It may be hot and blazing but now is the best season to tank up on cooling detox drinks that also help cleanse your body from within. So don’t worry about having to live with the heat when you can not only calm your body from within but also get that several additional benefits. Weight loss, improved digestion, improved energy and inner calm will be some of the good effects of drinking these three special summer coolers – asides from keeping you feeling fresh and hydrated all day long.
All of these drinks are based on natural ingredients and can still be made in large amounts and refrigerated.
1. Watermelon and Cucumber Cooler
This is a great accompaniment to breakfast and a tall glass also quenches mid-meal hunger pangs. This concoction combines two most hydrating summer foods. The silica present in cucumber is a great detox agent, while watermelon is a natural diuretic and helps flush out toxins. Simply blitz equal amounts of watermelon and cucumber and add rock salt and jeera powder to taste. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.
2. Apple & Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink
Not only does this delicious water not have any calories, but it’s also perfect for slimming down and ridding your body of harmful toxins. It also helps to boost your metabolism. Simply take ten glasses of plain filtered water in a vessel and bring to a boil with a two-inch cinnamon stick and a small petal of star anise. When it cools down to room temperature, add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey and a medium apple, grated, to it. Refrigerate and drink through the day. Apples are great for fibre, cinnamon, star anise and honey curb appetite, while lemons and apple cider vinegar cleanse and burn fat.
3. 5-star detox drink
I got the recipe for this drink from an Ayurvedic doctor, and I must say I feel far less bloated ever since I have been having this excellent take on the plain-Jane nimbupani. Boil 1o glasses of water with five tulsi leaves, five peppercorns, a 2-inch stick of cinnamon, a teaspoon of aniseed (saunf), and a pinch of ajwain, and a tablespoon of grated ginger. Once it cools down to room temperature, add two tablespoons of honey, a teaspoon of salt and the juice of two lemons. The sweetness or sourness can be increased or decreased to taste. Have this drink at least thrice a day for a week and you will notice the difference.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh