Green tea was referred to by Lifehacker as a ‘magical elixir’ – and with good reason! It contains abundant antioxidants and vitamins and is used by health conscious people around the world from gym bunnies to celebrities.
Green tea can help to burn fat, speed up your metabolism, improve immunity to illnesses such as the common cold, hydrate at a similar level to water, plus help in the prevention of neurological disorders such as Alzheimers and even certain cancers, diabetes and arthritis!
For hardcore fans of tea drinking, a cup of Japanese Matcha provides the same nutrition as approximately 10 cups of green tea! People have reported feeling unwell the first time they try it, due to the high level of antioxidant properties and your body’s response, causing it to begin a detox. Matcha can prevent cancer due to its catechin content, prevent heart disease, help the body burn fat, and improve neurological activities.
There are a range of tea detox schedules available free online, so take the time to do some research and select a program that involves the teas you enjoy that can be worked around your schedule.
Often overlooked yet essential to healthy functionality, water can be used as an affordable, beneficial detox method. Drinking water regularly can help flush toxins from the body, however it can be transformed into ‘detox water’ with the addition of a few simple ingredients.
Apple and Cinnamon: For a refreshing zing with almost zero calories, add cinnamon which is key for stimulating your internal organs and help them cleanse, in addition to apple which can provide your body with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Cucumber, Lemon and Mint: Cucumbers mostly consist of water, making them very hydrating for the skin and body. As a result, many detox programs choose to incorporate cucumber, adding the added benefit of the minerals the vegetable contains. The lemon adds a cleansing effect due to its citric acid content, while the mint adds a clean, crisp taste that complements the other ingredients.
Pre-Made Detox Water: There are pre-made mixtures on the market, such as the Jillian Michaels water. These take out the effort of researching the benefits of a variety of ingredients, however they are much more expensive than taking the DIY route and may not do anything unique that would make it worth the difference. Research a product thoroughly before purchasing to ensure you don’t waste your money.