How to Detoxify Your Body and Why You Should Do It

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You’ve likely heard of the age old and Victoria’s secret model endorsed morning ritual of taking a shot of ACV in the morning in efforts to detoxify the body.
You might be thinking – “why would I willingly do such a thing….. what benefits could possibly come out of this that would outweigh the putrid taste of drinking vinegar first thing in the morning ? I don’t hate myself!”…. To that, I say- fair enough!
This seemingly masochistic task does reap many benefits for the body, but fret not; I have some ways to achieve those same benefits without the torture :).
So WHAT are these benefits I speak of—– Why should you detoxify your body? Our livers already are tasked with detoxifying chemicals, so why should we take extra steps?
Turns out the Standard American Diet (SAD) consisting of over-consuming processed animal products, processed grains,  and artificial ingredients compounded with environmental pollutants and stressors are guilty for overworking our livers. Constant overworking and stressing of the liver causes the organ to lose its efficiency in carrying out essential functions.
alkaline and acid foods guide

An acidic bloodstream results in an inflamed body. Inflammation is the root cause of the most common diseases that afflict people…….so by deductive reasoning, we can conclude that an acidic bloodstream is likely to result in the onset of life-changing diseases.

Reducing bodily acidity, and thereby inflammation, doesn’t call for a diet change alone. Stress plays a huge role in contributing to the inflammation, resilience, and functioning of the body. As you make an effort to eat less inflammatory foods, you should also make an effort to reduce/manage stress in a healthy way.
A 2012 research study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University Professor Sheldon Cohen and his team, revealed that “when under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease”.
Alkalizing the body is the best way to reverse/slow inflammation. Also known as detoxification, efforts to alkalize the body include eating foods with a high pH level (see chart above ).
In addition to incorporating more  alkaline foods into your daily diet and reducing stress levels, there are many tried and true “tonics” that can aid in the detoxification process. The Victoria’s Secret model hack we talked about before is among one of these tonics– check out some others!

1) Warm Lemon Water

-This is my choice of drink every morning. I use a 32 oz. mason jar and fill it with warm water and the juice of a whole lemon.
-This drink is definitely the mildest of the options included, but it still reaps detoxifying and cleansing benefits.
me, looking like a hot mess at 4:30 in the morning ft. my lemon water bff

2)  Lemon Water w/ Cayenne and Honey

-Drink 1 just got intense!
– This drink has all the same detox benefits that comes with the aforementioned drink, but the addition of cayenne pepper adds a host of benefits that surpass other detox drinks including:
       – lowered HDL cholesterol
        -relieved migraine pain
        -boosted metabolic rate
        -cleared arteries
– On top of the much appreciated sweetness, honey also possesses probiotics to welcome the good bacteria in your gut and scare away the bad.

3) Green Tea w/ Lemon

*make sure to use actual green tea/matcha, not green tea extract!*
-Green tea is abundant in antioxidants called catechins, which have many benefits including the ability to neutralize metals and toxic substances in the body.
 

4) Morning Cleansing Smoothie

-Make a smoothie that is sufficient enough to be consumed for breakfast or alongside breakfast.
– You can add any variation of raw leafy greens and fruit to mix it up.
– I like including:
  • Raw spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • Plant based protein powder
  • Coconut Water

Check out more of my favorite smoothie recipes that have hidden sneaky veggies!

Remember- having these detox tonics is absolutely not necessary for you to be a healthy person! This is purely supplemental. The fundamentals of a healthful person is mental health, emotional health, physical fitness, and whole foods nourishment. Living a balanced lifestyle and eating plant based is paramount to sequestering inflammation and living long, healthfully, and happily.
So— let me know— have you tried any of these drinks!? What steps are YOU gonna take to combat inflammation in your body?
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Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

February 13, 2018
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20 Comments

  • Reply Sophie

    I love this post, Zahra! I enjoy a good detox 🙂 I recently completed a 7-day juice cleanse, and it just blows my mind how my cravings have changed. I no longer want junk/fast food but crave water and vegetables. I feel more alert and overall healthier.

    February 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Sunni

    I love detoxes! My favorite way to reset my body is doing a Whole30 (in fact I’m starting one the end of this month!). Great ideas here, thank you!

    February 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Renee

    This is so detailed and awesome! Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas! Kind of mad I just used the last of my lemon!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:26 am
    • Reply Zahra

      Thanks for your support, Renee! I always include a bag of lemons in my weekly grocery list– I run out way too quickly!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Erin Haugerud

    This sounds interesting! I might have to try!

    February 15, 2018 at 2:00 am
    • Reply Zahra

      You should definitely try some of these drinks out, Erin! Can’t hurt 🙂

      February 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    This is SO interesting. I had no idea that all of those foods were so acidic. Thanks for providing all of this helpful information, and also for the great visual to show the range of acidity levels. That’s so useful!

    February 15, 2018 at 1:19 am
    • Reply Zahra

      I’m so glad this was helpful for you, Paula!! Thanks for the support 🙂

      February 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Awesome article. I already had a general idea of what foods are alkaline and acidic, but it’s nice to see it all organized in a table format like what you have provided. I need to start drinking some lemon water in the mornings again!

    February 14, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      I’m glad you found it to be resourceful, Jen! Sounds like a great plan 🙂

      February 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply susie liberatore

    WOW I had no idea about all of these bad things.. WOW

    February 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      crazy, right?!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Nicole | Glamorously You

    I need more smoothies in my life! 🙂 I love drinking lemon water in the morning. It just feels right, you know? lol

    February 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      I totally know what you mean! It’s become ingrained in my routine— hate going without it!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply candy

    These drinks might be something I will have to get adjusted to drinking in the morning. Understand the detox and how important it is to a persons body.

    February 14, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      Yes, you can definitely start lighter using just half a small lemon in your water and then work up as you feel comfortable!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Aleah W.

    Hi Zahra thanks so much for the advice on working to cleanse our body of all the chemicals pumped in them through our food. I did the ACV shot in the morning everyday for two weeks and it was just too harsh and made my throat raw. But I will definitely be implementing the warm lemon water in my mornings. Thanks!

    February 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      Yes– the ACV shot definitely burns! it’s pretty much like taking a shot of alcohol first thing in the morning lol. I’m so glad you’re gonna try these drinks out! I would love to know what you think. Thanks, Aleah!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Kristin Cook

    Wow! I had no idea that acidity and inflammation were linked! That’s so interesting!

    February 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      Yes, they are so intertwined! Thanks for the support, Kristin!

      February 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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