1. The Rapid Detox Carrot Drink
Recipe: Juice 2-3 carrots, add a tablespoon or two of lemon juice and a bit of honey
This detoxing drink is particularly effective for weight loss, due to it’s special combination of carotene and citric acid. Acids, including lemon juice and vinegar are extremely important for losing weight. Many people swear that massive doses of vitamin c (4-5g/day) melt fat like nothing else. What’s interesting is that it’s not actually the vitamin C that’s causing the weight loss, but rather the acidity. Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, and it has a pH of 2.4 – the same as vinegar and lemon juice. This drink is extremely effective, especially when taken on an empty stomach.
2. The Tomato Juice Cleanser
This drink is extremely simple – it’s just tomato juice, with some black pepper and salt. Just like the first drink, it’s very acidic. But it also has another power – it’s packed with minerals. Tomato juice is the best source of potassium. This means that a glass of this juice is enough to keep hunger at bay for many hours! Black pepper increases insulin sensitivity, which makes this detoxing drink perfect for weight loss. Athletes, and especially marathon runners often drink this drink to rehydrate properly. The drink contains very few calories – almost an insignificant amount – a glassful of the juice is about 30 calories.
3. Watermelon Juice
Watermelon juice is very easy to prepare – you can either put watermelon flesh in the blender, or you can put it in a strainer and smash it with your hands to produce juice. Watermelon juice is relatively high in calories – about 40 calories per cup. However, it’s high nutritional content, acidity and special phytochemicals, like citrulline make it perfect for weight loss. Here’s what’s also interesting: putting ice in the drink, makes it almost zero-calorie – that’s because the body uses all the energy contained in the juice to compensate for the cooling effect on your body.
How detoxing drinks work and do they lead to weight loss?
We already mentioned some of the mechanisms behind the power of the three simple drinks. But there is more to be said about the power of phytonutrients to produce visible weight loss and belly fat reduction. Your liver can store a lot of fat-soluble toxins, which require antioxidants to ‘liberate’. If you’re not consuming enough plant antioxidants (which the above-mentioned drinks have plenty of), you can be sure that there are toxins in your liver, which your body can’t get rid of by itself.