How Do Detox Drinks Help You?
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Environmental toxins like lead, mercury, phthalates, BPA, and even trace levels of arsenic are found everywhere. We come in contact with these toxins from ingesting them, inhaling or indirect contact as in the case of third hand smoke.
A survey published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine points to the need for detoxification to alleviate the so-called “body burden” caused by these bioaccumulative toxicants. According to the researchers, “studies increasingly suggest that the human body burden of several chemicals, at physiologically relevant levels, is a real threat to human health”.
These bioaccumulative toxicants are responsible for our increased risk for certain ailments including cardiovascular disease, endocrine disease and even certain cancers.
While our body is naturally capable of defending itself from all these harmful toxins, it may not be enough and that’s where detoxing comes into the picture. A better way of looking at the practice of detoxing is to view it as a natural harmonizing therapy that works two-folds. Firstly, it aids the body in flushing out accumulated toxins. Secondly, it can be used to add back valuable nutrients, fiber, minerals, and vitamins to help keep the body running at optimum levels. Think of the detoxification process as an extension of a healthy lifestyle - a respite rather than a cure-all for the day’s overindulgences. With the rise of homeopathic and holistic medicine, more and more people are turning to cleansing as a key component to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
What are the Benefits of Detox Drinks?
Detox drinks help the body “clean out” these toxins as well as add back any lost nutrients, minerals or vitamins in order to lessen the “body burden”. Here are some of the ways detox drinks can help:
- Helps with liver health – the liver is one of the body’s detoxification organs. Detox drinks rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene and minerals like zinc and selenium supports liver health. Another notable source of antioxidants is Maple Syrup. In fact, a Canadian research team found 24 different antioxidant compounds in maple syrup. We can’t stress enough the importance of antioxidants in preventing cellular damage from free radicals. Other ingredients like Milk Thistle, Dandelion root and Schisandra in detox drinks have been studied and found to help protect liver cells while helping to get rid of poisons.
- Combats inflammation – inflammation is our body’s response to infection or damage. It is part of the body’s healing process. However, when the inflammation is chronic; it can lead to diseases like atherosclerosis and immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Certain ingredients and combination of ingredients in detox drinks can help combat inflammation. Ingredients like Turmeric have shown potential against pro-inflammatory diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and others. Cayenne peppers, the ones used in the Master Cleanse detox, contain a compound with powerful anti-inflammatory properties called Capsaicinoids. Another anti-inflammation compound is Bromelain. Pineapples are rich in Bromelain. Bromelain has been shown to have positive effects on the cardiovascular system, circulation, osteoarthritis, diabetes and more.
- Helps with weight loss – detox drinks can help with weight loss by jumpstarting the metabolism. Certain ingredients found in detox drinks like cayenne pepper, grapefruit juice and etc. have been shown to have a positive effect on weight loss. The compound that gives Cayenne Peppers its heat, Capsaicin, is also a thermogenic chemical. Studies have shown that it has the ability to increase your metabolism, increase the feeling of fullness or satiety and lessen cravings. Grapefruit juice has been shown to aid in weight loss and manage insulin levels. In a 2011 study, participants lost an average 7% of their body weight while on a diet supplemented with grapefruit. Another study in 2006 found that participants who drank grapefruit juice before every meal lost 3.5 pounds while on the 12-week plan.
What are the Best Detox Ingredients?
When it comes to detoxing, there’s an overabundance of ingredients – each with their specific uses. Here are just some of the common ingredients used in most detox drinks:
- Lemons – Not only are lemons rich in Vitamin C (you get 51% of your RDA) but they offer loads of other health benefits too.
- Grapefruit – We already mentioned how grapefruit helps with weight loss but did you also know that grapefruit can also reduce fatigue. An organic compound found in grapefruit called Nootkatone demonstrated beneficial effects “toward preventing obesity and improving physical performance”.
- Activated Charcoal – activated charcoal has long been used as a treatment in poisoning situations and in water filtration. Its safe when used in moderation but care should be taken because it binds not only to the harmful toxins but also to essential nutrients and medication.
- Cayenne Pepper – we already discussed the inflammation fighting wonders of Capsaicinoids but Cayenne peppers have also been known to improve the risk factors of coronary heart disease.
- Cucumbers – not just great on salads but cucumber has high amounts of beneficial nutrients and vitamins (Vitamin C, K, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese) as well as soluble fiber to clean out your digestive system.
- Ginger – contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound called Gingerol. A 2015 study reported that type 2 diabetes patients had a 12% decrease in their fasting blood sugar after 12 weeks of receiving ginger supplements twice daily.
- Maple syrup – we already talked about the 24 antioxidant compounds found in maple syrup but did you know that the process of creating maple syrup also develops a compound with anti-inflammation properties? The substance was named Quebecol.
- Acai – has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food (even higher than blueberries).
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