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Drinks That Help You Detox

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.

Thanks for visiting and contributing a wonderful post today, Pratibha!

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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.

Connect with Pratibha via her blog, PratsMusings, and on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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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53 Comments

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  3. Rekha Rekha February 24, 2014

    That was definitely a rich article Pratibha! I was aware of the first one with the coriander, fennel and cumin seeds. But it was nice to know the various combinations we can make. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rum Punch Drunk Rum Punch Drunk February 19, 2014

    I love the fact that all the ingredients are already in my kitchen or 5 minutes away in the shops. This makes it all the much easier to try your detox recipes. I like to try and stay as healthy as possible and I’m now interested in getting those toxins OUT of my body. Great post and thanks for the tips especially when it comes to making water more tasty.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 20, 2014

      🙂 I am sure that you will love these drinks. Just plain lemon wedges in the water also makes an awesome drink. I love to play with flavours so I tend to add more than one fruit and veggie all the time.

  5. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair February 19, 2014

    I have never been a fan of flavoured water that we get to buy in the market. I tried this one and it turned out quite drinkable. I guess detoxing is a must. Thank you for sharing this with us. 🙂

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 20, 2014

      Homemade flavoured waters are the best! I have been sticking to this for at least a year now!

  6. Pixie Pixie February 18, 2014

    I do the coriander seeds water in Summer here.. very much needed with the heat.
    Cucumber and mint smoothie looks delicious! Will try it out for sure! 🙂 as well as the detox water!

    Thank you for these detox drinks Pratibha! 🙂
    And Thank you Corinne for introducing her to us! 🙂

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 20, 2014

      Thanks Pixie! Will look forward to know how you liked it!

  7. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg February 18, 2014

    These are so cool and must have drinks. Thanks for sharing about these healthy drinks, Pratibha. Will try them definitely!! 🙂

  8. Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

    Welcome Fabs! Do try the recipes and let me know how you liked them!

  9. Chai a cup of life Chai a cup of life February 18, 2014

    I’ve seen flavoured water like this once before and have been meaning to do this for a while. Great recipes and also thanks for sharing the benefits!

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

      Welcome! Flavoured water is one of my fav’s too! There is so much variety you can add to it!

  10. Sid Sid February 18, 2014

    Now, I usually steer clear of “health” posts, but something made me come here. And I wasn’t disappointed. I do use Lemon wedges in a jar of water and it tastes yummy….much better than normal water at times. Time to use some cucumber too 🙂

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

      Add some mint leaves to the water Sid and you have a drink that is absolutely refreshing!

  11. Shefali Shefali February 18, 2014

    Loved this blog post Prats. When I get bored of water I do the lemon wedges, I just love it. Going to try the second smootie, looks yum 🙂

  12. Suzie Cheel Suzie Cheel February 18, 2014

    What a wonderful collection of detoxing recipes. I have tried the flavoured water detox- One cleaned cucumber with the skin – chopped into large chunks, one sliced lemon and a few springs of mint leaves plus I drink lemon water all day

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

      Suzie I am told that the cucumber with skin is more nutritious! I like to eat the cucumber though once I am done with drinking the water 🙂

  13. Betsy/Zen Mama Betsy/Zen Mama February 18, 2014

    Pratibha and Corrine,
    I love the idea of both your detox drinks. I have a new super-blender and have been making a “green machine” drink with fruit, spinach and kale that I just love. I’m inspired to try the cucumber drink next!
    Thanks!

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

      Thank you Betsy! I am sure that you will love trying these!

  14. Fab Fab February 18, 2014

    These are great ideas, especially for those who don’t get their required fluid intake. I love mint and cucumber, so that smoothie is a must try for me!! Thanks for a lovely post!

  15. Mary Stephenson Mary Stephenson February 18, 2014

    I especially like the fruit slices, it is definitely a refreshing change from plain water. Also trying to get healthy and have been using Apple Cider Vinegar lately. It is helping but some days I feel worse than others. I have read that in the process of detox you can actually feel worse as the toxins are being thrown off. Optimum health is what we all would like.
    Did a raw fruits and vegetables for 3 weeks a number of years ago. After 2 days of juices I was eager to get some substance. So went to whole food for some of the time. But after 3 weeks I was feeling better than I ever have and also lost weight. Couldn’t stay with it when others were home, so abandoned it. One day maybe I will go back to it for a short period. It was easier when there was a huge variety of produce in the summer.

