Staying hydrated is important for health, and it is recommended, on average, to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. However, there are some who believe that adding extra ingredients to water boosts its health benefits. The result is known as Detox Water, and it is said to help the body get rid of toxins, aid in losing weight and improve energy levels.
What is Detox Water?
Detox Water is water that has been infused with the flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. It is often referred to as fruit-flavored or fruit-infused water.
Due to the fact that Detox Water is made by infusing flavor, rather than juicing or blending, it contains very few calories which makes it a popular drink for a wide variety of detox programs. Detox Water is also often recommended in many weight loss plans in place of high-sugar drinks such as soda and fruit juice.
How to Make Detox Water?
It is super easy to make Detox Water at home and there are a lot of ways to flavor it including fruit combinations, vegetables and herbs. Simply chop up your ingredients and add hot or cold water. Obviously, the more of an ingredient you use, the stronger the flavor will become. Here are some delicious Detox Water flavors:
Cucumber and mint
Lemon and ginger
Watermelon and mint
Orange and lemon
Strawberry and basil
If you are making a cold Detox Water, be sure to remove the ingredients after seeping for 12 hours so they don’t begin to decompose.
Does Detox Water Have Health Benefits?
Detox Water has many health benefits which include weight loss, toxin removal and natural detox, helping boost immune functions, aiding digestive health, increasing energy levels and improving the skin.
However, it is important to note that most of the above benefits come from drinking water itself. The ingredients used in making Detox Water don’t offer as many nutrients as eating them in their whole form.
Studies have shown that drinking water helps you lose weight, and this also applies to Detox Water. Water can temporary raise the body’s metabolic rate which buns more calories. People who drink the recommended amount of water as part of a weight loss program tend to lose more weight.
Water also improves digestive health. Keeping the system hydrated maintains regular bowel functions. Drinking plenty of water also helps food pass easily through the gut. Water can also improve mood and energy levels as hydration can help alleviate bad moods and headaches.
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Chlorophyll is what gives leafy greens their green color. It is a pigment that is involved with photosynthesis, but it is not only helpful for plants. Chlorophyll is packed full of vitamins and minerals that are good for skin, weight loss efforts and overall general health. In the human body, Chlorophyll is also known to help fight cancer.
Chlorophyll is instrumental in promoting good health. Not only does Chlorophyll have amazing benefits, but it is also one of the best supplements to use during a detox. Known specifically as a superfood, Chlorophyll is super potent when it comes to antioxidants. It’s an anti-inflammatory that blocks carcinogenic effects within the body.
Chlorophyll is a powerful supplement and often used during a detox, but perhaps you don’t know why? Chlorophyll helps to detox the body by connecting to toxins and turning them into neutral materials. Chlorophyll is known for cleaning heavy metals out of the body that may have accumulated in different places.
Chlorophyll also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels in the body which in turn helps manage hunger and helps to promote weight loss. It also improves liver detoxification by increasing enzymes and therefore the body’s natural elimination of harmful toxins. Due to the fact that Chlorophyll speeds up the elimination of toxins from the body, waste is easily passed as fluid levels are balanced and cases of constipation are reduced. It is quite obvious just how good Chlorophyll is for the colon.
Chlorophyll also aids in restoring and replenishing red blood cells. It works on both molecular and cellular levels and has the ability to regenerate the body. Chlorophyll helps cleanse the blood which allows the blood to carry more oxygen which also aids in detoxification of the body. How does it do this? Chlorophyll forms complexes with mutagens and flushes out the toxins which helps to detoxify and revive the liver.
Chlorophyll truly has so many amazing benefits. It strengthens the immune system, it helps blood to clot normally, it’s great for strong bones and muscles, and digestive health. The ability that Chlorophyll has to detoxify the body makes it a great supplement to take during a detox program as you will reap the benefits much more.
