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Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Infusion

Do you want to flush out your system after an overindulgence and immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track? Well then look no further! As you probably know, living in the very social New York City, our clients at times come to us after a night or weekend of social engagements and want to minimize the damage from the overindulgences, so we’re armed and ready to help! 😉 Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. Not only is this ingredient combo the perfect pair for a refreshing and thirst quenching drink, but it will also help in this process and to flush bloat and toxins.

Psst… looking for more great, low-calorie drinks that help flush bloat?  Here are some to try…

Orange-Lime Sparkling Refresher

Lemon Mint Detox Drink

Morning Detox Shot

Sparkling Cucumber Detox and Refresher

Citrus Reboot and Detox Flush

Kale Recharge Smoothie

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

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One thing we’ve often noticed is that when we feel heavy and like we’ve overdone it, it’s hard to start gulping down water. One of the best things about this drink (aside from what it does to help “flush” your body, of course 😉 ) is that it tastes great and that alone encourages you to fill your stomach with it, rather than dig yourself deeper in the hole with more food or other drinks.   And for some reason, the grapefruit, particularly, for us is such a great addition to the water–in getting us to sip. 🙂

Here’s what this delish drink is all about…

For starters, water is the elixir of life! It regulates the bowel, helps your body remain cool through perspiration, flushes out toxins, and aids in digestion.  By infusing water with grapefruit and rosemary, this refreshing and tasty concoction is one you will want to keep drinking throughout the day especially at those times when you want a healthy “system” reboot and a nice flush.  The water in combination with the grapefruits’ potassium– will help to restore normal fluid balance and flush salt.   Buh bye bloat! 😉

Another bonus? You’ll boost your immunity and help to prevent free radicals from damaging your cells and from causing inflammation thanks to grapefruit’s Vitamin C.   As you stop damage and inflammation on the inside, your body can rest, relax and recharge –more peaceful on the inside for rejuvenation!

Rosemary’s helpful detox perk:

Rosemary is a fantastic way to get antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help to fight the damage from stress, pollution and everyday living—as well as the damage from less than healthy food and drink.  Rosemary’s powerful compounds seem to neutralize those harmful free radicals, help boost the immunity and improve blood circulation—helping to deliver nutrients and oxygen throughout your body and to your skin—helping it to glow (awesome for those days when you feel lackluster!).

Rosemary’s anti-bloat benefit:

Pssst…Get this…In Europe rosemary is often used to help treat indigestion – and Germany’s Commission E has even approved it for its treatment.  Although there is currently no scientific evidence to support this, we believe rosemary is so good for your detox drink that you’ve got nothing to lose but possibly a little indigestion and bloat!

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Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Infusion

Servings 2

Serving Size – 1 cup

Ingredients

16 ounces water

6 slices of grapefruit*

3 tbsp of fresh grapefruit juice

Several sprigs of rosemary

Ice

Directions

  1.  Slice grapefruit and squeeze juice into the water. Place additional slices into water.
  2.  Add rosemary and ice to the container.
  3.  Chill for an hour. Serve and enjoy your refreshed, rejuvenated new self!

Nutritional Information

Total calories 15 calories, 0 g fat, 4 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium, 0 g protein

*Important Note: There are some medications drugs that may interact with grapefruit and some may result in potentially fatal side effects. Some of the medications include statins that lower cholesterol (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin), some antibiotics, cancer drugs, and heart drugs. Grapefruit contains furanocoumarins, which block an enzyme that normally breaks down certain medications in the body. If it’s left unchecked, medication levels can grow toxic in the body

Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Infusion
 
Do you want to flush out your system after an overindulgence and immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track? Well then look no further! As you probably know, living in the very social New York City, our clients at times come to us after a night or weekend of social engagements and want to minimize the damage from the overindulgences, so we’re armed and ready to help! 😉 Not only is this ingredient combo the perfect pair for a refreshing and thirst quenching drink, but it will also help to flush bloat and toxins.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces water
  • 6 slices of grapefruit
  • 3 tbsp of fresh grapefruit juice
  • Several sprigs of rosemary
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Slice grapefruit and squeeze juice into the water. Place additional slices into water.
  2. Add rosemary and ice to the container.
  3. Chill for an hour. Serve and enjoy your refreshed, rejuvenated new self!
Notes
Important Note: There are some medications drugs that may interact with grapefruit and some may result in potentially fatal side effects. Some of the medications include statins that lower cholesterol (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin), some antibiotics, cancer drugs, and heart drugs.
Grapefruit contains furanocoumarins, which block an enzyme that normally breaks down certain medications in the body. If it's left unchecked, medication levels can grow toxic in the body
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 16 Carbohydrates: 4 g Sugar: 4 g

Pomegranate Tangerine Detox Flusher

As we were writing our latest book, The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure we started to get more and more requests for “Detox” drinks that could  flood the body with nutrients to fight free radical damage while also flushing bloat? That’s why we made de-puffing dreamsicles like our Orange-Lime Sparkling Flusher and our Slimming Raspberry Mint Detox SpritzerAnd now we just can’t stop creating more! 🙂 This tasty, refreshing water infused with pomegranate and tangerine flushes bloat and helps to mop up the damage caused by toxins, helping your body in it’s detox process!

