Detox drinks for health are the easiest and quickest way to wellness. They can be incorporated in even the most hectic schedule and will have an immediate and drastic impact on the physical and mental conditioning of your body.
The road to good health is paved with a balanced diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants and the best way to get them is through your diet. Unfortunately, it has become far too easy to stray. Emotional eating, busy work schedules, family commitments and social engagements all drive your search for convenient and less time-consuming solutions to fueling your system. However, these often come in the form of prepackaged and heavily processed foods, which feed disease. To counteract the damage caused by lifestyle choices, it is imperative to add detox drinks to your daily routine.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” If you are looking for a detox drink for health that will boost your overall well-being, then try the Green Smoothie Healing Detox Drink (see recipe below). It is packed with everything your body needs to thrive. Drinking just one of these daily makes all the difference.
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup oats
1 cup fresh spinach, kale or chard
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger (raw if you have it)
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon maca powder
2 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter (chunky works well)
1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1-2 cups coconut water
Remember to buy organic ingredients whenever possible to avoid added pesticides, chemical, preservatives and additives that are now so common in most easily-available foods.
Mix all ingredients in a blender for three minutes. Add ice or frozen bananas. Enjoy!
Why does this work so well? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients that make this smoothie so effective.
Bananas contain phenolics, carotenoids, biogenic amines and phytosterols, which are high in antioxidants and effective in protecting the body against oxidative stress and various diseases, including chronic degenerative disorders.
Oats are rich in fiber, phytochemicals and nutritional value. They help your body fight cholesterol, cancer and celiac disease.
Overwhelming evidence indicates that spinach protect from oxidative stress, cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Kale contains powerful antioxidants and nutritional value. Be careful of how you eat it though because studies show that cooking it drastically reduces its impact; blanching it is a good solution.
Chard reduces blood pressure, regulates blood sugar, fights cancer and is high in antioxidants.
Parsley protects your nervous system from oxidative stress and encourages it to function at peak performance. It fights toxin buildup and ensures the safe development of the embryo or fetus in pregnant women.
Cocoa supports weight loss, regulates blood sugar, and improves cognitive function and mood. It eliminates harmful bacteria in your intestines, reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which gives it its yellow color. Curcumin is quite exceptional because it is so powerful against a wide range of illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, ulcers, gastric inflammation, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, hepatic conditions, chronic arsenic exposure, and alcohol intoxication.
The anticancer potential of ginger is well documented and its functional ingredients like gingerols, shogaol, and paradols are the valuable ingredients which can prevent various cancers.
Spirulina is a blue-green alga that was successfully used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Clinical studies have confirmed that spirulina has anticancer, antiviral and anti-allergy properties.
Cinnamon is high in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compounds. It has also been reported effective against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Research proves that the high fiber content in flaxseed is useful in treating constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease. It plays a critical role in managing blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Maca is a Peruvian plant, which grows exclusively in the central Andes between 4000 and 4500 m altitude. Research proves that maca protects from osteoporosis, overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, infertility, memory loss, weight gain and tumors.
Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties because of its low ph and high sugar content. This means it keeps your body clean from harmful antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the inside, and can also be used externally to treat open wounds.
Recently it has been found that peanuts, and peanut byproducts like peanut butter, are excellent sources of resveratrol, phenolic acids, flavonoids and phytosterols, which reduce cholesterol. They also contain CoQ10 and high amounts of arginine, which prevent disease and promote longevity. Peanut processing methods like roasting and boiling have shown an increase in the concentration of these bioactive compounds.
Almond butter is an excellent source of protein, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin E, fiber and calcium.
Virgin coconut oil reduces oxidative stress, lowers cholesterol, manages blood sugar levels, boosts memory and learning and fights stress.
Almond milk is a mixture of water and ground almonds. It is low in calories and fat, and the mono- and polyunsaturated fat it does contain is good for you. The almonds it’s made from also protect against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammation, and oxidative stress. However, it is low in calcium and protein, so you’ll have to look for fortified versions.
Coconut water lowers cholesterol, reduces fat and boosts liver function.
These nineteen ingredients come together in a satisfying green beverage that you can easily make in the morning and enjoy every day. Drinking it will ensure you have many more days to come, while not having to constantly worry about whether or not you have consumed the right nutritional elements in the right amounts and combinations.
Now, if you’re looking to simply boost your immune system and want something simpler, with fewer ingredients, then you should try Christine’s Magic Natural Detox Potion. Made from turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, honey and olive oil, it will fortify your health and protect you from disease.
More and more studies have linked disease with weight control so if you are looking to shed a few pounds as well, try this DIY Detox Tea recipe three times daily along with two protein shakes instead of meals and one 400-600 calorie meal. This method is backed by science and works well for both men and women.
Always remember to stay hydrated for optimal health. If you are tired of plain water, you can always add some lemon and/or cucumber for taste. Or you could try one of the fifty detox water recipes found here. There are recipes targeting weight loss, hangovers, aging and skin care.
Maintaining your physical, mental and social well-being is no simple task in today’s world. Your environment is your most fierce enemy and the one thing you cannot directly control. Fight back with detox drinks and live life in your most beautiful and healthy self.
Featured image photo credit to Flickr user Marco Verch.