Detox and slimming drinks
At the beginning of the year, the time is for good resolutions. Among the latter, a good intention often comes up: pay more attention to your diet. To start the year off right, here are some tips from our dietitian.
Perhaps you are one of those people who plan to start the year with a detox cure, with the idea of erasing the many gaps that punctuate the end-of-year celebrations. Good news: our dietician gives you her ideas for detox and slimming drinks to start the new year off on the right foot!
Vigilance on: the duration of the cure! If a small detox cure can be beneficial over a few days, it is a bad idea to extend it over more than 4 days. Detox cures consist in eating and hydrating only with plants. These are certainly rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, they do not alone constitute the basis of a balanced diet. Remember that your body needs a perfect balance between the different macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) to function well. However, fruits and vegetables provide only one of them (carbohydrates)!.
Lemon promotes the secretion of bile, acts in favor of the liver and, more generally, promotes good digestion. This citrus fruit contains soluble fiber, vitamin C, calcium and is an excellent antioxidant to detoxify the liver: a major asset after the holiday season! To take advantage of the virtues of lemon on your health and its alkalizing power, opt for lime and/or yellow lemon, according to your tastes but above all: choose fresh and untreated citrus fruits! Commercial lemon juice, even without added sugar, is of no nutritional value. In practice: take a lemon juice every morning on an empty stomach, with a little warm water or at room temperature to spare your intestines. Wait 10 minutes before having breakfast.
Vegetable broths allow you to take advantage of all the virtues of vegetables without providing the slightest calorie (or almost). Doing a bouillon juice cure means filling up with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and taking advantage of the complementarities of various plants. Again, choose vegetables that are as untreated as possible, ideally from sustainable or organic farming. In practice: cook vegetables without boiling (cauliflower, white cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, green beans (frozen), leeks, mushrooms, etc.) and add thyme, garlic, turmeric and ginger for their purifying action. Strain the vegetables and drink the cooking water in small sips.
Green tea is an incredible source of powerful antioxidants: catechins. These help to fight against free radicals, prevent inflammatory and coronary diseases and are also phytotoxic and antibacterial. In addition, some herbal teas are known for their detoxifying action. The most effective are based on fennel and sage. Ginger is also recommended. Among the plants with digestive virtues we also find green anise, star anise, marjoram, mint, rosemary, fennel, sage, wild thyme, thyme and verbena. In practice: prepare your herbal tea with one or more of these plants, add a piece of ginger then drink your herbal tea in small sips throughout the day, outside of meals to optimize the detox effect.