“The body requires liquid and if it’s not getting enough it will try to take fluids from the colon,” says naturopath Ron Jean. “This will make your intestinal waste drier, slower and harder to move out of the body.” To stimulate your digestive system, start each day with a warm glass of water flavoured with the juice of one lemon. Throughout the day, sip six to eight glasses of filtered water, preferably at room temperature. To get the optimum benefits from your fluids, cut out caffeine, sugar- based and fizzy drinks and, instead, have herbal tea. “Water is absorbed into the bloodstream, helping increase blood volume and stimulating the kidneys to filter the blood,” Jean explains. “It also encourages water-soluble toxins to leave the body via the urine, lungs, breathing and perspiration.”
If you’re a juice junkie, buy a juicer and make some cleansing and tasty, fresh concoctions. Beetroot, carrot and celery juice is a great liver tonic and tomato juice is rich in vitamin C. Though fruit juices such as pineapple, pear and apple are very tasty, aim for no more than one a day, as these fruits are full of natural sugars, which should be kept to a minimum.