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How does it work its’ magic?

Although it sounds counterintuitive, you need extra water to flush excess bloat. That’s why we always have our clients (and we do it too!) drink water to flush the bloating culprit (typically salt and/or sugar) as well as the water it’s holding in your tissues (creating bloat). The magical anti-bloat combination is water and potassium. Together they help to restore normal fluid balance. That’s why we included pomegranate and tangerines–they are packed with potassium and they taste delish!

We also included the pomegranate and the tangerine because they are both superstar detoxifiers. They are packed with phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals that would otherwise age your body and lead to disease. So they help to mop up some of the damage that’s caused by overdoing it on damaging fried foods, processed foods and alcoholic beverages, as well as the damage created from pollution, stress and cigarette smoke.

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Pomegranate Tangerine Detox Flusher
Serves 1

Ingredients
8 ounces cold water
3 Tablespoons pomegranate arils
4 tangerine sections, sliced into 4-5 pieces per slice (oranges, clementines and grapefruits can be used instead of tangerines.

Directions
Pour water in a glass. Add fruit and stir. Allow to sit to intensify flavor and stir again. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Information:  Water without fruit:  2 Calories;  Water with fruit: 28 Calories

 

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Serves 1 Nutrition Information: Water without fruit: 2 Calories; Water with fruit: 28 Calories
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces water
  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate arils
  • 4 tangerine sections (sliced into 4-5 pieces per slice [oranges, clementines and grapefruits can be used instead of tangerines]).
Instructions
  1. Pour water in a glass. Add fruit and stir. Allow to sit to intensify flavor and stir again. Enjoy!

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

As registered dietitians and personal trainers we get a lot of questions about simple strategies that we use and that we have our clients use to help the body to get back on track and to feel better and lighter after a few too many overindulgences (salt, sugar, alcohol, etc., — you know the deal 😉 ). Of course, being authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure , we can’t help but to recommend loading up on veggies—especially bright colored ones—and greens. 🙂 They’re nutritional powerhouses and some aid the liver in breaking down and neutralizing toxins while others fight inflammation and the damage it does to the body. They’re also loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)

Our clients have told us that some of their favorite recipes and strategies (like our 5 Steps to Cleanse Your Body, Detox & Recharge) to simply get their mind and body on the healthy track after having overindulged come from some of our Flushing “Detox” Drinks (like our Lemon Mint Detox Drink)–so that’s one reason we’ve created this refreshing elixir.  Enjoy this sipster before meals to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.

 

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And by now, you probably know how we feel about water and how important it is to stay properly hydrated. After all, if you are even slightly dehydrated (just 1% of your body weight), you’ll feel sluggish (you’re less likely to get to the gym if you’re feeling wiped out—and even if you do get there, you likely won’t work as hard) and you can easily mistake thirst for hunger.

Of course, less movement and eating more both spell trouble for your waistline! Ahh! Don’t let dehydration happen to you. If you’re not a water-lover, we’ve got a jazzed up water that you’ll dig!  You’ll wanna give this water a whirl!

Plus, drinking water helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. (See below to see why cucumbers and all the other components in this drink help you to kiss puffiness good bye!)

Note: To get the most from this flush, we also recommend following our red, orange and green rule. Simply, include one serving of red, orange or green produce with every meal. Doing so will flood your body with antioxidants and plant nutrients that will begin to denature damaging particles and toxins. Plus if you fill up on veggies, you’ll be less likely to reach for starchy sides. Pssst… this drink helps you to meet our rule—cucumbers (green) and blueberries (fall under the red/purple).

And as far as what you should drink at meals… 16 ounces of any combination of water, green tea, Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush (recipe below) or one of our other detox drinks (hello Grapefruit Rosemary Detox,  Orange-Lime Sparkling Flusher and our  Pomegranate Tangerine Detox Flusher or a combination of any of these at every meal.

