This homemade refreshing mixture of foods and flavors is for those trying to stay off sugary drinks, or wish to really help their body flush out any toxins loitering in their body system,
The ingredients are
- Watermelon (or cucumber),
- lemon (or lime),
- mint leaves and
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Watermelon (or cucumber)
Watermelon aids the body flush out toxins because it contains an organic compound known as citrulline, which is an amino acid, that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia.
Ammonia appears in external forms, and it’s quite harmful to our cells because, it is also a by-product of the proteins been burned by the body constantly for energy.
Cucumber on the other hand is made up of citrulline, but not as much as watermelon. Watermelon can give the liver an overall boost.
Water is just good for us, and helps get rid of nasty toxins and waste through our system, enabling organs like the liver and kidney to do their job with much ease.
Lemon (or lime) juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive tract which is so helpful with constipation, heartburn and excess gas. It stimulates the production of bile, and also thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely.
Bile is produced by the liver and comes up in the small intestine to break down lipids (fats and oil) that we’ve eaten.
Mint leaves are a nice refreshing flavor to add to your drink, and it can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder,and the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats.
Mint also helps ease cramped up stomach muscles.
You will need
- 1 or 2 liters of water, (this depending on how strong you want it to taste)
- 1 watermelon (or 1 cucumber)
- 1 lemon (or lime)
- A handful of fresh mint leaves (about 10-13) and
- Ice cubes
- chop up a good amount of watermelon into cubes,
- peel and put them into a jug or pitcher.
- Cut a juicy lime into wedges and put in with the watermelon.
- Put a handful of fresh fragrant mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the brim.
- Allow this stay overnight in the fridge and let all the yummy flavors soak and infuse into the water.
- When you want to drink it, put in some ice cubes, pour, and enjoy.
- You can substitute a lemon for the lime, cucumber for the watermelon, or make a mixture of all of them.
- Pour water in first and then add the ingredients, as there’s more of a burst of flavor when the water gets poured in first and everything swirls around it.
- Don’t put ice to the entire jug, but leave it on a cup-by-cup basis, as this can help stop the ice from getting diluted as the ice dissolves.
- Start with 2 liters of water soaking overnight,
- Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime and/or lemon and then cut up another and add that to give it a little additional citrus presence.
Other Do it Yourself Detox Foods
Below is a list of foods that have been revealed to help boost the body built-in detoxification system (liver and kidney function). As a note of warning, always buy organic to avoid chemical ingredients or pesticides.
Avocado can help the body produce an anti-oxidant, glutathione, which is needed by our liver to do its work and filter properly.
Grapefruits are high in antioxidants and vitamin C content, and the juice also helps the liver in flushing carcinogens (likely cause of many cancer ailment) and possibly pesticides out of the body system.
The systems of the body all work collectively, and for numerous reasons beets seem to be helpful to more than just one major organ. Beets have shown themselves to be mostly helpful when it comes to aiding the liver in the process of detoxification.
Cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens
There is a reason why we see so many greenish detox drinks or smoothies. This group of diet Includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, bok choy, and spinach.
The mentioned veggies increases the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our body, which in turn help produce enzymes that help our body’s breakdown and digest other food materials.
Leafy greens like lettuce and bok choy have the power to neutralize metals, chemicals, and pesticides that somehow gets caught up in our systems.