Detoxification and weight loss seem to go hand in hand.
In our daily lives, we take in a lot of toxins that get deposited on the fat cells and lead to weight gain. Detoxification focuses on cleansing the liver, blood, and kidneys, and helps to boost your energy and metabolism. Due to the increased metabolism, your body will burn more fat and result in more weight loss. If you would like to find out ways to increase your metabolism, read “Ways to boost metabolism for weight loss“.
Can you really lose weight by detoxification?
Admittedly, there’re a few detox weight loss studies that offer mixed results on this topic, but most them have come up with positive conclusions. Generally, weight loss as a result of detoxification seems to happen more indirectly. Users often report an increase in energy and reduced appetite (1).
How detoxification affects your weight
Detoxification also flushes toxins out of your body. Some unhealthy people have accumulated additional pounds from the toxins alone. A detoxification will eliminate most of the body impurities and shed off a few pounds that come with toxins.
The ability of a drink to contribute to weight loss depends on the ingredients used. Some natural compounds that are used in detox juices do aid with fat loss.
Cayenne peppers, for instance, is one such ingredient. The main compound in pepper, known as capsaicin, has been shown to have thermogenic properties. This essentially means that it can accelerate your metabolism and potentially suppress your appetite (2).
1.Ginger, Mint, Flavoured Sparkling Water and Lime
When you mention ginger, what comes to most people’s mind are the spicy Asian cuisines. Ginger has been used for centuries as an ingredient due to its great flavour, ability to relieve nausea, boost the immune system and prevent gastrointestinal disturbance. Ginger, mint, and lime infused in flavoured water make an outstanding detox drink
•100g of ginger (peeled and chopped)
•1 sliced lime
•10 leaves for fresh mint
• 6 cups of flavoured water.
Put the ginger, mint and lime in a big jar and refrigerate for about 3 hours. Keep the jar covered while in the refrigerator –the more you leave it in, the better it will taste. Serve it cold when ready.
2. Cleanse and Detox Smoothie
If you’re a real fan of smoothies, then the Cleanse and Detox Smoothie will flush out the toxins and help you lose a few pounds along the way.
•1 organic apple
•1 cup of kale
•Juice from 1 lemon
•1 rib or stalk of celery
•1 tablespoon of ground chia or flax seeds
•1/3 cup of flat leaf parsley
•1 1/4 cups of chilled water
•1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
If you’re using a blender, add in all the mentioned ingredients and blend until it’s smooth. If you’re using a juicer, you just need to add in all the ingredients, juice them and you’re good to go. Pour over ice and enjoy.
3. Lemon Ginger Detox Drink
Ginger, as you may already know, is a powerful ingredient that will kick-start your metabolism within no time. A lemon ginger mix will increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn extra calories during your workout as you flush out toxins.
•400ml of water at room temperature
•1/2-inch bulb of ginger root
•1/2 lemon juice.
Add the squeezed lemon juice in the 400ml of water. Grate the ginger into a fine paste and add it into the water jar as well. That’s it –your lemon ginger detox drink is ready. You can incorporate this into your daily morning ritual along with your workout.
4. Super Green Detox Drink
Green-based drinks are all the rage these days in the fitness and weight loss community, and for a very good reason. The nutrient-rich drinks detoxify and nourish your system, making you feel great. And if the idea of sipping on flat green juices turns you off, you will be happy to notice that we added an apple to introduce a hint of sweetness.
•2 stalks of celery, chopped
•2 leaves of kale
•1 small cucumber (chopped)
•1 medium lemon peeled
•A handful spinach
•A handful of fresh cilantro or parsley
•1 coloured, seeded, apple (chopped)
•2 teaspoons of chia seeds
If you’re using a juicer, add in all the ingredients listed above (except chia seeds) and juice. Stir in the chia seeds before you drink. If you’re using a blender, add all the ingredients in the blender, add one cup of chilled water and blend until smooth.
5. Wheatgrass Detox Drink
Wheatgrass detox drink is touted to be one of the most beneficial drinks when it comes to flushing out toxins and shedding off some pounds. Other than detoxifying your liver and purifying your blood, this drink is rich in vitamin A, C, and B, as well as amino acids.
•1/2 cup fresh wheatgrass (chopped)
•1/2 teaspoon of ginger (grated)
•1 cup of water
Place the ginger and wheatgrass into a mixer, add a small amount of water and grind. Filter the juice into a glass, squeeze in and stir the lemon juice and enjoy. You should preferably drink on an empty stomach. You should, however, avoid wheatgrass if you have a gluten allergy, during pregnancy and during nursing.
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