If you are like most people and are eating processed foods, drinking sugary drinks, and consuming alcohol, then you know you are filling your body up with toxins. Unfortunately, even if you are practicing a healthy way of eating, sticking to lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables, your body is still being exposed to toxins.
This passive poisoning happens all the time through soaps, shampoos, cleansers, and fuel emissions. Even plastic containers like your purified water bottle contain xenoestrogen and phytoestrogen that can leach into your water and create a hormonal imbalance. If your body is unable to rid itself of this waste, you get a toxin overload.
The great news is there are very simple and delicious homemade detox drinks that can fight toxin overload and bring your body into balance. Read on for tips on how to rid your body of toxins and create a clean slate for a healthier you.
Signs of Toxin Overload
Our bodies will naturally detoxify themselves. This is the reason that your body rids itself of waste in the morning, because whether you realize it or not, while you sleep you are fasting. A total fast is the only way to do a complete cleanse, and intermittent fasting is a recent trend, only eating during a 4-8 hour period each day, allowing the other 16-20 hours for the body to detoxify.
Using homemade detox drinks in conjunction with fasting enhances your body’s ability to rid itself of harmful waste, but how do you know if you need to detox? If you suffer from any of the following, you are probably on the verge of, or in, toxin overload:
Aches & pains
White pasty tongue
Weight loss resistance
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? More than one? All of them? Then you are definitely overloaded with toxins and it is time to cleanse and renew with a delicious and refreshing homemade detox drink.
Fruits and Veggies
Enjoying homemade detox drinks does not mean you will be starving. Your natural detox drinks can include scrumptious treats like:
Beets (and throw those clean greens in too)
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best, but frozen works well too and, of course, lasts longer in the freezer.
Fruit Detox Drink
8 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
4 oz coconut water (purified water is also fine)
½ cup strawberries
½ cup plain yogurt (leave out if you are trying to stay away from dairy)
½” slice of ginger root
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
Puree in blender and drink throughout the day. You can also add ice cubes to help keep it cold.
Veggie Detox Drink (Homemade V8™)
3 kale leaves
2 celery stalks
2 beets (include the greens)
1 turnip (include the greens)
½ bunch spinach
½ small head of cabbage
½ bunch parsley
½ small onion
2 cloves of garlic
Puree in a blender, adding water until desired consistency.
Berries are amazing superfoods and make incredible low-calorie homemade antioxidant drinks. Try mixing together:
Sea Buckthorn Berries
Berry ACV Detox Drink
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup raspberries
2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”)
Combine in blender and enjoy.
Natural Herbs, Spices, and Roots
You can benefit from the natural healing properties and boost the flavor of your homemade detox drink with natural ingredients like:
Dandelion (Improve your health and keep your lawn looking lovely by harvesting them yourself)
6 tablespoons dried dandelion root
12 tablespoons fresh dandelion leaves
4 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons crushed dried dandelion leaves
Steep to desired strength.
Oils made from the seeds of nature’s superfoods are power-packed additions to your natural detox drinks. Just a couple drops of these oils can ramp up the flavor and elevate health benefits:
Combine all in a blender and blend at high speed, adding ice until desired consistency and temperature.
Seeds and Nuts
In addition to being a great source of fiber, seeds and nuts will add a variety of health benefits, along with their nutty flavor, to your homemade detox drinks. Try using:
Coconut and Kiwi Homemade Detox Drink
2 cups fresh coco frio (cold coconut water from the nut)
2 peeled kiwi
Mint or ginger or both, to taste
Combine in a blender to a smoothie consistency. Add ice if desired.
Coconut water has many cleansing, healing properties, so it is also a wonderful alternative to purified water, particularly if you can get it fresh from the nut.
Homemade Detox Waters
Detox waters are delightfully refreshing and so easy to make. Using a glass jar or pitcher, just combine filtered water with light treats like cucumber and lemon or cucumber and watermelon. Make a berry homemade detox drink with frozen berries. Combine your favorites! Let it sit at least 2 hours, or best yet overnight for the most intense flavor.
Detox waters are an awesome way to cool down, boost energy, and give your body an extra push in ridding itself of harmful toxins.
The Benefits of Detoxification
Dr. Axe follows the philosophy that most illness comes from the gut and from inflammation, and he is an avid advocate of detoxifying the body of toxin overload through the use of natural detox drinks. In one of his many informative YouTube videos, Dr. Axe shares with us that in addition to reducing inflammation homemade detox drinks can:
Toxins are stored in our organs, so by cleansing them through fasting and homemade detox drinks, our organs will be healthier and work more efficiently. If you have digestive issues, it is probably because your gut lining, kidney, liver, and stomach are “gunked up.”
Think of detoxing your body like changing the oil on your car. If you do not put in fresh oil and change the filter, your car will not run as efficiently and it will eventually break down. The exact same thing happens to your body.
Remember that your skin is your largest bodily organ, so it too will benefit from a detoxification using natural detox drinks.
We used the car analogy to illustrate the physical benefits of homemade detox drinks, so let’s use a computer to describe the mental benefits. If you do not occasionally run a virus scan and debug your computer, it gets bogged down, starts running slower, and has memory issues. The exact same thing happens to your brain if you have a toxin overload.
After you have done a full detox and you feel like you are at the peak of health, incorporate the natural detox drinks into a permanent way of eating. Stay away from processed foods. If it comes in a box or a package, it is probably not the best thing for you to eat. Limit your dairy intake. Yes, it is delicious and a good source of calcium, but so are foods like seeds, almonds, kale, and broccoli, without the cholesterol-raising fats and added antibiotics and steroids.
Whenever possible, know where your fruits and vegetables are being harvested. Get to know your local farmers and buy from them, or visit a farmer’s market near you. Make sure you ask the farmer questions about how it’s grown and from where it came.
Joining a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a tremendous way to get quality fresh vegetables on a weekly basis and provides an opportunity to try something new without planting a whole garden of it.
Start every day with a home detox drink, and always have a pitcher of detox water available in the fridge. You can also make up bottles of your favorite detox water and put them in the freezer to take to work, on road trips, to the beach, or on those hot runs!
Sea Buckthorn Berry
Maximize the impact of any homemade detox drink with a few drops of sea buckthorn berry seed oil or fruit oil. Harvested in the Himalayas at an altitude of approximately 12,000 feet, this power-packed superfood has over 190 bionutrients that provide a tremendous number of health benefits, which:
Improve skin health
Produce shiny healthier hair
Relieve vaginal dryness
Balance cholesterol levels
Relieve dry eye
SIBU uses only 100% sea buckthorn berry seed oil and sea buckthorn berry fruit oil. You may find other companies that have lower prices, but most times they are using carrier oils and there is just a small percentage of sea buckthorn oil present.
If you are still unsure, you can purchase a small amount of our Sea Berry Seed Oil to try on your skin. Once you see its amazing results, you will want to buy our seed oil and fruit oil in bulk, and start using them in your homemade detox drinks or adding a couple drops to your favorite sunscreen to protect your skin.
So go make that homemade detox drink and take a few minutes to check out our website for more product information and testimonials.