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Detox From Holiday Excess

The holidays have come and gone and you may have consumed a few cakes, cookies, some eggnog, and way too much wine.

It’s time to reset your body, get rid of all those sugars, alcohol, and toxins and start working towards a healthier you. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy one of those expensive detox programs. For a small amount of money, you can make your own drinks out of ingredients you may already have. Add or substitute ingredients to your liking. And don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day!

Below are examples.

The Green Smoothie


1 bunch of kale

1 frozen banana

½ a cup of frozen mango

½ cup of water

A green smoothie is a great way to start off your detox while providing your body with energy. High in vitamins and minerals, a smoothie adds fruits and vegetables to your diet. It’s easily digestible and will help flush out your system in addition to being rich in fiber, low in calories, and hydrating. It's a breakfast option or portable snack.

Apple Cider Vinegar + Lemon


1 to 2 tbsp raw ACV

Juice of half a lemon

10 ounces of purified water

Lemon is a natural diuretic and will increase the rate of urination, helps clean the urinary tract and free it of infections. The vitamin C in lemons cleanses the liver by removing toxin build up. It aids digestion and removes toxins in the lymph glands, colon, and bladder. ACV reduces inflammation, balances Ph levels, and is rich in enzymes and potassium.

Cayenne Pepper Lemon Maple Syrup Water (By


Juice of half a large lemon

2 tbsp real maple syrup

Pinch of cayenne pepper

10 ounces of purified water

These four ingredients assist detoxification. Lemon juice helps purify the body and provides potassium. Cayenne pepper enhances circulation and metabolic function. Pepper also provides vitamins B and C. Maple syrup in the lemonade offers energy through natural sugars and some trace minerals. Purified water contains no potential pollutants or chemicals that you might encounter in tap or commercial bottled waters.

Knezovic is a freelance writer and yogi who is so obsessed with eating that she took on a degree in Food Studies at The New School for Public Engagement. Follow her pizza obsession, everyday life endeavors, and travels on Instagram @evapiggie.

Illustration by Sharon Watts


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