Pinterest's Latest Health Trend Is "DIY Detox", and It Changes Everything
This year, according to Pinterest, we'll be eschewing kombucha and kvass, and sipping on homemade detox drinks instead. The social site recently reported a lift in searches for DIY health-boosting beverages of 407 per cent up from last year. Apparently, strainers and steepers are up too (a huge 622 per cent) but if you dig a little deeper, you'll discover that detox teas aren't the only way to get healthy. A clever way to pep up your 8 glasses of daily H2O without adding refined sugar, there are tons of recipes for all-natural drinks both hot and cold. Some are perfect for adding interest to your water bottle (because a daily serving of berry water adds up fast), and some are delicious just 'cause. Best of all, each contains different health- and beauty-boosting ingredients, so you can tailor your detox potion regime to suit your needs. From a cinnamon turmeric iced tea that'll rev up a sluggish metabolism to a complexion enhancing nut-free "milk", once you try these easy-to-make detox drinks, you'll never look back.
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FOR DE-BLOATING, FAST
This recipe for Detox Ginger Lemonade from The Live Fit Girls delivers all the refreshing satisfaction of a glass of homemade lemonade, along with a spicy kick. Made from tummy-flattening ingredients like fresh lemon (to promote efficient digestion and detoxification), ginger (a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), and apple cider vinegar (a good source of beneficial bacteria), it'll send your bloat packing.
FOR IMPROVED LIVER HEALTH
Nutritionist and health blogger Jessica Sepel recommends her Liver Flush Tonic for anyone wanting to take a little extra care of their liver. (A word to the wise—bookmark it for next Monday.) To DIY, you'll need lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ground turmeric, plus liquid artichoke extract ($13). Never heard of it? According to Sepel, it's a powerful antioxidant that increases bile flow and excretion and can help with symptoms like fatigue, bloating, nausea, constipation and stomach pains.
FOR BETTER SKIN
The only health drink on this list that requires a little forethought, you'll need to start prepping chef Teresa Cutter's Detox Pumpkin Seed Milk the night before you want to drink it. This anti-inflammatory "milk" is made from pumpkin seeds which are rich in minerals and trace minerals that supports collagen production for healthy skin. The recipe also features antioxidant- and chlorophyll-packed matcha.
FOR A METABOLISM BOOST
Fooduzzi's recipe for Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea is the perfect (delicious) vehicle for getting a daily dose of cinnamon, a spice believed to help boost the metabolism. (Curcumin, found in turmeric, also in this recipe, may also assist the body in metabolising fat.) Aside from the spices, all you'll need is a green tea bag, and your natural sweetener of choice.