Feeling bloated, tired or both? You’re not alone.
Every day millions of Americans are exposed to environmental toxins. Whether it’s through the air we breathe or the harmful chemicals we put on our bodies (like deodorants, perfumes), it’s no surprise that the body is having trouble keeping up.
Over time, living an unhealthy lifestyle can cause your body’s detoxifying organs (liver, kidneys, liver) to become overloaded with toxins, making it harder for them to do their job. This can result in fatigue, bloat, and weight gain.
Most detox solutions focus on the liver, but you also shouldn’t neglect your kidneys, which filter out your blood. The kidneys then send toxins to your bladder, where they are expelled as urine (1).
Hence, the easiest way to clear them out is by taking diuretics to boost urine production. It’s important to avoid toxins as much as you can during your cleanse to truly clear out your stressed-out organs.
Jillian Michaels’ Detox Water
Be warned, it is a little bitter, so you may want to get a tall glass of water or a spoonful of honey ready to wash it down.
- 60 oz of spring water*
- 1 Tbsp pure cranberry juice (no added sugars)
- 1 Tsp of powdered organic dandelion root (or a teabag)
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
*The original recipe calls for distilled water, but this hyper-filtered water doesn’t contain the same essential electrolytes as spring or well water.
- Steep the tea in a cup of boiled water for 10-20 minutes and let it cool to room temperature.
- Combine all the ingredients together and store in the fridge.
- Drink the mixture throughout the day, making sure to consume it all and repeat for 7 days, making a new batch each day.
- If needed, repeat the cleanse every three to four months.
How it Works
Cranberry juice is a staple for all women who suffer from regular UTIs (urinary Tract Infection). A potent diuretic, the juice helps flush out the bladder and kidneys whilst fighting off harmful bacteria (3).
The berries also contain quinic acid, which fights the production of kidney stones, and anti-inflammatory compounds that heal your swollen organs.
Dandelion isn’t just a laxative, it also fights constipation and stimulates digestion to help your whole body get rid of waste. It also works against gallstones and acts as a blood tonic to fight impurities and toxins (4).
The root also has anti-cancer benefits that are currently being studied as an alternative to chemotherapy.
Lemon juice stabilizes pH levels to fight inflammation and disease. It famously contains naringenin and eriocitrin, which protects your kidneys, liver, and other organs against free radicals (5,6).
The juice even boosts energy levels and fights brain fog, helping you stay focused throughout the day.