The monsoon rains are a great relief during the hot summer months. They help lower the temperature by at least a few degrees. However, the summer rains also result in high humidity. The constant sweating due to the moisture and humidity can have a harsh effect on our skin and body. Too much sweating also causes the loss of important fluids from the body leading to dehydration. We should also be wary of the host of communicable diseases that spread faster during monsoon seasons. From cholera, jaundice, flu to mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, etc., monsoons see a rapid increase in infections (1).
This is where a simple solution like a detox drink can help us in staying healthy and resistant to diseases. A good detoxing drink will make sure to provide the nutrients and replenish your body with antioxidants that are beneficial for you. The meaning of detoxing can be vague at times, often associated with fasting and specific diets. However, the cleansing and refreshing properties of natural herbs and fruits, and their good effects on our body are generally agreed upon.
As you’re braving through this monsoon and trying to keep your immunity strong, treat yourself to some delicious smoothies and drinks. We have listed some amazing detox drinks that you can easily make from the comfort of your kitchen. Treat yourself, your family, and friends to these healthy and delicious drinks:
1. Cucumber Lemon Mint Fusion
Kick start your day with this special drink that is both healthy and delicious. The trick is to leave the cucumber, lemon, and mint in a jar of cold water or ice cubes for some time. The water will get infused with the flavors of the three ingredients. This infused water is rich in benefits for our bodies, especially during the monsoons. Lemon provides vitamin C and antioxidants that are great for our bodies. Cucumbers contain enzymes that are good for our gut and digestion. This infusion doesn’t feel heavy even after drinking multiple glasses of it. Keep the jar in the refrigerator and enjoy sips out of it whenever you feel thirsty. You might not feel thirsty too often during the monsoon but it is essential to stay hydrated even if it’s chilly outside.
2. Green Tea
Green Tea has become quite universal when it comes to detox drinks. Green tea is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that are effective at rehydrating and cleansing your system. The flavonoids in green tea are known to be immunity boosters while the catechins boost the metabolism. Be it for a refreshing start to the day or to drive the fatigue away after a full day’s work, green tea is a no-brainer.
3. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric milk is a popular grandmother’s recipe in many Indian households. Also called ‘golden milk’, it has many wonderful benefits for our body. It has been found to be an effective cleanser that enhances liver functioning. The antioxidants present in turmeric have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that help keep you safe from minor cases of flu and skin problems. A good detoxing drink doesn’t necessarily have to be a fancy one with exotic ingredients. Look closely, you will find many household recipes that are equally good.
4. Kiwi Ginger Smoothie
Give your body a boost of detox and a rush of energy at the same time with the yummy kiwi ginger smoothie. It is a refreshing drink to have after a day of work or an intensive workout. The concoction is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that improve digestion and gut health. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting acne and skin issues common during the summer and monsoon seasons. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out on a great recipe!
5. Basil Tea
Basil, commonly known as “Tulsi” in India is a wonder herb. It has a long list of health benefits – from treating the common cold, flu, and infections to providing improved digestion and skincare, and more. Water infused with basil leaves is good for the skin and eyes. Basil can be consumed raw or dried. Dried basil leaves can be mixed with tea leaves for an amazing recipe. Basil tea is great at curing itchy throats providing instant relief. Make sure to include a cup of refreshing basil tea in the evenings and sip on it while it rains outside your window.
6. Coconut Water
When it comes to detox drinks, nothing is simpler and easier to have than a glass of coconut water. For us Indians, it’s also quite convenient to have coconut water by the street side without any worries of contamination. Coconut and its water are good sources of nutrients and have antioxidant properties. This drink provides some much-needed hydration on the most humid of days. Try having coconut water after keeping it in the refrigerator for a while. The cold refreshment is sure to get you feeling fresh and energetic again.
7. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice provides a host of benefits that are a must during the monsoons. One good recipe for this drink would be to mix cranberry juice with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar in itself has many detox qualities and proves to be very effective at helping to reduce body fat (3). However, be careful while selecting cranberry juice. If you are picking up packaged juice from supermarkets, make sure to avoid the sweetened ones. These are generally high in sugar and preservatives. Try to go for pure or organic cranberry juices. You can sweeten it later with honey or maple syrup yourself. This detox drink is high in antioxidants that would be awesome for your gut health and over well-being.
With the list of amazing drink recipes we have shared, we’re sure you won’t be lost for ideas. We’ve made sure to include such recipes that use readily available ingredients and are easy to prepare by yourself. These drinks will take care of your detox needs while letting you quench your thirst with something delicious. If you have your own special recipes that work wonders, do share them with our readers in the comments section below.
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