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The new year is here, and the holidays are over for the most of us. We have indulged in food, leisure and the festive environments may have led us to sip on that extra drink. Some of us have a habit of following cleanses after all this excess. Here are a few we personally love.

Colon cleanse.

Headaches, a heavy stomach, stiff mouth. Yup, a lot of us feel this way after an intense New Year’s celebration. Good news: this cleanse gets rid of the toxins present in your liver. Additionally, it gives a boost to the digestive system and feel an increase in energy and weight loss. All you to do is follow a diet consisting of vegetables, fruit and avoid any alcohol. Drink water all throughout the day, and it is as simple as that.

Lemon cleanse.

Lemon is an ingredient that is known for its detoxifying qualities. With this cleanse, you will get rid of the toxins that got caught in your body and blood stream. It last for 2-3 days.

  • Do not eat solid foods, during the first 3 days (homemade soups recommended). You can start eating fruit as of the 3rd day.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon/lime juice, 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup per 1 cup of water.
  • On day 4, you can resume eating solid food.

Here are some juice alternatives:

Morning delight juice.

  • ½ sweet potato
  • 1 small apple, cored
  • 3 carrots
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 1 handful spinach

Green detox.

  • 1 apple, cored
  • ½ cucumber
  • 3-4 sprigs mint
  • 3-4 leaves kale
  • 1 handful mixed greens
  • ½ lemon, peeled and juiced

Gentle cleanse.

A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away. Also, reduce processed ingredients and limit your intake of meat. Here are some smoothies to keep you full of energy:

Meal replacement smoothie.

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop of plant-based protein
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup berries
  • 1 handful (cup) arugula/mixed greens

Golden coconut milk.

  • 1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 2-3 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh turmeric, grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper

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