Cucumbers are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which is especially helpful if you have had too much salt the night before and woke up feeling swollen. These drinks work magic because of their high water and potassium content (thanks to the fruits and veggies) which flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush:

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces water
  • 1/4 c. Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cucumber

Directions:
Slice cucumber thinly. Place cucumber and berries into a water glass and add 8 oz of cold water. Allow the ingredients to sit in the water for 15- 30min before drinking (the longer the time, the stronger the flavor).

We love to eat the fruit after it’s been sitting in the water—it gets really plump and delish! Note that if you don’t eat the fruit, the water itself will have virtually zero calories.

Nutrition Facts: Serves: 1, Serving Size: 1; Calories Per Serving: 32; Total Fat: 0g; Protein: 1g; Carbohydrate: 8g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Sodium: 2mg

 

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
 
Nutrition Facts: Serves: 1, Serving Size: 1; Calories Per Serving: 32; Total Fat: 0g; Protein: 1g; Carbohydrate: 8g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Sodium: 2mg
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Ingredients
  • ¼ c. Blueberries
  • ¼ Cucumber
  • 8 ounces water
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumber thinly. Place cucumber and berries into a water glass and add 8 oz of cold water. Allow the ingredients to sit in the water for 15- 30min before drinking (the longer the time, the stronger the flavor).
  2. We love to eat the fruit after it’s been sitting in the water—it gets really plump and delish! Note that if you don’t eat the fruit, the water itself will have virtually zero calories.

The Danger of the Desk Job

We have some pretty startling news, but trust us, you aren’t going to want to sit down for this. Studies have shown that for every two hours of sitting at work, your risk of obesity increases 5%, and your risk of diabetes increases 7%. That’s major!

 

How could sitting contribute to such serious health issues?

 

For starters, we are sitting too long. Think about it- we live in a very sitting-centered society. A typical day might go something like this: wake up, and drive to work (sitting), work at desk in the office (more sitting), come home and watch television (even more sitting—and we don’t even have to get up to adjust the volume, etc. eeks!) With all this sitting down, we’re hardly even moving a finger more than to control the remote control–it’s no wonder obesity and diabetes rates are climbing through the roof! And these extended periods of sitting are sending us into unhealthy territory.

 

Now, before you quit your day job to become a professional mountain climber, we have some good news.

 

Standing up every 20 minutes, for as little as one to two minutes, can actually help fight off brain fog, weight gain, and risks of diabetes and heart disease. Research shows that standing gets those major leg muscles activated, which actually releases enzymes designed to break up fat in the bloodstream. How cool is that?

 

Standing sure does seem to have serious perks! If something as easy as standing can help us fight disease, increase productivity, and keep extra weight at bay, we are all for it!

 

What are the best ways to get standing up every 20 minutes?

 

Kevan Lee of Buffer has a great article with some fun ideas,  like playing “workstation popcorn”, where you switch from working at your desk, to the coffee shop, to the conference room. The added bonus to this bouncing around is the exercise you get walking from place to place. It all adds up to more activity during the day, which is never a bad thing.

 

Technology also does us a huge favor with the 20 minute challenge. There are tons of apps that encourage users to move more, which would lead to standing up often. Even a basic pedometer is a great investment in standing (and walking) more frequently. And we can tell you that all of our clients who get pedometers end up getting a lot more movement in their days! You can even get competitions going in the office to see who can sit down the least, or get the most steps in every week. Having people engage in a little friendly competition is a great motivator to get up and move.

 

A hydrating way to get up out of your seat at the 20 minute mark is to sip some fruit and herb infused water. Make a big pitcher and keep it in the office fridge. Every time you step away from your seat, grab yourself a glass, and enjoy the fact that you are drinking and standing for your health—and feeling the energizing effects of being properly hydrated, to boot!

 

To make fruit and herb infused water: Simply slice up all your fruit, add your herbs and add them to a pitcher, and muddle. Once your ingredients are slightly mashed and incorporated at the bottom of the pitcher, add water, and stir thoroughly. Refrigerate. Ta-dah! Amazing, flavorful water at your fingertips.

 

Some absolutely scrumptious options are:

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Refresher: cucumber, strawberry, mint

Energizer: lemon, lime, orange

Relaxer: lavender, * 1 vanilla bean pod, peach (*for the vanilla bean, scrape the seeds out and add seeds to pitcher in the first step)

 

The possibilities are endless, so get as creative as you want and go wild with your own creations!

Remembering to get in the habit of standing up every 20 minutes—it’s essential for your health and longevity, and with a few little motivators like office competitions and anything-but-boring water, you will be popping out of your seat like it’s second nature!