Lots of people around you are detoxing. After the Winter to be ready for Spring or after Summer to be healthy enough to get through Winter!
It’s a popular activity followed by many people with many reasons and it’s good to know that all over the world there are those people who are health conscious and do their utmost best to look after their bodies.
People want to lose pounds quickly. It is claimed that these drinking (following), can help you, but it is not scientifically proven.
Why not try out these easy home-made detox drinks. They do boost the metabolism, they do help with detoxing; they look pretty and, depending on how you make them, they usually have really pleasant flavors.
(A person who needed to check his weight on a continuous basis, was my good friend Julien – who was a professional model for certain magazines and designer underwear – billboards as well. In those days he was at the height of his modelling career and had to keep his body in peak condition.
When we, his friends and family, would say he was trying to lose weight. He would give us a dirty look and say he just wanted to feel healthier.
I know he doesn’t like water – but flavoured water was and still is a big thing for him. So, he drinks copious quantities of that and calls it flushing and detoxing – he even makes his own drinks for himself.
He still keeps little diet books all over the place all suitably separated for different purposes. I suppose his big modelling days started that. He still models but he bought businesses from his modelling funds so he’s semi-retired from modelling now).
Anyway, I found a little book with a lot of flavoured water recipes in it and I thought you might like to see some of them. His handwriting is terrible but let’s start:
1.Orange Basil Detox
Basil is known as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory herb. Oranges are known for their high Vitamin C content, lowering of cholesterol and healthy skin; slice them and put them in a pitcher of water with the basil leaves and let that stay in the fridge for a couple of hours before drinking – delicious!
2.Fruity Detox Water
Put 2 litres of water in a glass pitcher, then slice up strawberries and kiwis and put in the water. Leave this in the fridge for an hour or two. The kiwi has vitamins A and E and strawberries are great for the skin.
3.Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Detox Drink
No calories here! You need a gallon sized pitcher filled with spring water. In that water put some thinly sliced apple and a cinnamon stick or two depending on your taste. Mix ad then leave in the fridge for an hour before drinking.
4.New Year Detox Potion
It doesn’t matter whether it’s new year, easter, Christmas, or Tuesday; if you’ve recently been indulging then you need to make things right in your body.
A gallon pitcher of spring water, then slice up a few raspberries, a grapefruit, a cucumber, a pear and a sprig of mint. Stir slowly then add thin slices of lemons, limes, blueberries, and cranberries. Stir again and leave in the fridge for infusion to take place – say a couple of hours before you starting drinking it, you’ll feel wonderful!
(Julien enjoys this but he laughs and calls it the Devil’s Brew) because he’d much rather be drinking cocktails!).
5.Strawberry Infused Water
Full of vitamins and anti-inflammatories, this water will keep you hydrated. You need a gallon pitcher of spring water and one cup of sliced strawberries, 2 cups of cubed watermelon, sprigs of fresh rosemary plus a pinch of salt. Stir and leave in the fridge for a few hours before enjoying.
6.Fat Burning Detox Water
Take apple cider vinegar, apples, lemons and some cinnamon. Into about 12 ounces of filtered water, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, I tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and about half a medium apple, sliced. Add the smallest amount of sweetener for taste then put everything except the applies into your blender and hit that button for about 10 seconds. Simply finish by adding your apples and drinking.
(When I saw Julien drink this, I asked him why, because he didn’t (still doesn’t) have an ounce of fat on his lean body. He struck a model’s pose for me and said ahh, but if I didn’t drink this, I might become fat. There’s a two-mile-long waiting list to have the honour of modelling Calvin Klein underwear. He was doing that during those days! Every model in the world that hadn’t made it yet, would have liked to have his job.)
7.Cucumber Lemon Detox Water
Lemons are good for boosting the immune system, and cucumbers are a good anti-inflammatory. When you mix these two together and add a touch of mint and sugar it will keep you very healthy. Slice all of the ingredients, stir well into a water pitcher of two liters, and leave in fridge for about 2 hours before detoxing.
