Perhaps you have heard the word “detox” tossed around all too frequently to believe it has any real meaning. Unfortunately, major corporations have exploited the true meaning of the word for financial gain. This makes it very hard to untangle the useful, well-researched information on the topic from that which is just fluff.
The truth is, detoxing is paramount to good health and a necessity in our day and age. No matter how clean a lifestyle you live, we are bombarded on a daily basis by a host of toxins ranging from those within our own home to those in the atmosphere at large. Everything from the food we consume, the personal care products we use and the area in which we live can play a major role in our long-term health.
Many toxins such as pesticides, factory pollution, and contaminated water sources are hard to escape. The sad truth is, we live in a very toxic world and that makes it even more important to pay attention to detoxing.
The word detox simply means the act of ridding the body of toxins. It is something that we do singularly or on a continual basis to keep toxins from building up in our body. It is a good healthy practice to develop habits that will help to keep your body free and clear. Some of these habits include getting enough rest, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of clean, fresh water, eating loads of veggies, abstaining from fast and processed food, using non-toxic personal care and cleaning products and reducing stress in your life. All of these things will help to keep your body in prime condition so that it can handle the stress of toxins.
One other healthy habit that I recommend is a very simple detox drink that can be enjoyed daily. This drink will soon become one of your favorites as it not only helps support healthy detoxification but it also boosts your immune system and provides an energy boost.
Apple cider vinegar contains a host of healthy bacteria, vitamins, and minerals that support efficient digestion and build a strong immune system. Lemons are known for their antioxidants and high vitamin C content. They help to protect your body from damage at the cellular level and help cleanse your liver.
The addition of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and ginger in this drink all help support healthy metabolism and detoxification. Raw honey adds just the right amount of sweetness and adds a tremendous therapeutic value of its own.
Enjoy this drink daily, first thing in the morning and you will be doing your body a great favor!
Detox Drink Recipe
- 1 glass warm or hot water (at least 12 – 16 ozs.)
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 dashes of cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp raw honey
- Gather all ingredients and glass. I used a mason jar.
- Heat the water to the desired temperature.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the glass or jar.
- Drink while still warm or hot.
- This drink takes about 5 minutes to prepare.