Most of us would prefer to live healthy lifestyles, get a decent amount of exercise, and eat right. We don't always follow through on our grand plans, but if you've ever started at least researching the best way to get fit and lose weight, you've likely heard of detoxing. Proponents of detoxing cite the buildup of toxins in the body as causing fatigue, stress, general malaise, and susceptibility to illness, among other things. And a detox diet? Well, that can help rid your body of all the things bringing it down, while also jumpstarting weight loss.
While many scientists are skeptical and cite the lack of evidence that detox diets work, they're still worth a try. Even without hard scientific facts, doctors like James Dillard accept that "when fat is mobilized, anything that is fat-soluble should be mobilized, too." Additionally, he told WebMD that the psychological effect shouldn't be overlooked; "People love the idea of cleansing ... It has powerful psychological, religious, spiritual meaning. That has its own positive effect on health." Some research has also shown that cleansing or detoxing diets often act as a gateway to healthy eating and exercising. So, give it a try — with recipes as easy as the ones below, what do you have to lose?
1. Cucumber Lemon Detox Water
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Lemon acts as an antiseptic, while cucumber works as an anti-inflammatory. Just add sliced cucumber, sliced lemon, and mint to water. Leave it overnight and enjoy in the morning!
2. Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
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This drink has the bonus of containing less than 10 calories, so it's diet-friendly. To boost your energy with this beverage, slice an apple and place it in water, along with a stick of cinnamon. Leave it for at least a few hours before drinking.
3. Fat Flush Drink
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This particular drink is a favorite of Dr. Oz. It's supposed to work to eliminate toxins, boost energy, hydrate, and stimulate weight loss. Simply slice a grapefruit, a tangerine, and a cucumber and place them in a pitcher of water. Add 20 peppermint leaves, and put it in the fridge to sit overnight. Then, drink a glass with each meal.
4. Green Tea Detox
Green tea is a well-known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. By combining the green drink with lemon, honey, strawberries, and cucumber, you'll get even bigger benefits ... and taste! Brew your tea normally, let it cool down, and add all other ingredients. One of these a day will hopefully keep the doctor (and the extra pounds) away.
5. Stress-Relieving Detox Drink
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This drink promises to detox, hydrate, and relax you all at the same time. The apple cider vinegar included in the recipe is reported to reduce the risk of diabetes, boost weight loss, and help digestion. Although the taste of the vinegar on its own is a bit of an acquired one, the sweet fruit masks it easily.
6. Raspberry Lime Smoothie
To make this tasty detox drink, put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of raspberries, 1/4 cup of spinach, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and ice in a blender. Blend until the texture is smooth and enjoy!
7. Fruit-Infused Water
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Fruit-infused water is so simple and tasty! These infusions are especially useful if you're the kind of person who just doesn't like plain water. Regardless of how you feel about the taste of water, you still need to stay hydrated. Pick one fruit, vegetable, or herb or a combination for maximum effect.
8. Detox Teas
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Whether you want to slim down, cleanse, or clear your skin, there's a tea for you. Using green tea as the base, you can use additional ingredients to boost properties that will help you achieve your goal.
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H/T: Remedy Daily