Detoxification or detoxication (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver. Additionally, it can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance.
Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world — including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
1. Lemon Water
Phytonutrients are the organic compounds responsible for the health benefits offered by plants. The phytonutrients in lemons, specifically, have antioxidant and antibiotic properties. Lemons also contain limonin, a compound found in citrus fruits with possible anti-viral and anti-obesity effects. Drinking a glass of water mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice provides a number of benefits for the body as well as the mind.
2. Beet Juice
Beets and carrots are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene (vitamin A). Eating these ingredients, along with other plant foods containing similar nutrients, can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
3. Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion is used for the treatment of muscle aches, loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, eczema and bruises. It also increases urine production and serves as a laxative to increase bowel movements.
Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections and even cancer. It’s also used as a skin toner, blood tonic and digestive tonic.
4. Carrot Juice
Carrots get their color from antioxidants called carotenoids. One of these carotenoids is beta carotene, a precursor to active vitamin A that is responsible for many of the carrot and carrot juice benefits that we know about today. Many studies have shown that beta carotene is crucial for improving immunity in the body, protecting skin and eye health, and fighting free radical damage that can cause various forms of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
5. Turmeric Golden Milk
The Golden paste is a turmeric-based paste that taken orally provides health benefits to humans as well as animals (dogs and horses). Turmeric, known for is anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is excellent for arthritis, skin health, digestion, immune system, and even cancer.
How to prepare it:
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 2 cups of milk or homemade coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
- Pinch of black pepper
- A piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional).
Put all the components in a mixer and mix them in order to get a smooth texture. Then, pour the mixture into a pan and heat it for 3-5 minutes, but do not let to reach its boiling point.
6. Parsley Juice
Parsley juice is a potent and concentrated version of all the nutrition in the herb, including a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and volatile oils.
7. Ground Flaxseed Water
Flaxseeds contain many beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, which normalize the work of the intestine. This seed has the power to eliminate the toxins from the body, normalize the metabolism, reduce the blood sugar level and regulate the appetite.
8. Prune Juice
Drinking prune juice for constipation isn’t just an old wives’ remedy — there’s truth behind the lore. A glass of prune juice, dark, thick and distinctively bittersweet in flavor, might not be the most tempting solution to your temporary problem. But prunes and prune juice contain a special ingredient that makes your bowels move along: fiber.
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