8.Lemon and Ginger Detox Drink
Ginger is a multi-purpose root. It cures heartburn and indigestion; it works as an anti-inflammatory and also as a pain reliever! Grate about half a knob of fresh ginger and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into about 12 ounces of room temperature water in a pitcher. Stir and leave in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour then drink as early as possible to release and flush out all those nasty toxins.
9.Peppermint Grapefruit Detox
You need about half a gallon of purified water, half a sliced lemon, half a sliced lime, half a sliced grapefruit and half a sliced orange if you feel like it, also add 1 cup of sliced cucumber with the peel on, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and a handful of peppermint leaves. All the ingredients should be put into the pitcher, stir and leave in the fridge for a couple of hours; you can add more of the grated ginger according to your taste.
10.Pineapple Sugarcane Spa Water
Every water recipe list needs something with a tropical taste. This Sugarcane and Pineapple water is perfect! Take two stock of sugarcane and a few chunks of fresh pineapple to taste. Mix all the ingredients into a pitcher of two litres of water with some ice. Stir and leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours before drinking.
11.Blueberry Orange Water
Blueberries have anti-oxidant properties and citrus is well know for flushing toxins. Mis about 6 cups of water in a pitcher with ice cubes, a handful of blueberries and two mandarin oranges peeled and cut into chunks. Stir and leave in the fridge for at least two hours to infuse. You can adjust the flavour with more blueberries and oranges according to your taste.
12.Raspberry and Mint Water
Digested can be treated with mint. Raspberries have good anti-oxidant properties. Add both to a gallon of water, two tablespoons of raspberries sliced and two tablespoons of fresh mint leaves sliced. Also add the juice of a medium sized lime. Stir and leave in fridge for a few hours before enjoying.
13. Watermelon Water
About two cups of melon chunks added to a couple of liters of fresh water in a pitcher. From here it’s up to you – you can maybe add some ginger or other spices or perhaps you feel the need for some fresh herbs in here – it’s all up to your taste buds. Leave in the fridge for a few hours before sampling.
14.Mango Ginger Water
These two together will boost your metabolism. Take about an inch of ginger root and grate it, then a cup of cubed mango. Put these ingredients into two liters of water, add several cups of ice cubes and leave to sit in the fridge for about three hours before drinking.
15.Blackberry and Peach Water
Make a syrup from threequarters of a cup of sugar and two cups of water. Then add half a cup of sliced blackberries and two peaches. Mix together and leave in the fridge for a few hours before trying. Adjust to taste and drink.
16.Oranges, Plums, & Mint
You need 3 sliced plums, (or more to taste), 1 sliced orange and some chopped mint leaves.
Mix together in a pitcher with two liters of spring water. Leave inn the fridge for a few hours.
17. Strawberries, Cucumbers, & Mint
Take 4 sliced strawberries, 5 slices of cucumber and some chopped mint leaves – about 4. Mix it all into a liter or two of spring water in a pitcher and leave in the fridge for a few hours before drinking.
18. Lemons, Grapes and Honeydew Water
You’ll need two slices of lemon, five large sliced grapes and ten cubes of honeydew melon. Mix these ingredients into two liters of spring water in a pitcher and wait for a few hours before drinking. If it does suit your taste then add more sliced grapes.
19.Apples, Lemons & Carrots Detox Drink
Take half a sliced apple, half a sliced lemon, and ten slices of carrots. Put into a few liters of spring water; mix in a pitcher and leave in the fridge for the flavours to permeate for at least two hours before drinking.
20.Grapefruit & Cucumber Detox Water
Use a quarter of a sliced grapefruit and half of a sliced cucumber. Mix these together in two liters of fresh spring water. Leave in the fridge for two hours before drinking. (Julien always preferred to double up on the grapefruit and cucumber quantities but still with the two liters of water – it has a much better flavour).