Detox is defined as: abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. I am curious about the subject of detox because lately all I have been hearing is “oh, I am detoxing right now” or “I’m on a detox.” O.K. so what does that mean? Do I need to do it? How do I do it? The answer to the first 2 inquires are YES. The how is were it gets a little more complicated, however here are some great recipes to help guide you because everyone should rid their body of toxins.
Ginger tea is a great tea to help detox your body. You will need: 1 cup of green tea (remember this has caffeine), juice from half a lemon, fresh ginger and a ½ a tablespoon of honey. Brew the tea with fresh slices of ginger. Ginger is very powerful so a little goes a long way, let that all steep for 10 minutes. Add the lemon and honey, mix well and enjoy. I love to drink this tea later in the morning and early in the afternoon. The ingredients also help give me a boost of energy.
Watermelon and blueberry is a wonderful drink when you want something a little more fruitier and refreshing. You will need: diced watermelon, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 green tea bag, handful of blueberries, 1 liter of water. Steep the green tea and then allow it to cool down, pour the tea over the watermelon and blueberries, stir in the lemon juice. Steep overnight and served chilled. This recipe is so wonderful in the spring and summer time. As soon as I see the watermelon is in season this drink is always in the fridge.
If you have questions about detox I would recommend seeing your local nutritionist or wellness provider like Dr. Henry Wong. He is a San Diego Chiropractor who also incorporates weight loss, nutrition and massage into his office. He says his patients take advantage of the green tea he offers in his waiting area because it is their cup of detox for the day and they love that they can get adjusted and massaged in the same place. Massage is another wonderful way to remove toxins from your body. Many San Deigo Chiropractors are also incorporating many of these services, such as massage, in their office to allow their patients to find many ways to detox. Remember making healthier choices leads to a more healthier choices!