I have been having a lot issues over the last year when it comes to my weight and how I feel. A large reason for this was the 6+ months living off of nachos, tater tots and beer while I was trying to mend a broken heart. Through this period of time my anxiety was so overwhelming, I ended up losing a lot of weight. As I started to become human again and get back to normal, my habits didn’t change much and before I knew it I put on a ton of unwanted weight.
With the unwanted weight which seems to still be coming, has come a lot of other issues. One of them is feeling bloated all the time. I have been reading up on some of the things I could do to aid this problem. One of them is I realized I was eating too many carbs and zero protein. So, I started eating yogurt again in the mornings and chicken for sandwiches or dinner.
Other articles highly praise drinking warm water with lemon in it first thing in the morning. They say it gives you energy and helps flush out your system and starts your day off right! I don’t know if i am buying this… I think it’s just making me pee even more than usual.
Next up the magic of Turmeric and Ginger! Again, lots of articles on the health benefits of Turmeric and Ginger with digestion and bloating. There are a thousand and one recipes of various detox drinks out there so after looking over a few, I made up my own with a little bit of everything that is supposedly going to help me start feeling better.
- Turmeric for Inflammation
- Ginger for Digestion
- Grapefruit for Fiber and Potassium
- Oranges for Vitamin C
- Lemons for Iron
- Mango for Sweetness, Fiber and B6
I find the juice VERY intense, especially with the Turmeric in it so I am finding I prefer to do a couple of quick shots of it in the morning to get me going, rather than gingerly sip it over time!
Orange Ginger Turmeric Detox Drink
Ingredients2 Oranges, 1 Pink Grapefruit, 2 Lemons, 3-4 inch piece of Fresh Ginger, 2 tsp Turmeric
DirectionsJuicing by hand: If you have a bowl or large measuring cup with a spout, I suggest you use that. With a handheld juicer, juice the oranges, grapefruit and lemons into the bowl.
Add the flesh of the mango to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add mango puree to the juice.
Add the turmeric and with a microplane, grate in the ginger. Wisk juices together and when ready to drink, strain juice through a small mesh strainer into your drinking cup! This will catch any chunks of ginger and mango.
Using an Automatic Juicer: Follow your machines instructions for juicing. Cut away the peels on your oranges, grapefruit and lemons making sure to cut away all of the white pith (this is really bitter). Add the citrus and mango to the juicer, a little at a time.Using a peeler, peel the ginger and remove all the outer skin. Cut into small chunks and add the ginger to your juicer. Add the turmeric to your juice and whisk until dissolved.
I drink about 4oz of this a day. Depending on how juice is in your citrus, this recipe will last you 2-3 days. Store juice in an airtight container in your refrigerator.