With being in the throws of Tranform30, Burn Boot Camp, and well...life, I've been busy and sore but super energized.
It's making a difference.
So far I've lost an inch around my waist, an inch around my hips, and a little less around my legs and arms. I can't really see a significant impact on the scale, though. And that's ok. I'm building muscle. Then, that muscle will help me burn more calories every. single. day.
I've also been able to lower my thyroid medication (I take Armour...it's a game changer) 15mg. This is huge, and totally part of why I'm doing this. True Health. Good endorphins. Level hormones. Boosted metabolism. WIN.
However, I have started getting little eruptions (ie, acne) on my face and shoulders, a sure sign that toxins are being released. A little TMI, but I've noticed my bowel movements aren't very regular right now, and I'm trying to remedy that as well.
And that means special attention to my liver & colon. They are clearly TRYING to detox. And I am dead set on helping that process.
Enter: Awesom-Tox (like awesome sauce? maybe?)
18oz spring or alkaline water
6oz unsweetened, organic cranberry juice- ONLY cranberry. No blends.
3 oz fresh lemon juice
3-4 tsp raw apple cider vinegar(with the mother)
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Directions: Brew the dandelion tea in 6-8 oz of the water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Juice 3-4 small lemons until you have 3oz. Combine tea, cranberry juice, lemon juice, vinegar & remaining water. Put in the fridge. Drink 6oz each before your 3 main meals of the day.
Why I like this drink:
- These are real food ingredients. Perhaps not whole food, but I'll take it.
- It's easy. There are many fresh juices you can make in your kitchen that will help with detox, but many of us are busy. This feels like a really good, simple, thing- Plus you can make it ahead of time!
- It will raise your blood pH. This is good- We want a blood pH level of around 6.5-7, if possible. This drink will help. It's good for your health, plus it has major benefits, like decreasing cancer growth rates, increasing fat metabolism, enhancing hormone production, enabling detoxification (via the liver, as far as I know), etc. Me likey.
- It's tasty. No sugar, so it's tart, but it's not SOUR. It's full of pleasant flavor!
Other ideas for detox:
Beets are also known to be very good for liver health, and to help with detoxification. They are also helpful to the gallbladder, which can be affected when we are processing fats as we work out and lose weight. I love them raw & juiced, and also steamed and sliced on salads.
Carrot juice is really excellent, for me, at getting "things moving"- thus making it great for helping the colon. Much waste leaves through the colon, and if it's running smoothly, it can really be helpful in getting bad things out of the body. Carrot juice WORKS!
Greens are a HUGE one- Green smoothies, salads for and with meals, and in juices. Just be sure to rotate them. Each have different amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), and each have different properties that can build up and have negative effects on the body. So rotating them is very good!!
In fact, most vegetables & raw juices made from them will help with detox, balancing blood pH, and keeping things "moving"- It's just a matter of making them! They are best fresh and raw.
(I read a lot of research studies. And am a registered nurse. But sometimes I dont remember where I read something! So here is my reference for today, I think it about covers it: http://goo.gl/qdKdl)
Well so I'll REALLY like this drink if it actually helps me out- We'll see! I hear in 14 days, if I drink it before every healthy meal, I can get rid of some of this "fluffy" on my stomach- And that would be awesome. But mostly, I want to get rid of my signs of toxicity, like the acne. And keep in mind, I'm pairing this with exercise, a healthy diet with no gluten & dairy, and full of fresh vegetables, including Juice Plus+. It's VITAL that you do all these things in balance, get all the antioxidants you need to maintain good health, and protein to build muscle and support your body.
Have you tried a detox drink like this? What did you think?