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I always believed that a gorgeous outside is a direct outcome of a healthy inside, which is why I was intrigued by the concept of detoxing the body with the help of water. Although I have not tried this one yet, I did research about it and it looks promising. I will share about what I learned over the past few days on this blog.
What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from our body, but you guessed that from its name already, right? Now, the question is, how did all the toxins get into our body in the first place? And is it even necessary to detox?
According to a 50-page scientific statement released by the Endocrine Society, endocrine-disrupting chemicals that get inside our body increase the risk of various types of cancer, infertility, and neurological issues. Studies have also linked toxin buildup inside the body with diabetes and obesity. You can find these endocrine disruptors in pesticides, cosmetics, plastic, and synthetic hormones injected into animals. When we consume these, the toxins mimic hormones that play havoc with endocrine functions. A process of detoxification would help your body get rid of these substances and help the organs such as liver and kidney, that are responsible for flushing out toxins from the body, function at an optimum level.
What is detox water?
Isn’t water good enough? Yes, it is. But what’s even better is water that is infused with other ingredients that will keep you hydrated, improve digestion, and keep inflammation at bay. Many detox drinks also claim to aid weight loss. Here are a few options that you can easily make at home:
Peel and chop a cucumber. Slice a lemon. Take a few mint leaves. Add all the ingredients to two liters of water and leave it for at least 8 hours. Drink the water throughout the day, every day.
You need one cucumber, one grapefruit, and a few mint leaves. Chop all the ingredients and add them to water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for some time and drink it five times a day.
Take a few apple slices and a cinnamon stick (or powder) and add it to a pitcher of water. Let it sit for at least an hour before drinking it.
For this, you need a sliced lemon and grated ginger. Add this to a liter of water. Squeeze a few drops of lemon. Drink it the first thing in the morning. This also acts as a natural painkiller.
What’s the bottom line?
Given the wonderful ingredients that go into detox water, it should be good. However, you should not treat this as a replacement to other healty habits and lifestyle. For instance, don’t forget to have fresh fruit and vegetables and do not skip a good night’s sleep.