Is “start eating healthy” on your New Year’s resolutions list? You’re not the only one, and chances are, you’re looking into some “fun”, quick and easy juice cleanses that will help you detox in no time.
If you’ve ever been on a juice cleanse, you know it’s no fun at all, and recent research shows that juice cleanses actually slow your metabolism down. Now that we’re done with bad news, it’s time to get to the good news – the good news is, our liver and kidneys do an amazing job doing the same thing those juices promise to do, meaning you don’t need to starve, juice-cleanse or torture your body to do a detox. To make the good news even better, there are foods with impressive detoxifying and slimming properties you can incorporate into your diet and make the process even more satisfying.
The half-a-grapefruit trick
Need to get rid of fat and turn on some calorie-burning brown fat cells? Then half a grapefruit before each meal is the way to go! Science says it’s amazing at burning fat, there’s even research that shows you can lose up to one inch in six weeks by using this method. Just make sure you don’t put sugar on it and you’ll be fine.
The bloat-free hibiscus tea
Egg nog. Turkey. Yams. Stuffing. Cookies. Cake. Cinnabons. Gingerbread men. Do we need to go on or did we pretty much nail your holiday food favorites? Eating all of these will make it a bit hard to fit in your skinny jeans, but don’t despair – chances are, you’re just bloated, and if there’s one thing that helps there, it’s hibiscus tea! The don’t-add-sugar rule still applies!
The detoxifying lemon water
Remember the 8-glasses-a-day rule? It’s still there! If you fill your water with lemons and drink the recommended 8 glasses a day, you fill your body with the antioxidant de-limonene. That’s a powerful compound found in the peel and it’s job is to stimulate liver enzymes, helping them flush toxins from the body. Oh, and it also gives a kick to lazy bowels, so win-win!
The cell-regenerating beets
Time to get rid of your fear of beets and make the most of this natural anti-oxidant. Beets help regenerate cells in the liver, the body’s primary detox center, which is a really smart thing to do in the post-holiday season.