5 Refreshing Detox Drinks You Must Have This Summer | Health

Sultry summer is here and like our wardrobe, our daily diet also needs a revamp as winter appetites have also started to subside and digestion issues may arise as the mercury increases. In the summer season, water-based fruits and vegetables can be added to salads or snacks to ensure our hydration levels are up to snuff. It’s also important to stay away from caffeinated drinks and processed drinks and juices which can do more harm than good given the high levels of sugar and sodium they contain. (Also read: 5 summer accessories that could boost your style quotient)

Probiotics like buttermilk, curds, and antioxidant-rich foods are good choices for summer nutrition. To beat the heat, stay well hydrated and take care of our digestive system, homemade summer drinks can also come to our rescue. Dietitian Garima Goyal shares a list of 5 summertime detox drinks that can help you stay fresh and energized during the harsh summer months.

1. Coconut water, lemon and mint drink

Coconut water, lemon and mint drink (for representation purposes only) (Pixabay)

While coconut on its own is a great option, this drink will further add to its benefits with vitamin C and provide a pleasant change as well.

How to do it

Take coconut water, lemon, mint leaves and ice; mix it all up with ice and you’re good to go.

2. Watermelon-Citrus Detox Drink

Watermelon is a blessing in summer. Primarily water, this fruit is best eaten as is. But, if you want something to drink, watermelon can also be a savior here. Here’s how you can use it for a cooling cooling effect.

How to do it

Take 1 cup of watermelon, 1 lemon, a little ginger, 2 cups of ice water; mix everything in cold water and drink.

3. Strawberry Cucumber Summer Boost

Strawberry-Cucumber Summer Boost (Pixabay)

When you have strawberries, why would you need a can of soda to quench your thirst. The cucumber will only make it more moisturizing and nutritious. The vitamin C in the orange will add acidity and provide protection against harmful oxidative stress.

How to do it

Take 1 cup strawberries, 1 orange, 1 cup cucumber, 4 cups water, ice and mix everything together, refrigerate and enjoy.

4. Pineapple Hibiscus Iced Tea

Hibiscus is a great ingredient to add to your detox drinks as it helps you cleanse, is anti-oxidant and refreshing. Pineapple is loaded with beneficial enzymes like bromelain, which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects and digestion-promoting properties.

How to do it

Take 4-5 hibiscus flower petals (fresh or dried), 1 cup pineapple, some ginger, lemongrass (optional), water, ice cubes; Boil the hibiscus petals in 3 cups of water for at least 5-10 minutes until the extract is fully diffused in the water. Keep it cool for a while. Now mix the hibiscus infused water with the pineapple, ginger lemongrass and ice. Your drink is ready.

5. Green Chlorophyll Booster

Green Chlorophyll Booster (for representation purposes only) (Pixabay)

A glass filled with the goodness of fresh greens, ginger, and microgreens, it’s super good for your skin, metabolism, and energy levels. Drink this drink at least twice a week to boost your metabolism.

How to do it

Take 1 cup of spinach, 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves, 1 cup of microgreens of your choice, fresh ginger, 1/2 cup of green apple, 1 cup of pineapple chunks (optional), a pinch of cinnamon, water, ice; mix everything in a blender, add ice and water and enjoy.

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