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Aren’t we all looking for natural detox elixirs to clean our liver, improve digestion and finally get that flat belly we’ve dreamed about? Read on for GAYOT’s useful and easy tips for making the best natural detox drinks in the comfort of your own home.

For more ideas on cleaning up your diet, you can also check out our guides featuring the health benefits of some of your favorite foods.

Apple cider vinegar: This detox fights bacteria and cleanses your digestive system.

Among its many health benefits, apple cider vinegar is said to help regulate stomach acid levels and relieve acid reflux symptoms. Take it on a regular basis and it will help improve digestion — the pectin in the apples promotes healthy digestion by encouraging the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Drink one tablespoon before meals and mix it with water.

Tip: Make sure to buy unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar with the “Mother,” the beneficial group of bacteria and acids at the bottom of the bottle.

Artichoke: This hearty vegetable is an antioxidant hero.

Artichokes aren’t just for eating. This detox elixir is easy to make and offers a drinkable way to enjoy the benefits of this vegetable. Infuse 30 grams of dried artichoke leaves in one liter of boiling water for ten minutes; this will liberate cynarine, which diffuses powerful antioxidants, some acids and potassium. This has an immediate diuretic effect, removing toxins from your liver for better digestion.

Tip: Drink a cup of artichoke water 15 minutes before each meal.

Fennel: This versatile vegetable contains phytonutrients that relax the gut and relieve abdominal pain, bloating and gas.

Anethole contained in fennel has detox virtues for both the stomach and the liver. Elimination is done through the urinary and intestinal tracts. It is a chemical element that gives fennel its unique taste that can range from an anise-like flavor to licorice. Fennel inhibits muscles spasms, allowing you to digest more easily and can help give you a flatter stomach by eliminating bloating.

Tip: Infuse a teaspoon of dry fennel seeds in 20 cl of warm water for ten minutes. Filter and drink three times a day after meals.

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Lemon Juice: Get an immune boost and detox your liver with lemon juice.

Fifteen days out of the month, squeeze a half lemon, add warm water and drink it on an empty stomach. Wait twenty minutes before you eat anything. If you think that lemon is acid (citric acid), you’re right. But once it gets digested it becomes alkaline and your liver will thank you for it. Lemon juice helps your liver flush out toxins and helps prevent kidney stones. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, so it boosts your immune system.

Tip: Drink this concoction with a straw – the enamel on your teeth will appreciate it.

Milk thistle has been used medicinally for more than two centuries, mostly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.

The leaves of milk thistle — also known as Marian thistle, Mary thistle and Saint Mary’s thistle — offer powerful antioxidants, which is what you need when you want to do a liver cleanse. Milk thistle boosts bile evacuation and repairs liver damage.

Tip: Pour a teaspoon of dry milk thistle leaves in a cup filled with boiling water and infuse for ten minutes. Filter and drink before each meal.

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