Why Make Your Own Homemade Detox Drinks?
If you are trying to stay clear of sugary drinks, “the Coca-Colas, Fantas and Pepsis” of this world or you are looking to rid your body of toxins, this refreshing and nourishing blend of fruits and flavors will excite your taste buds.
If you are wondering why people go through the stress of making homemade detox drinks, well it goes a long way in reducing or preventing consumption of excess sugar. At other times, it is very refreshing to have a drink other than water, coupled with its toxin flushing prowess and its ability to tantalize your cravings and taste buds without the attendant sugar problems.
Plus, it keep us hydrated as we drink more water!
Let’s get started:
I make my detox drink with the combination of several ingredients with a strong base such as Watermelon or cucumber. I add a citrus fruit and top it up with mint and water.
Why Watermelon or cucumber in homemade detox drinks?
Cucumber and watermelon are rich in an amino acid called L-Citrulline. According to WebMD, L-Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid. Your kidney changes L-citrulline to L-arginine (another amino acid) and nitric acid. Furthermore, according to Livestrong, the highest concentration of L-Citrulline in fruits can be found in watermelon. L-Citrulline helps the body to flush out toxins and reduce ammonia levels in the body. Ammonia is a by-product of many life processes and can also be ingested through our daily diet. It’s very important to keep ammonia levels low as a hike in its concentration can make us sluggish (hence the word detox) and impair cellular functions. Many fruits contain various levels of L-Citrulline such as strawberries. I prefer cucumber and watermelon due to its availability, economic implication and concentration of L-Citrulline. L-Citrulline also plays an essential role in heart and blood health and in boosting body immunity. You can read up on L-Citrulline at WebMD here.
Citrus Fruits in a detox drink, why?
When Christopher Columbus brought the first citrus fruit to the new world in 1493, it was done to prevent scurvy due to its high concentration of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits like lime, lemon, mandarin orange, calamondin etc are very rich in vitamin C, they are ideal for gut health, aids digestion and relieve constipation. According to recent studies, citrus fruits are helpful in preventing stomach cancers, it is clear citrus fruits are a vital component in achieving sound health.
Why Use Mint Leaves (Efinrin)?
Mint leave is an appetizer, it soothes your stomach when you are suffering from indigestion or bloat. When your stomach starts acting up, drink a cup of mint and you definitely thank me for this. Efinrin is cheap, and you can find it at any vegetable market. Mint leaves add a unique flavor to the detox drink. It enhances the flavor of all other ingredients in the detox and it’s definitely a great addition to your homemade detox drinks.
Why Use Water?
The benefits of drinking water cannot be over emphasized, check out some unusual benefits of drinking water here.
Slice up watermelon or cucumber into cubes, do not remove the outer green covering, keep it on! Cut your citrus fruit (lime) into smaller parts. Add a handful of mint leaves and cover with about a liter of water. Crush the mint leaves gently using a beverage muddler. Add the chopped watermelon and citrus and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. This allows for even mix and makes nutrients readily available in the water.
There is no strict amount for watermelon, lime or any other component, experiment until you get a consistency perfect for you.
Flavor Advice and Tips; keep Experimenting with Homemade Detox Drinks:
• Try a different combination of citrus fruits, grapefruit is too sharp for some people, but I love it.
• Crush the mixture using this.
• Invest in a specially made pitcher to enjoy your drink all day
• Detox drinks from juice bars often contain leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. Spice up your detox with same using things like Kale, broccoli, lettuce etc. These greens do not only add spice to your drink, they also neutralize heavy metals and aid digestion.
• Add avocado, it is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, and water. It rid the body of free radicals and cleanses the liver.
• Beetroot is a super-food, it is incredibly good for liver detoxification. Love beetroot? Add it to your detox drink.