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Best detox friendly drinks

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
2 January 2013

Detox is the word on everyone's lips this New Year after the excesses of Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Detoxes range from ultra strict to simply cutting out a few unhealthy foods, but whichever you pick - one of the keys to success is to keep well hydrated and give your body plenty of liquids to flush out any toxins you’ve accumulated.

And some drinks do more than just hydrate you, as many contain antioxidants that work with your detox plan to have you feeling clean and healthy on the inside.

[Related: Your ultimate guide to detoxing]

We spoke to Go Coco nutrition expert Ross Currie, to find out his top five detox friendly drinks:

“Detoxing can be a struggle and often quite limiting," he told us.

"Keeping your fluid levels topped up during this time is vital to help your body rid itself of toxins and to stay hydrated - aiding brain function and helping to keep skin healthy. Aside from water, there are other drinks out there which can be a part of your detox.”

1. Tea – green, peppermint or ginger.
Tea is a natural antioxidant, which protects your body from free radicals, pollutants and aging. Green tea can increase your metabolism, while ginger tea is great for digestion and aiding the absorption of food and peppermint tea.

2. Coconut water
This natural drink is full of natural isotonic properties and electrolytes, making it a great choice for rehydrating. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals, including twice as much potassium as a banana, which is fantastic for a natural energy boost whilst being low calorie. It also plays an important role in regulating your heartbeat, insulin levels and muscle development.

3. Fresh or raw pineapple juice

Pineapples contain many vitamins and enzymes that will offer health benefits during a detox, including bromelain – a natural anti-inflammatory that encourages healthy digestion by helping the body break down proteins, and thiamine (which belongs to the vitamin B group) which boosts your metabolism by helping your body convert carbohydrates into energy.

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4. Lemon water

Lemons are a great source of citric acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. Drinking fresh lemon juice with water (hot or cold) will benefit your detox on many levels by assisting your digestion, stimulating the liver and cleansing the bloody stream. Try drinking a cup of hot water and lemon first thing, to kick start your system.

5. Fresh Carrot Juice
As well as containing Vitamin C and A, carrot juice also contains carotenes which are a great anti-oxidant. Carrot juice is also a diuretic and can help to reduce water retention, plus it’s very low in calories.

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