The holiday season has just gone by, and we’re all looking to get back into clean eating and correcting our routines. So, here are some detox teas and waters you can sip on to flush out the toxins. By Anushka Goel
The festive season is over and so is the binging. Come January, and a lot of us divert our attention to clean eating, a healthy lifestyle, and shedding some of the kilos we gained by starting to work out again after a hiatus.
While we do not claim that consuming anything as such can help you get to your goals faster, detoxification of the blood and flushing out the impurities is definitely something that will help. While drinking plenty of plain ol’ water is a great way to remove toxins from the body, it can get a bit boring to sip on water throughout the day.
Adding a bit of flavour and nutrition to a simple glass of water will not only make you look forward to picking up your next glass but also help in boosting immunity and providing your systems with the necessary vitamins and minerals. And you don’t even need to go too far or wait for the right season. Post-festive bloating and weight gain can be tackled right from your kitchen as you ease into a healthy lifestyle again, and the right ingredients added to your water can make all the difference.
So, with ingredients such as ginger, cucumber and lemon, these detox waters and teas will aid digestion, flush out toxins and help you kickstart your journey towards clean eating.
Detox waters and teas to try
Add cucumber and lemon slices and fresh mint leaves to a jug of water, leave it to steep overnight outside (or in the refrigerator, if the weather in your area is warm), and sip on it throughout the day. According to Healthline, cucumbers help with weight loss, hydration and in providing the body with antioxidants. All these are not only great for gut health, but also for soft, glowing and hydrated skin.
While the recipe doesn’t actually use tea leaves, it uses sliced or grated ginger root (or if you can’t get your hands on fresh ginger, some dried ginger powder) boiled in water, with a squeeze of lime and honey (if you prefer some sweetness to the tea). Ginger can help relieve indigestion, says a report on WebMD. What’s more, it can also help with nausea. The spice is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and flush out toxins from the body. And if you don’t like the strong flavour of the spice, simply add a few ginger and lemon slices in hot or cold water and let it steep, to give you the benefits without the strong flavour. Ginger slices in hot water are one of my most favourite ways to beat the winter chill and keep myself healthy and warm.
Apple Cider Vinegar is great for the tummy and the skin, and it introduces good bacteria into the gut, strengthening our immune system. One-two teaspoons of ACV a day helps the body maintain an alkaline state, adding proteins and enzymes to the body and helping in weight loss, healthy skin and more. Mix a spoonful or two of ACV in water, add a dash of lemon and some honey for sweetness and enjoy!
Berries are available in abundance at the moment, and this is a great time to make use of them – not just in jams and pies but for detox water, too! Berries such as strawberries and blueberries add a natural sweetness and help with sugar cravings, while the various vitamins and minerals present in them help detox the body. Simply slice some strawberries, blueberries and any other berries you can get your hands on, add them to a jug of water, and add a couple of lemon slices for a citrus kick (and its abundant health benefits). Let it steep, and enjoy by the glassful.
Mint refreshes, hot water helps flush out toxins and black pepper helps strengthen the immune system. It flushes out toxins from the body, making you healthier from the inside. Simply boil some mint leaves until the water starts to change colour, add a dash of crushed black pepper and let it steep for about 15-20 seconds. Strain, add honey or some sugar-free to sweeten the tea and sip away! Also, replacing this drink with your morning coffee or tea will help reduce that much sugar and caffeine from your lifestyle, only increasing the benefits of this tea.
Turmeric is a great spice for boosting immunity, and no wonder, haldi doodh is such a popular winter comfort beverage! Warm, with just enough earthiness, the yellow spice works wonders for our digestive tract and immunity, and cinnamon boosts detoxification further with its fat-burning properties. Just boil some freshly grated turmeric (or turmeric powder) in water, add a stick of cinnamon and let it brew for a while. Add honey or even jaggery for sweetness and sip away on a cold, chilly morning.
Watermelon is the quintessential fruit for hydration, as its sweet red flesh is packed with water and its rind makes for delicious murabba, paratha stuffing or even a dry sabzi. And water infused with watermelon and mint not only hydrates you, but provides a delicious flavour, loads of vitamins and minerals and potassium, that helps our kidneys remove toxins from our body.