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Detox Drinks – Can They Deliver the Detox You Want?

cup of herbal teaDetox drinks are one of the important tools that you can use to detox your body. Whether you want to lose weight or to remove heavy metal toxins or just to do a normal natural health detoxification detox drinks can be used although there is no guarantee they will work by themselves.

Detox is a process and is very individual. The natural ability of the body and in particular the liver and the kidneys to process and remove toxins from the body depends on individual genetic traits and your lifestyle. For each person there may be some detox drinks that work well and others that are simply not needed or just don’t work.

Detox drinks come in many different ways so we're going to cover fruit juices first…

One of the first detox remedies people turn to is a blend of freshly juiced fruit. The most common is lemon juice but many berries and luscious fruits are used. Sometimes this is done purely by taste and enjoyment and that’s fine. It may not help to explicitly to detox though – although fresh juices especially if they are organic, that is, unsprayed will be nutritious and may contain a good mix of bioflavonoids, special types of fibre and vitamin C.

The next type of Detox drink is Green juices and Fruit Juices

Beetroot and Ginger juiceNow we’re talking! It’s hard to get kids or even many adults to “Eat their greens” but it’s pretty easy to drink your greens. The strong characteristic taste of greens can be disguised by putting some sweet fruit into the blender along with the greens. This can be as simple as using apples or berries or simple blends like carrots and greens.

Common sense has to be used with sweet juice drinks and if you are diabetic or hypoglycaemic proceed with caution and preferably with professional guidance from a Naturopath or Nutritionist.

Detox drinks: Detox teas

Detox teas are made from herbs that support the liver or the kidneys in their daily work of detoxing the body. The herbs used will reflect the views of the herbalist who produced the blend. Some can be bought at local health stores and are fine for a short program lasting a few days.

For a longer or more thorough detox a Naturopath or herbalist should be consulted because your overall state of health is what is driving the detox and your particular detox programme must always fit your state of health.

If you are very weak or stressed you may need a period of nourishing and a regeneration programme BEFORE you start detoxing.

Why is that?

Because detox needs energy and it always needs extra nutrients.

Many herbs can be used – either the leaf or the root depending on the herb..Typical detox teas can be made from dandelion, milk thistle, artichoke or licorice.

Detox with herbal tinctures

Some people find the smell of simmering roots really unpleasant and in that case the herb can be bought in tincture form. A tincture is easy to take and has little odour. The herb is steeped in alcohol and some of it dissolves. Typically tinctures are used is small doses and require no preparation at all– unlike a tea. They are very convenient because they are sold in small bottles which can easily fit into a pocket or small bag. The tincture can be given straight from the bottle or mixed into a glass of water or juice.

Before we close we have to mention water.

Detox With Water?

Many books and “experts” recommend drinking large quantities of water during detox. There seems to be some viewpoint or belief that cleansing the body can be done by flushing impurities away as it you were hosing down your car!

It is not so easy to detox the body– sadly. It takes the correct use of detox supplements, proper supervision from a health professional and quite a bit of time too.

Drink a few glasses a day of good clean water by all means but there is no agreed dose you take – not 8 glasses or any other quantity and any claims to the contrary are moonshine!

Moderation is the key in all things and that includes detox drinks too, including water!

So do Detox drinks give you any special detoxification?

Like all other parts of detox they have their part to play. For someone who is poorly the emphasis on detox drinks may help them recover better and faster. Most detox drinks apart from tinctures of liver detox herbs have a gentle or perhaps one should say, weak ability to detox. That is fine if you are in a busy situation and cannot take the time to do a full scale detox with a totally clean detox diet and use of detox techniques. Using some gentle detox drinks can make it easier to detox thoroughly when you are ready to do so.

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Does Mother Know Best? The Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar…

Braggs apple cider vinegar7,000 years old and still going strong! No not me, but Apple Cider Vinegar, often called ACV or even NACV for the completely NATURAL organic form.

We're looking at Cider vinegar today as part of our series here at Natural Detox Blog on fermented foods.

So yes it is true that ACV is rich in potassium and has trace amounts of other minerals it is not the rather small content of apple pectin and minerals that stands out.

In fact looking at the label of a bottle of ACV

Amounts per 100ml

Protein

 0.0 gms

 Carbohydrates 

 0.4 gms

Total Fat

 0.0 gms

Fibre

 0.0 gms

Sodium

 0.0 gms

…..it looks like you are buying a bottle of nothing!

And considering that this is made of apples it is quite a shock to see that all that's left is less than half a gram.

The Puzzle of Apple Cider Vinegar

So here we are trying to explain the benefits of apple cider vinegar and why it is a health and detox drink that has been used for thousands of years and has books full of testimonials from people who have used it and are not just happy with it they are ecstatic that this funny vinegar has cured their stomach, their skin, their warts their just about everything….

And we have not yet found a single clue.

The Dog That Did Not Bark

I grew up in London and loved the stories of the detective work of Sherlock Holmes and we have need of him here. There is something powerful in the bottles of ACV and it is not shown on the label.

There is a case in which a crime was committed and a watch dog did not bark. Realising that the key to the case was that the dog did not bark opened the case and showed that the criminal was known to the dog and to stretch this analogy to its breaking point and you may be thinking way beyond its breaking point – the label is quiet about the power of this amazing drink so we must look elsewhere.

How To Make Vinegar

Hold on a second – just a quick reminder of what we're doing here. We start with apples and if we give them the time and temperature we see the apples ferment and create alcohol –cider in this case.

All fruit and vegetables will do the same –allow hops to ferment due to the bacteria in the air and on them naturally and you get beer, allow potatoes to ferment and you get vodka.

Fruit ferments due to atmospheric and surrounding bacteria and produces alcohol. So far so good – we now take the alcohol that our apples have produced and go though one more step.

And if you have made yogurt or ginger beer you will recognise the process.

We start with…..A starter.mother of vinegar shown in a glass

This is a colony of bacteria and is called "Mother of Bacteria" – I kid you not!

See the picture here on the left, which is a Mother culture consisting of yeast and bacteria.

Then we pour the alcohol and the Mother Bacteria into a scrupulously clean container and leave it to…..ferment.

Just like leaving bread to prove.

But bread only takes 45 minutes to prove but this bacterial culture takes between 4 weeks and 4 months!

At the end of this time you have a bacterial culture and liquid and it is this culture that is special about ACV and not the list of ingredients.

Why To make or Take ACV

There is good evidence that taking ACV is good for blood sugar control. Not much else about ACV has good scientific evidence behind it so caution is advised because ACV is strong stuff.

When I first started to take it I just took a swig and thought it was like drinking fire!

So just pop a teaspoonful in a big glass of water will you? My pain, your gain!

What ACV does is to add to your body its unique bacterial properties. It is just like eating sauerkraut or yogurt. You do not eat yogurt for the nutrients in the milk but for the culture of the bacteria that made it.

So whether ACV heals in growing toenails ( I just made that up) or kills head lice (I did not make that up) is not important. Apple Cider Vinegar is a powerful way to easily tune your body into a healthy state like tuning your radio in to the right frequency.

The point of and the Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar are in the general condition and environment that is creates in your body rather than as I expected something like a vitamin or mineral.

Knowing that we can just add this little ritual to our health care

  • Add a teaspoon of ACV to a glass of water – cold or warm
  • Add a teaspoon of honey and
  • Stir briskly

Enjoy – as I am doing right now – ACV plus honey, it's Yummy.

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