So many of us work hard every day and feel like we can barely get through it without needing some sort of energy boost. We can often find ourselves reaching for chocolate or coffee when this happens, and that’s ok, it’s what we have done for quite some time. But what we want to work at on this weeks food focus is to re-train ourselves to work towards a better choice when we do find our energies are down. Instead of chocolate and coffee or caffeinated drinks being our go to, which they can do, we want to work at integrating a few of these drinks into our plan.
Even if you aren’t feeling energy zapped, these are great to help take your nutrition and body gains to the next level. They are just fabulous like that!
These drinks and ingredients help to naturally reduce inflammation, boost energy, support digestion, cleanse the liver and promote healthy skin. Now, some of you might already be thinking “sounds like a detox of some sort”. Well, in the sense of helping your body find a piece of the puzzle to help cure your energy zapping mess, or boosting your immune function then yes. But many of us when we hear “detox” link it to fasting or some special formula, and now wonder, Detox in the dictionary can be classified as “abrupt or sudden withdrawal”.
I hope that you have already become very aware that nothing we do at Beattitude asks you to do either of these, which is why you will never find a “detox” on our programs.
These drinks, that I would like you to start integrating into your daily plans simply help boost your bodies vitamin and mineral intake along with focussing on specific ingredients you might not find in juices or in your meals.
These drinks can be made with ingredients you already have at home, like lemon, apple cider vinegar, cucumbers and watermelon. There is nothing fancy to them and they are VERY easy to make.
Many of us can be on fabulous plans, we’re being consistent with our eating, still going out, working out, getting our vegetables but yet somehow we are still finding that we experience constipation, bloating, gas, headaches, fatigue, aches and pains, nausea, stubborn belly fat, skin issues, cravings, low energy and mood swings. The thing is, this is life, you are not 100% all the time going to feel fabulous, you will have low days, energy dips and things like these. But utilising something from your toolkit to help fix some of these is what you can do to better your situation.
These drinks and specific foods help to:
- Cleanse the liver
- Reduce Inflammation
- Aid to weight loss
- Better skin health
- Boost your energy and mental awareness
Obviously all of these are dependent on your overall nutritional plan, and balance between your rest and relaxation and fight or flight system too, but as I said before this is one for your toolkit to add into the plan if everything is going well.
Let’s list the foods first and then we’ll get onto the mixes.
- Mint. This is at the top of the list because it has one of the highest antioxidant capacities. It can soothe upset stomachs or indigestion.
- Watermelon. This is low in calories yet helps the body hydrate. It works at helping inflammation while providing vitamin A and B, both of which have anti-aging properties.
- Cucumber. It has some really impressive benefits when it comes to fighting free radical damage and inflammation. Cucumbers are also diuretics, so they can stimulate urination which helps to cleanse the liver,flush out toxins and prevent excess water retention.
- Lemon. Lemons contains ascorbic acid, which helps to detoxify the body, aids digestion and keep your skin glowing. As you probably know, it is also high in Vitamin C which helps boost physical performance and your immune function.
- Lime. Another one that is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Limes actually aid detoxification by promoting the activating of an enzyme in the liver.
- Grapefruit. An enzyme found in grapefruit called AMPK helps your body utilize sugar, which boosts your metabolism and helps to support weight loss. Grapefruit also boosts the immune system because it contains high levels of Vitamin C.
- Raspberries. These little berries of joy contain ketones which are natural chemicals that are thought to help you lose weight fast, whether they do or not is still being studies but nevertheless, they are full of Vitamin C and B which helps to promote skin health.
- Strawberries. These berries contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
- Ginger. Ginger can serve as an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. It can also help relieve bloating, constipation and gastrointestinal issues.
- Rosemary. This is a fantastic little herb that is part of the mint family. It works by enhancing the body’s bile flow which is essential for fat metabolism and detoxification. By helping to enhance the performance of the gallbladder and balance out the microflora in the gut, rosemary boost your nutrient absorption.
- Apple Cider vinegar. ACV supports digestive function with its enzymes and probiotics and helps to fight acid reflux naturally.
So how do you create these drinks?
Well, it’s pretty easy…
- Adding the ingredients to a glass jar or pitcher.
- Let it sit for 3–5 hours or overnight.
- Add ice to your detox drink before enjoying.
- All of these detox water recipe ideas call for 350ml of water, but you can always play with these portions and tweak the combinations.
- Any combination of these awesome detox drink ingredients will help to remove toxins from the body, boost energy, reduce inflammation and promote weight loss.
Here are the combinations:
- 1 handful of mint leaves, 2 cups of watermelon, chopped, and 1 lime chopped
- 1 lemon chopped, 1 cucumber sliced
- Lemon juice from 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup of strawberries, sliced, , 2 cups of watermelon, chopped, and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon, tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 apple, sliced.
- Juice from 1 lemon and 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon and 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger root, grated
And lastly…here is my morning wake up drink that really gets your body woken up!
Morning Cider Drink
- 350ml of warm or hot water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½-1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp raw, local honey (optional)
- Warm the water and mix all ingredients together, then simply enjoy!