detoxifying the body. The second phase is for maintenance and you need a minimum of another 14 days (although you will get a personalized plan for another six weeks after that).

Besides receiving a recipe book, you will also learn how to be a smarter consumer. You will learn how to shop and choose healthier foods that can (and want to) be eaten by your whole family.

The ingredients used in the cleanse recipes are inexpensive and found in most grocery stores so don’t worry about having to schlep from store to store looking for items or living in a remote location without access to certain foods.

Once your body rids itself of years of toxin build up you will be surprised at how much easier it is to lose weight. If you are experiencing fatigue, headaches and have a yellowish tint to your complexion, it means your body is asking for help. Now you can give it the help it needs.

People who have used this system were amazed at how much weight they were able to lose and how much better they felt. They had more energy and were amazed at the great shape they were able to get in.

Ever since I changed my lifestyle and nutritional habits, I’ve enjoyed playing sports with my son more, a smaller size jeans, fewer sick days and a clarity at work that sometimes surprises me.

For the first time in a long time I am able to achieve flow. Where my mind and my body are in tune and my abilities and talents somehow multiply; and while external forces somehow align themselves to my goals and intentions making it a breeze for me to succeed.

Do I fall off the wagon occasionally? You bet.

Do I get back on that horse? Every time.

It’s worth it. It feels good. And now I’m as addicted to that feeling as I was to the gluttonous feelings of my past. The pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction. It’s time to share the success and lessons learned along the way.

It’s time to recruit more people to the business of feeling good. Now is the time to learn to live longer, while feeling and looking better.

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Alternatives to detox drinks

There are some alternatives to detox drinks although they are not as easy to integrate into your everyday life, which is why I do not fully recommend them.

One of these is increasing the amount you sweat by locking yourself up in the sauna. I have low blood pressure and get dizzy in there so I really don’t like this option, but for some it’s much more pleasant (and they have easy access to a sauna for daily use). You should stay in there from 15 to 45 minutes per day. This will allow your body to relax, improve blood circulation, and eliminate toxic chemicals through the skin.

Another option is to drastically increase your water intake, which will keep you hydrated and is a natural way to flush toxins with zero calories. This option gets a bit tricky since you want to avoid water poisoning (yes, you really can drink too much water!). Water is also painfully boring. It helps to infuse your water with herbs, fruits and vegetables to make it more palatable.

Finally, if you are looking to lose weight and feel better about yourself, you could use a cleanse diet. You will remove toxins, absorb nutrients, and learn how to eat foods that are better for your body. However, dieting is temporary (or so I hope!). It makes much more sense to just add detox drinks to your daily routine (the easy way) or completely change everything you consume like you would in the Total Wellness Cleanse (the harder but more rewarding way), than to go on a yo-yo dieting plan (the completely ineffective way).

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