We are living in a polluted world and the presence of toxins is inevitable even though how hard we try to avoid them. They are everywhere in the food we eat, in the air we breathe and in the various products that we use.
Toxins are substances of a toxic nature that are being produced by living organisms. They do not come only from external factors like the pollution and food, but as well as come from our body itself. They can build-up in the body and be present in high quantities which in turn will impede the adequate body functioning.
Our body has its own defensive systems that remove the toxins from the body like the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin. But due to the constant exposure they become overburdened impeding their normal function of waste removal. Therefore, we need to cleanse our body from time to time and thus help these organs to perform their functions smoothly and protect our overall health. Body that is overwhelmed with toxins becomes more prone to diseases. Luckily, Mother Nature has offered us a wide range of natural ingredients that purify the body from the toxins and keep it healthy.
In this article we shall present you a recipe by Dr. George Della Pietra N.D., author of the book 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. This drink will cleanse the digestive system and help in the removal of toxins. It will successfully cleanse it and provide it with vitamins.
Green Detox Drink
- 1 lemon
- 1 apple
- Half a cucumber
- 2 celery stalks
- Fresh ginger
- 3 kale leaves
Method of preparation:
First, pour the water in a blender and then add the listed ingredients except for the kale leaves. Once the mixture is nicely blended add the kale leaves.
According to a conducted study which involved participants that consumed lemon, kale, apple, celery and ginger juices for 3 days in a row, it was revealed that it contributed to significant reduction in the weight. Along with the weight the participants had lower rates in firmicutes, bacteria found more in overweight people and higher rates of bacteroids which are related to lower risk factors for the metabolic syndrome like blood pressure and cholesterol.
The Benefits of the Used Ingredients
This citrus fruit supports the transit and weight loss. Plus, it is a powerful antioxidant that can fight off the harmful effects of the free radicals. As per the well-known nutritionist Alexandra Dalu, this citrus fruit will offer the acid-alkaline balance of the body thereby supporting body’s digestion and hindering the proliferation of bacteria and tissue inflammation aggravated by pollution and stress.
It is a great source of polyphenols which are antioxidants preventing the formation of free radicals accountable for aging cells thus protecting the body against certain diseases. This fruit is high in fiber and supports the transit.
This food is a strong diuretic that helps the body to get rid of its toxins and drains deeply.
This plant is a great appetite suppressant due to the content of fiber and it is a great antioxidant that can fight off the growth of the free radicals that are accountable for the deterioration of the healthy cells in the body.
This root with pungent taste is the ideal for the detox of the body, weight loss and reduction of the LDL cholesterol levels. As per a released report by the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, its regular intake will reduce the body weight, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio.
This vegetable is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and fiber that demonstrate incredible antioxidant effect. Its use will help in maintaining the line due to its low caloric content and at the same time offer valuable nutrients.
Other Combos of Detox Foods
The combination of the following detox ingredients will offer other incredible detoxifying drinks that will successfully cleanse the body.
- Celery, spinach, dill and tomatoes
- Cucumber, celery, ginger, and parsley
- Spinach, garlic, tomatoes, cayenne and ginger
- Tomato, celery, kale, garlic, and basil
- Cabbage, spinach, dill and lemon
People suffering from thyroid issues should not use this beverage. Likewise, it is not advised in the cases of pregnancy, gastric, biliary and / or renal disorders, blood diseases and weak people.
It should not be consumed prior and after surgery due to the anticoagulant effect of ginger and possible contraindications with certain drugs.
It is always better prior initiating any detox treatment first to consult a doctor.