I’m certain we’ve met in person, but it was only a few months ago that I connected online with Pratibha and somehow we hit it off real well. We soon discovered that we had lived rather close to each other at one point of time, and Pratibha’s family lived right next door to my uncle! Talk about it being a small world. I am very impressed with Pratibha’s blog and how hard she works to get out wonderful content with a focus on green and natural. Be it information on products, e-stores, DIY tips, she’s got it all covered! Do connect with her.

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Pratibha bid adieu to the corporate world over 6 years ago to be a WFHM. It gave her space, time to be with her twin boys and manage work too! She manages partial social media activities for brands; dabbles in a bit of photography, manages her own blog (PratsMusings) and loves creative writing. Recently, Pratibha has started contributing to Elephant Journal.

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Drinks That Help You Detox

I love drinks (not the intoxicating ones!) that keep me healthy and energized to tackle the boys and my action packed day. I used to be addicted to energy drinks till I discovered natural and cost-effective ways of getting the required energy levels. This year I made a resolution to look after myself. Be attentive to what I eat and drink. No, it wasn’t a “I want to lose weight” resolution, it was more of a “I want to be healthy” resolution.

Let’s get one thing straight here; there has always been a myth that detox drinks help you to lose weight. The truth is that these drinks help to flush out the toxins from your body and thus it keeps your body healthy, makes you feel less bloated and keeps you energized.

Let me introduce you to some of my favourite drinks!

The CFC Drink
I can never get tired of this drink! This is a typical winter drink because it needs to be sipped when it is warm. Boil about 200 ml of water and add quarter a spoon each of raw coriander, fennel and cumin seeds. Take the water off the gas and put a lid on the pan. Let the seeds steep in for a while and drink this water when it is warm.

Why do I recommend this?

  • Coriander seeds aid in digestion and help ease menstrual problems for women.
  • Fennel seeds are rich in antioxidants and help enhance the production of red blood cells. They also aid in digestion which is why you see most restaurants serve fennel seeds post a meal.
  • Cumin seeds are an integral part of Indian cuisine. Cumin seeds provide the heat to your body that helps keep the common cold and cough at bay.

The Mint and Cucumber Smoothie
This is one of my favourite drinks. Most of the ingredients are always there in the Indian kitchens and even if they are not, you can get these at the local vegetable vendor.

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What you need for this is one cucumber washed really well. Retain the skin if you wish to, I like to keep the skin on because it adds colour to my drink. Chop it roughly. Add a handful of fresh mint leaves (no stalk please!). Add the juice of one lemon, an inch of ginger of about 2 cups of water. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend till it is a smooth mixture. Drink it as is, do not strain it.

Why do I recommend this?

  • Mint and lemons are known to detox the blood and the juice of a lemon also helps to flush out the toxins from the liver and kidneys.
  • Cucumber is rich in Vitamin B and the high water content and dietary fiber help to flush out the toxins effectively.

In the summer, add some ice to the drink and enjoy a chilled and a healthy smoothie! Just a warning though, I would not recommend this as your first detox drink as this can make you feel a bit queasy if you are not used to detox drinks.

And with the summer setting in pretty quickly, here is another drink that you should include to get rid of the toxins in your body.

Flavoured Water Detox

flavoured_waterAll you need is a jug of water. I take about one litre of water and add to it any of these variations:

  1. One cleaned cucumber with the skin – chopped into large chunks, one sliced lemon and a few springs of mint leaves
  2. Sliced apples, one stick of cinnamon and one sliced lemon.
  3. Oranges and lemons! Just add slices of oranges, one sliced lemon and some mint leaves.

Store the water overnight in the refrigerator and sip this through the day. These drinks are rich in Vitamin C and all the ingredients help to flush out the impurities and toxins from your body. You can choose any variations that you want, but ensure that you change the ingredients every 24 hours because the fruits and veggies will lose the nutrient value. Also flavoured water is a nice change in comparison to normal water.

Please note that detoxification is the process of eliminating toxic substances from your body. There are lots of detox diets and drinks available on the internet. It is advisable that you check with your GP if you have any health concerns before you consume any of the drinks.
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