Would you like to know more about Chlorophyll and its benefits as a supplement? Perhaps you are really interested in detox programs and restarting your health? Have you ever thought of taking a detox holiday? Located on the tropical island of Phuket in southern Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a large variety of detox programs catering to all body types and lifestyle needs. Our programs are well-rounded and also include daily activities and exercise classes.
For more information about our unique detox retreat high in the hills of Phuket, simply fill out the enquiry form below. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Santosa and nurturing your health & wellness journey every step of the way.
Attending Santosa’s three day detox was a treat for the mind, body and soul. It also had a great social element; being surrounded by like-minded people with the combined goal of cleansing their bodies. The morning meetings, yoga, meditations and work-out classes brought us all together so we could connect easily.
This gave me the opportunity to discover what motivated people to do a detox. I discovered the vast majority go for their spring clean; to pick their bodies up after months or years of unconscious eating. Others go to remedy various health conditions without the aid of prescribed medication – a great alternative to mainstream medicine.
However, one of the less common reasons I came across was when people detoxed just before travelling. This unique take on a detox can be quite a powerful one. It’s not enough to say ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, it has to begin with the right step.
So why make the first step of your journey a detox? Here are some great reasons for you to do so:
1) Being in an environment you’re not used to can throw your immune system off guard, decreasing your resistance to infections.
2) When travelling, you’re exposed to unusual parasites, insect bites, viruses and bacteria which means your defence system should always be strong.
3) Getting ill on your travels can be unsettling, disrupt your journey and depending on the severity, it may cost you a fortune.
Even though we cannot avoid everything, we take precautions that decrease the likelihood of catching something. A detox is one of the strongest precautions we can take. Why? Because it completely recharges the body. It gives our bodies first line of defence the chance to function optimally by flushing the body of harmful toxins that suppress it.
How you can detox before your trip ….
Ø Start with the small things: begin your day with a cleanse drink and give your body the boost it needs. Choose from either coconut water, warm (not hot) lemon water or a wheatgrass shot to give your blood and body a complete cleanse every morning.
Ø Eat the right fruits: Hunt for fruits that are high in vitamin C to build your immune system plus clean your colon, stomach and intestines. Keep consuming pomelo, papaya and oranges to supply you with your daily Vitamin C needs.
Ø Take probiotics: doing so in the form of yogurts or even better, Kefir, will keep your digestive tract balanced. Something as simple as adding yogurt to your cereal every morning can increase the good bacteria in your gut. Doing so will help your body fight any infections that come.
Ø Travel with Calcium Bentonite Clay. Coming from volcanic ash, the clay has a negative ionic charge. This allows it to draw bacteria and toxins away from your body as these are positively charged. Add psyllium husk for the perfect cleanse drink.
Ø Load your body with green smoothies. Fresh juices is a great way of getting your veggies in a raw, untouched form. Juicing pre-digests your vegetables so all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can be utilized quicker. Make your main focus celery, beetroots, kale, spinach, and carrots and try to get them organic. You can add your favourite fruits to sweeten things up and don’t forget about super-food powders like matcha, spirulina and chlorella!
Ø Alternatively… book yourself into a detox centre away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you are staying somewhere with a heavy tourist industry like Phuket, Santosa offers a peaceful retreat away from the noise. Get daily guidance from experts and gain access to top quality facilities, supplements, nourishing foods and healing classes.
Ø Eat living foods: sprouts (like sunflower and alfalfa) are nutrient powerhouses and contain a full profile of nutrients and enzymes which are easily assimilated by the body. If you want to grow your own, remember the stage at which enzymes are most active is from germination to the seventh day. During this stage, the level of enzymes are 100x more powerful then enzymes found in fruits or veg. So cut out the junk food and replace them with raw snacks and sprouts today!
Ø Remember the digital detox:
Disconnecting can make the world of difference to your travels. We live life in subservience to our devices. When the notification goes, we are compelled to look, compelled to communicate, compelled to stay connected.
