Ultimate Morning Detox Drink
What exactly does "detox" mean? Lately, this word has become very popular (ahem, overused) and in general, most people think of it as an easy way to "cleanse" the body or even to shed a few pounds. These days, most detox programs are based on juice fasts or menus that focus on light, (usually) plant based foods. I'm personally not a fan of restrictive juice cleanses so I don't partake in them and just opt to support my body's natural detox pathways on a daily basis.
The organ responsible for the detoxification of our body is the liver - and the better we treat the liver, the more effectively the rest of the body is able to function. A sluggish liver usually comes with terrible symptoms such as poor sleep, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, PMS, fatigue, acne, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. If you're suffering from any of these symptoms, chances are you have a backed up liver and could see an improvement when you address the underlying cause (aka show your liver some love!).
In today's modern world, it is increasingly important to support the liver and even consider doing a gentle detox a few times a year. This is not because our bodies are not able to detoxify toxins naturally, but because we live in a time where we are bombarded by toxins (cosmetics, non organic foods, plastics, etc.).
Substances that Damage the Liver
- excessive use of antibiotics
- excessive use of herbal supplements
- high fructose corn syrup
- too much refined sugar and fructose (including agave)
- artificial flavors/food colors
- fried foods
- processed food
If you've noticed that you haven't been feeling the greatest lately, have low energy levels, or just want to show your liver some love, then you MUST try this detox drink.
The Ultimate Morning Detox Drink
What You Need
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- juice of 1/2 grapefruit
- 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- a few sprigs of mint
In a large glass of warm water, add all of the ingredients and mix with a spoon. Sip mindfully with a straw and enjoy!
The benefits of this detox drink are truly endless! It's amazing for daily cleansing the body, it helps to alkalize the body, it's filled with vitamin C, increases your metabolism.. etc. etc.
In short, it's really the perfect way to start your day!