Detox drinks are all the rage but not all of them are created equal. Here is a list of five of my favorites that you can easily make at home with ingredients you have on hand.
Ginger lemon tonic
The benefits of ginger include aiding in digestion, reducing nausea symptoms and helping fight the flew or common cold. It can also help reduce muscle pain and soreness which is why it's a great option to consume post workout. Lemon is a powerful source of vitamin C and is full of vitamins like potassium, magnesium and copper, making it a great option for those with skin issues like acne. Steep a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger with a wedge of lemon in hot water for about 5 minutes and drink it warm.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and a lot less caffeine than coffee. It also contains antioxidants that help fight off cancer causing free radicals. The caffeine in green tea will not make you jittery, the way that coffee does and it can help improve brain function, alertness and even increase fat burning which will aid in digestion. Try to find an organic green tea brand and make it at home with hot water. Alternatively, Tea's Tea is a great on the go option you can find in most health food stores.
Activated charcoal has become a trend in the wellness world as of recent and it has many benefits including whitening teeth, alleviating gas and bloating and even preventing hangovers. While taking a charcoal supplement will have the same benefit, you can make it into a tasty lemonade by combining 16 ounces of filtered water with the juice of one organic lemon, 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal and 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup or another sweetener of your choice.
Turmeric is another powerful antioxidant touted by the Ayruvedic community for having benefits like anti-inflammation, fighting off free radicals, boosting brain function and lowering risk of heart disease. You can make a tasty latte from this root by combing one cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk with 1 tablespoon of grated turmeric root (use the powdered form as an alternative), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a sweetener of choice (try maple syrup). For added benefit, warm the nut milk on a stove (don't boil) and add the spices, stirring as you go.
Green juices are not a fad and are actually the easiest way to get your greens in on a daily basis, especially when you don't have the time to meal prep and eat a giant salad. The benefits of green juice include their micronutrient panel which contains vitamins like A, C, K and many more. While doing a juice cleanse can be hard for many, incorporating a green juice into your daily routine will improve skin, aid digestive function and increase your absorption of vital vitamins and minerals. You can buy a green juice at your local health food store or juice bar or make your own variation at home. My classic go to is 1 stalk celery, 1 Persian cucumber, 1 green apple, 1-inch piece ginger and 1 head of romaine lettuce.