It can be pretty liberating however to switch off the phone, just for a while, and immerse yourself completely in your surroundings. When you interact with people, you do so fully. When you eat, you do so with all your attention. The big benefit of becoming disconnected is that you become more connected to what’s around you. There are also the following benefits:
Ø You won’t miss meaningful moments life blesses us with
Ø You will get a more restful sleep
Ø Research reveals disconnecting can boost creativity and help you solve problems more efficiently
Ø You’ll be surprised how much time you spend texting, ‘Facebooking’ and ‘Instagramming’. Get rid of the digital devices and get more time for doing cool and memorable things that enhance your journey.
If you have been doing your research in the health field, you probably would have heard a great deal about the potent benefits of wheatgrass. There’s no denying this live detox drink is the ultimate blood and liver cleanser. If you are still learning about some of its benefits, it’s safe to say when you know everything it can do for you, you won’t be able to resist a daily shot.
The taste itself can take a bit of getting used to, but once you have gotten over the initial ‘kick’, there’s a refreshing buzz wheatgrass shots can bring you.
A quick breakdown of its healing potential originates from its high levels of:
So readers, it’s time to swap the daily cup of coffee for a shot of something greener. If you are looking for that one thing you cannot start your day without, try getting into the wheatgrass routine and see how good you feel in a month. Several of our clients who have been taking it daily have noticed significant improvements in their physical health and outward appearance. So, the proof really is in the pudding.
If you still need a bit of convincing as to why you need to jump on the wheatgrass-wagon, here’s just a few of the potential benefits it can bring you:
Powerful neutralizing effects: due to its high level of enzymes, your body can strengthen its defence mechanism against harmful carcinogens. Any pollutants and metals in the body are washed away so the tissues and organs can return to a state of homeostasis.
Get an injection of pure energy: you can ditch the espressos! Get that natural kick you’ve been searching for with a fresh dose of living food and bio-electricity. There’s a heap of natural energy which gets absorbed by your body when drinking fresh wheatgrass. Your DNA benefits by keeping its structure longer and cellular breakdown is prevented. This means the damaging effects of aging are postponed with the renewing force of wheatgrass.
The stats speak for themselves: looking at the nutritional values of the juice it’s clear to see why it’s such a powerful detoxifier. An ounce of wheatgrass includes 8 grams of fibre, 12% of the RDA of calcium, 120 calories, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A and 8 grams of protein. As you can see, a little goes a long way with wheatgrass.
Here’s just some of the healing benefits a shot every day can bring you. The longer you do it, the more great things you will feel and see happening to your body. We are interested in hearing about your experience with wheatgrass! Leave us a comment to tell us more.
Every night you voluntarily allow your body to shut down. You lie down, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. It’s paradoxical that we as humans will fly across the room to plug in our phones in order to prevent it from shutting down, yet one of the biggest facets of human life is the concept of shutting down. Sleep is a wonderful thing, it is a time in which our thoughts become dreams, and our bodies remain a vessel. See the other great benefits sleep can provide to your brain and body…
As much as anyone loves sleep, doesn’t everybody hate that fifteen minute period when lying in bed trying to go to sleep?
There are many factors in our everyday life that can affect the way we sleep, and by lessening their influence an hour before bedtime we can avoid the trouble of falling asleep.
Light is one of biggest the factors that give us the most trouble when falling asleep.
There are two ways in which light can affect our sleep. One way is when we are falling asleep and there is a light staring into our eyes. This is a very direct way because we can simply shut off the light and find our way to bed. Another way in which light affects our sleep is when we are already sleeping. If a light were to emerge from your phone, or from the corner of your window and make its way to your eye it can mess with your internal clock. A beaming light in your eye will convince your body that it is daytime and that you must wake up right away. Exposure to light while sleeping throws your internal clock into a jambalaya and wreaks havoc on your sleep patterns, so if your sleep is in your best interests you may want to sleep with your phone far away and all your windows shut!
