Who loves a good detox? I know I do… especially after eating poorly, drinking too much, or feeling the need to cleanse after a long week. Detoxing your body is beneficial because it increases energy levels and releases toxins from the environment or that build up in our body from daily habits. If you’re feeling tired, like you’re in a funk, or run down… it may be time to detox.
Here are some tips and tricks to give you the perfect detox:
- Detox Teas
(Photo: Yogi Tea’s Website)
I am obsessed with the Yogi’s Peach Detox Tea, Berry Detox Tea, and The Roasted Dandelion Spice Detox. Yogi also makes a Skin Detox if you are feeling as if toxins are building up in your skin. Most Whole Foods sell Yogi products and at an affordable price. Detox teas also help to curb appetite if you are trying to lose weight. The dandelion root has de-bloating effects and is a slight diuretic, which helps you temporarily lose water weight.
- Green Tea
Green tea is amazing for many different reasons. It boosts metabolism, contains beneficial antioxidants, and helps rid the body of unwanted toxins. I usually brew my own green tea, and I would recommend doing so rather than buying pre-packaged bottles since they typically contain unnecessarily added unwanted sugars.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is a highly popular choice for detoxing! It is my favorite on the list, and I buy it in bulk! It clears out the toxins and aids in digestion by balancing the pH in your body, which eventually leads to weight loss. It is also great at curbing appetite. If you are craving something sweet at the end of the day, then give this product a shot.
By all means you are welcome to take a tablespoon of ACV in the morning. BUT, if that sounds as unpleasant to you as it does to me then I recommend Bragg’s Concord Grape – Acai ACV Drink or the Limeade flavor. These drinks mask the strong taste of the ACV, are organic, and extremely low in calories. I personally love them just don’t smell them or you will be able to detect the ACV smell. I drink half of a bottle a day so one bottle can last you for two! I have found these at Whole Foods or Wegmans, but you can also order them online!
- Water with Freshly Squeezed Lemon
I usually like to drink this in the morning. Lemons are loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C, and aid in digestion. Drinking lemon infused water first thing in the morning really gives you that boost you need. If you also dislike the taste of water alone, it also helps to add a natural flavoring!
I love smoothies! I add almost anything to them, but try to steer away from added sugars. Green smoothies are the best for detoxing. You can use spinach, kale, broccoli, romaine, celery, and basically anything green as a base for your detox smoothie. I like to mix mine with either green tea, unsweetened almond milk, or low fat greek yogurt. A green superfood powder will also work well if you don’t have any leafy green vegetables. They are also great to add protein powder too, which helps you remain full throughout the day and helps with weight loss! Comment below if you want a post on our exact green smoothie recipe!
- Epsom Salt Baths, Our Favorite is Dr. Teal’s!
Magnesium Sulfate or Epsom Salts are a holy grail for detoxes. They are probably one of the most widely known remedies. You don’t actually consume Epsom Salts like the others mentioned above, but you use it in your bath. Epsom Salt draws toxins out of your skin and makes you perspire (sweat), speeding up the secretion of toxins. Be careful when taking a detox bath though, because you could feel dizzy from the sweat you’re losing. To counteract this, be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards! Taking a bath at the end of a long week also aids in relaxing and unwinding.
When you are in the process of detoxing, try to stick to eating “whole foods” and steer clear of sugars and processed foods. Also make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the entire process since your body will be going through changes.
What are your favorite detox products? How often do you do a detox or a “cleanse”?
P.S. we are not doctors or medical professionals, but we have learned this through research and tested out the tips and tricks ourselves, meaning they work for us.