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Detox your way to the New Year

The holidays may have been the perfect excuse to splurge on food and drinks, unconcerned about the consequences on your health. After all, as the revelries end, you can always list staving off the extra pounds as a New Year’s resolution. Obsessing about weight loss, you may miss many other important factors in your journey to fitness. The grease and flavor you consumed over the season—and the toxins you may have taken in, too—may not reflect on the scales.

The human body is built with mechanisms to eliminate unwanted elements, but certain factors can overwhelm these. Sleeping adequately, hydrating well, avoiding alcoholic beverages and exercising regularly are usual tips to reinforce these defenses. You can further boost these through detox. Here are easy-to-prepare detoxifiers to boost your body and get a headstart on that resolution the healthy way.



Juice your leftover oranges and drink up.

Orange drink

You may already have leftover oranges on the table. Juice them and then drink. If you want to pack it with more nutrients, blend it with carrot juice. Oranges are a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C, while carrots are loaded with beta-carotene and fibers.

Treat your body to a refreshing cucumber drink.

Cucumber and mint drink

If you want a refreshing delight, peel and chop a cucumber then blend it with mint leaves and water. Mint speeds up digestion and eases an upset stomach. Cucumber, on the other hand, contains antioxidants. Filter out the pulp, cool with ice cubes and then sweeten with honey, another source of antioxidants.



Chug some warm lemon water to improve digestion and metabolism.

Lemon juice

Squeeze a lemon into a glass of warm water. Aside from vitamin C, lemons are also rich in antioxidants. Furthermore, lemons have pectin fiber that delays the feeling of hunger. For a hint of spice, add grated ginger. The drink improves digestion and metabolism. Chug on an empty stomach for maximum benefit.

Yogurt is packed with probiotics that can correct digestive issues.

Yogurt

Known as a superfood, it is packed with probiotics that can correct digestive issues and cleanse the digestive tract. Incorporate yogurt in your daily diet to see the difference. Opt for plain unsweetened low-fat and full-fat yogurts to make sure you are loading up more on probiotics than sugars and preservatives. If yogurt is not to your liking, you can always head over to a store nearby to buy a probiotic drink.

Coconut water is one of the easiest and most accessible natural detoxifiers around.

Coconut water

Coconut water contains electrolytes, C and some B vitamins, protein, fiber and antioxidants. It is abundant both in stores and in nature. You can blend it with lemon or lime, honey and grated ginger to make the drink more potent.



Medicard MACE App

MACE app

Detox drinks and other measures to compensate for the holiday overindulgence may cause unanticipated effects on the body. When you need immediate medical advice to manage these or need help designing a more suitable plan, install Medicard Philippines’ MACE App on your mobile device. This free app provides access anytime, anywhere to consultations and other services through a single, user-friendly platform.

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Article and Photo originally posted by Inquirer last January 2, 2021 12:16am and written by Vaughn Alviar. Minor edits have been made by REBPH to cater to its own readers.