Detoxing is an important part of recovery from any illness, but it’s especially important when the treatment for that illness involves harsh medicine that may damage your body just as much as the actual sickness, such as chemotherapy.
If you’re looking to change your diet, these tonics will help flush toxins out of your body and prepare you for healthier lifestyle changes.
Packed with ingredients that are natural anti-inflammatories, diuretics, and digestive aids, these tonics will help lower your blood pressure, manage your cholesterol, and promote heart and digestive health as well.
Easy to prepare, with ingredients that are accessible at your local grocery store, these tonics are a great first step to detoxing and better overall health. Try combining them with other superfoods, or drink them as part of a cleanse, and see first hand the impact they can have on helping your body recover.
1. Juicing Tonic
For this recipe, you’ll need a juicer or a hand juicer. Combine equal parts grated ginger, turmeric, and cranberry with the juice of one lemon and add a pinch of cayenne pepper and cracked black pepper to the mix. Stir the mixture and drink it.
How It Works
Ginger is a powerful anti-nausea agent, and has been proven to be especially effective in helping cope with post-chemotherapy nausea. It has also been found to reduce muscle pain when taken daily, and has shown promising effects when it comes to preventing specific forms of cancer.
In addition to all of this, ginger has a long history of being used to treat loss of appetite, making it perfect for someone struggling with the regular nausea and loss of appetite that comes with chemotherapy treatments.
When combined with turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent with cancer-fighting properties, it makes for a powerful recovery drink.
2. Cranberry Lemonade
- 1 Gallon distilled water
- 1 cup organic cranberry juice (not from concentrate)
- 3 organic lemons
- raw honey to taste
- cayenne pepper to taste
Use a citrus juicer to juice the lemons and combine the lemon juice, cranberry juice, and water in a gallon jar or jug. Sweeten it to taste with raw honey and add a pinch or two of liquid cayenne pepper to give it a bit of a kick.
How It Works
Cranberry works as a natural diuretic helping to flush toxins out of your system.
But did you know it can also help regulate your blood pressure? It’s also good for fighting off cancer, coping with nausea, reducing muscle pain and increasing your appetite.
Cayenne pepper in moderate amounts can also help with pain relief, adding not only a kick to this drink taste-wise but also in terms of helping you along your way to recovery.
3. Total Tonic
- 1 medium handful of raw garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 handful of chopped onions
- 1 handful grated ginger
- 1 handful chopped horseradish
- 1/2 handful chopped habanero peppers
- 1 bottle of raw apple cider vinegar
Put these ingredients in a blender and cover them with two inches of apple cider vinegar before blending. This tonic won’t taste good, but it will boost your immune system and help you fight off illness.
How It Works
Garlic has a long history of being used for it’s medicinal properties, and is used today for many conditions linked to the heart and blood system. The key ingredient in garlic is allicin, which is strongest in fresh garlic, so make sure your garlic is absolutely fresh!
We’ve already covered the health benefits of ginger, which this tonic has in abundance; when combined with the kick of habanero peppers, this drink will help clear your sinuses.
With these powerful tonics in your arsenal, you’ll be well on the road to recovery. Combine these with your regular treatment regimen to help your body recover not just from the ravages of illness, but from the harsh effects of modern medicine as well.
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