5 Things You Should Know About Detoxing Juices
Down a detoxing beverage to shrink your tummy, rev your metabolism, and clear up your skin. Bonus: more energy! Here are five crucial pointers you're going to want to know about how to get the most out of your juice.
Processed juices are often loaded with sugar, a source of empty calories that can contribute to harmful cellular inflammation, says May Tom, R.D., staff nutritionist at Cal-a-Vie, a health retreat in Vista, California. But pomegranate juice is packed with antioxidants, including ellagic acid, which Tom says assists your liver in its detox duties. And beet juice, known in Chinese medicine as a blood purifier, was recently found to increase athletic endurance. Use them in moderation (e.g., as an ingredient in smoothies).
It's chock-full of antioxidants known as catechins, which studies have shown may help reduce belly fat and lower the risk for melanoma.
If you really want to flood your body with vitamins and antioxidants that will destroy age-causing free radicals, juicing is the way to go. "Not many people are going to eat four or five pounds of leafy greens in one sitting," says Eric Helms, author ofThe Juice Generation. "But juicing removes all the fiber, so those nutrients are absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream." And juicing raw veggies (organic, to avoid pesticide residues) preserves more of their nutrients than cooking them. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens are low in sugar and high in polyphenols and carotenoids, two antioxidants that have been shown to help guard against sun damage.
Yeah, you know it's zero calories, but here's another reason the clear stuff is amazing: Research shows that we often mistake thirst for hunger, and drinking a glass or two of water before meals helps you eat less, which adds up to a leaner midsection. Guzzle it first thing in the morning to keep your metabolism stoked: "At night, we're not drinking anything for hours on end, so we tend to wake up slightly dehydrated," says Tom. That can slow your metabolism. Water also helps flush the toxins out of your system. And the more toxins you eliminate this way, the fewer will pass through your skin, where they can cause damage such as aging.
Toxins are a leading cause of inflammation in your body, and when that occurs in your digestive tract, it can bloat your stomach and make your waistband snug. Probiotics, the kind of good-for-you bacteria found in yogurt, can soothe tummy troubles and deflate your belly. Get a dose from fermented drinks like kefir, which is dairy-based, and kombucha, a tea. Another plus: They may help increase your overall immunity.
Video: How To Detox Your Body (And Warning Signs That You Need To)
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