Jet lag and shift work also play large roles in the way we sleep.
This is because we mess with our internal clocks. There is something called the circadian rhythm which is a very important timeline for the body to perform certain jobs – e.g. detoxing, digesting, laying memories and so much more.
If you work a night shift or have jet lag then you may suffer from excessive sleepiness, but also research has found it can slow you down mentally by affecting your memory and reaction speed. Even things like diabetes and heart disease have been linked to this now…
Now comes the big one: Stress. Stress can affect your sleep big time.
Your body is programmed to react to a stressful situation by waking up / being ready for action. This makes deep sleep very hard to achieve if you have a high level of stress. Someone with high stress levels, or depression, experiences more REM sleep rather than deep sleep and that doesn’t allow the body to truly rest. If this is the case for you, maybe take a spa day and go get a massage, or meditate to get rid of that unneeded stress. Another stressor is not just our environment but also what we feed ourselves – specifically caffeine. Do you like to sip on some black tea or soda before you go to sleep? Well if you enjoy sleeping you should stop because the caffeine levels in soda and tea are high and caffeine stimulates your nervous system making your body more responsive and less relaxed.
Now how does sleep help with detox and what is sleep actually good for?
When you sleep your brain has an extremely unique way of removing waste through the Glymphatic system. During sleep your brain releases toxins which include harmful proteins that have been linked to brain disorders as well as Alzheimer’s. An even crazier concept is that during this time your brain cells shrink by sixty percent so it is easier to seek out the harmful toxins. The Glymphatic system is just like the Lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins in the body, but the brain is a closed organ so it has to have its own way of removing waste. The ‘G’ in Glymphatic stands for Glial cells.
Ugh so much big science talk, just bear with me, please. These cells manage the system.
Glial cells flush the waste from the brain to the circulatory system where it is eventually circulated to the liver where it is eliminated. Basically now you know how your brain detoxes itself! Your brain actually performs its own colonic!
It is actually found that your Glymphatic system is ten times more active at night than it is during the day. Therefore, without even being aware that you are detoxing, your brain is doing it for you! Now when you dream about the Vegan summer rolls and vegan lasagna that Susana makes here at Santosa, wake up thinking about all the detoxing your brain just did for you! Your brain just does it at night to keep it classy. Always stay classy and Beautiful.
There are five stages of sleep, and each is pretty interesting.
The first stage of sleep is our lightest in which we can be woken up, and most likely a person being woken up then will wake up by saying, “I wasn’t sleeping.” He/she was sleeping, but only in stage one sleep. An interesting thing about stage one is that this is when you experience the sensation of falling. Not in deep sleep, but in the lightest of sleep! Stage Two is a slightly deeper sleep in which eye movement ceases and brain waves become slower with occasional rapid bursts. In stage three sleeps your brain waves become extremely slow and have adopted the name delta waves and are interspersed with some fast waves. In stage four sleep the delta waves are not interspersed with faster waves, and your brain solely produces delta waves. If you’re an occasional bed wetter, it’s ok. Sleep walking, bedwetting, and night terrors all occur during stage three and four of sleep which is considered deep sleep. When you’re in deep sleep you’re a hard person to wake up, your eyes are still, and you have no muscle activity (Besides your cardiac muscles which regulate your blood, and create heartbeats).
The final stage of sleep is the REM period.
During this time your breathing intensifies, your eyes begin to jerk, and your limb muscles become temporarily paralyzed. During REM sleep your brain waves increase to a level as if you are awake. Blood pressure rises at this point as well as your heartbeat. This all sounds scary, but don’t worry: it’s normal.
The normal human being experiences three to five intervals of REM sleep a night. The reason these scary things happen during REM sleep is because this is the same time you dream. These are the dreams that you can actually remember.
It all sounds pretty hectic but it’s all completely healthy, and is important for maintaining homeostasis (balance in the body), and high energy levels! Sleep better, detox better!