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Detoxification is grounded on the theory that parts of our bodies such as our digestive tract; gets blocked by toxins preventing the body from functioning effectively. The build-up of toxins in the body is considered to be detrimental to our general health and therefore need to be removed. Detox diets have been a socially acceptable practice that has existed for many decades despite the lack of evidence to support its efficacy. However many studies have found that weight-loss is commonly found in individuals who practice body cleansing and detoxification is recommended to individuals who would like to jump start their weight-loss process.1

There are many great detox smoothies you can drink to help burn fat and boost your energy. These delicious thirst quenching, tummy fulling drinks will help you slim down and get a flatter belly without feeling starved or deprived. Fruits are natural foods that are loaded with immense benefits that aid in weight-loss. They are high in fiber, contain natural sugars and decrease hunger.

Research has recently found that eating five portions of vegetables and fruits every day is an effective way to live a disease-free life. Fruits provide a valuable source of fiber, minerals and vitamins. These superfoods protect our bodies from diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart problems and obesity.2

Before undertaking a detox diet or extreme eating plan; it is important to fully understand and appreciate the possible pros and cons associated with detoxing. There are numerous claimed benefits and risks associated with a detox diet. These benefits and risks are listed below:

Possible benefits of a detox dietdetox

  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Improved kidney and liver functioning
  • Quick jump-start to weight-loss
  • Improved mood and arousal
  • Improved immune system

Risks associated with a detox diet

  • Bloating, gas, and possible diarrhea
  • Many may experience a ‘high’ when detoxing that can become addictive and lead to dangerous eating disorders
  • Weight regain

Detox diets are not recommended to be practiced by teenagers, pregnant women or people with health conditions as a restriction in calorie intake can be detrimental to their health. It is vital to ensure that you consult with your physician first before trying any detox diet. Below you will find a 3-day detox plan, as well as 8 detox drinks that you can use to help boost that desired weight-loss.3

3-day detox plan

Day 1-3: Repeat the following detox program for three days. The breakfast, lunch and dinner drink ingredients need to be blended to make the delicious detox drinks below;

  • Detox tea: green tea, slice of lemon and 1 tsp Stevia
  • Breakfast drink: 1 cup water, 1 tsp flax seed, 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, ¼ cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 2 Tsp. lemon.
  • Lunch drink: 4 celery sticks, 1 cucumber, 1 cup kale leave, ½ apple, ½ lime, 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, ½ cup almond milk, 1 cup pineapple.
  • Snack: repeat favourite drink
  • Dinner drink: ½ cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 ½ cup of coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp. lemon, ¼ avocado, ¼ Tbsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp. flaxseed.
  • Detox bath: 2 ½ cups Epsom salts & 10 drops of lavender oil.4

Detox Smoothie #1

Berry Blast Smoothieberry smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon bee pollen
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #2

Berry Chia Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #3

Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:peanut butter smoothie

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 ½ tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup mixed fresh or frozen berries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #5

Green Almond Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon oats
  • ½ cup kale
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #6

green smoothieProtein Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup organic Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon spirulina
  • ¼ cup cucumber
  • ½ cup spinach • 1 cup parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #7

Coconut Protein Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup raw kale
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Detox Smoothie #8

Coconut Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:blueberry smoothie

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen coconut
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. 5

There are many benefits associated with a body cleanse and the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The 3-day detox diet should be done over a period where little energy is required from you. You may feel a little light-headed at first but try not use up all the energy you have running around as you are on a calorie restricted diet and will have little energy at times. The detox smoothies can be used to replace a meal during the day or can be used in a detox program. Experiment with the different flavors and find the ones you prefer. Do not force yourself to drink something that you do not like the taste of, rather try a few out and find out which ones you like best.

 

References:

  1. globalhealingcenter.com › Blog Home › Cleansing & Detox Articles
  2. health.com › Food
  3. everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/the-truth-about-detox-diets.aspx
  4. http://www.doctoroz.com/article/dr-ozs-3-day-detox-cleanse-one-sheet
  5. http://antidietsolution.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/21-Flat-Belly-Smoothies.pdf

 

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