    Mary

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 18, 2014

      I have always looked at detox drinks as an alternative to being healthy! All I can say that it balances my weight issue! I still have a long way to go 🙂

  16. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara February 17, 2014

    I’m going to try these, thank you!

  17. Kathy Kathy February 17, 2014

    I have tried flavoring water with different fruits in an effort to drink more water during the day. I will have to give some of your recipes a try.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Would love it Kathy! Do let me know which ones you loved!

  18. Sulekha Sulekha February 17, 2014

    Pratibha,
    Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. Believe me after reading your post, I went into the kitchen and measured 200 ml water, hunted around for fennel seeds, cumin and coriander seeds and heated the concoction up 🙂
    I hope to be healthy but also lose some weight in the process 🙂
    Great post, thanks Corinne.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Sulekha,
      I used to think that detox drinks would make me thinner, but I ended up with better health! Don’t consume a detox drink to lose weight, instead drink it to be healthy and the right weight will follow 🙂 <3

  19. Geeta Nair Geeta Nair February 17, 2014

    Interesting. Must try this out.

    Btw we have a health drink prepared by my husband each morning, in which pieces of all vegetables and leaves available in the kitchen like cucumber, carrot, snake gourd, bitter gourd, radish, curry leaves, drumstick leaves, pumpkin, etc find a place.

  20. Richa Singh Richa Singh February 17, 2014

    Finding such a great collection of easy to make and drink recipes under one post is a wonderful surprise. Pratibha I quite like the clarification you gave on detox and losing weight. The fad to be size zero or rather keeping a thinner waist has quite taken the attention off being healthy.

  21. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom February 17, 2014

    Hmmm…. Sounds interesting, this idea of flavoured water. The one with citrus fruits sounds the best.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      The best part is that you can add any fruit you want! I love to add melons too, it makes a very fruity water that is awesome to drink.

  22. Rainbow Hues Rainbow Hues February 17, 2014

    Lovely…this is something that I can definitely do, so will try for sure!

    Thanks Pratibha…and Thanks Corinne 🙂

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Welcome Kajal! All these drinks make water more interesting. Trust me, I can now drink more than the required intake of water!

  23. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury February 17, 2014

    Love the flavored water detox…and what a pleasure to see you here, Pratibha! 🙂 Staying healthy is a better goal than a weight loss goal!

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Oh I am super excited Vidya! Will stop by your blog soon 😀

  24. Amena Amena February 17, 2014

    Great post + recipes Pratibha. Thank you for sharing them. I have been asked by my doc to lose weight and these drinks are just the thing I need.
    Thank you Corinne for sharing this with all of us.
    ❤ Amena.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Welcome Amena! I would suggest that you check with your doctor first because I drink these to keep myself healthy 🙂

  25. Priti Priti February 17, 2014

    Detox looks quite interesting… gonna try it for sure. 😉

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Priti, for a change you would like to try something I make! that is a huge compliment!

  26. Alka Alka February 17, 2014

    Flavored water is a lovely idea. Gonna try it today.

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      I have always been a fan of flavoured water! It makes water an interesting drink! 🙂

  27. Danny Simon Danny Simon February 17, 2014

    Wow… should try out some of these… looks good 🙂
    My detox procedure involves drinking one litre of water every morning Atleast one hour prior to breakfast

    • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

      Danny, these are just extra ways of consuming more water and helping to get rid of the toxins from your body. Adding flavour to the water just makes it interesting.

  28. Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

    Yaaay! I finally get to feature on your blog! Thanks a ton. February has been such a wonderful month for me. And you just made it more awesome by publishing my post!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 17, 2014

      Thank you for agreeing so readily to post here, Prats and for such an excellent post too! So glad this month has been great for you – it will only get better! ♥

      • Pratibha Pratibha February 17, 2014

        Thanks Corinne! I know, I feel that this is the start of all things good!

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