I know the words detox and cleanse are not really appealing, specially when one is on the long road to weight loss. Also because detox drinks that are available on the shop shelf are full of preservatives & sugar, causing more harm than good. Similarly, your liver and kidneys are natural detoxifiers, so drinking and eating foods that claim to do the work of your body’s internal organs seems redundant and like a waste of time and money. Here’s why The body does a pretty good job of detoxifying itself. Subtext: Your liver doesn’t need a $12 fresh-pressed cayenne-lemon-ginger juice to do its job — and neither do your other organs. The same goes for detoxes designed to improve your skin. If skin looks better after a detox, it’s because many detoxifying teas and juices trick you into consuming less liquor and more liquids — a good thing, considering most people suffer from mild dehydration, which can lead to dry, rough-looking skin and compensatory oil production that leads to breakouts.
But toxins can be looked at differently. Toxins manifest themselves in the form of pollutants, chemicals, and even foods like gluten and lactose for those who are allergic or averse to them. So while we may not have a high content of poisonous, harmful toxins floating around our insides there are components that don’t sit well with our bodies. These can stand to be eliminated from our diets as well prompted to be flushed out of our systems by drinking plenty of water.
That’s where detox water—or infused water—comes in. No, not sugary juices you’ll pay a cool $9 for, but fruit, vegetables, and herb-infused detox water recipes that may not completely rid your system of all evil but will kick-start your metabolism, support your liver, and deliver nutrients in a natural, non-harmful way. Many are also packed with natural antioxidants to reverse cell damage. Plus, the influx of water and many of the anti-inflammatory ingredients will help de-bloat—a miracle component if we’ve ever heard one.
Detox water is made by combining plain water with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and letting the ingredients soak for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. The longer you let the ingredients soak, the more flavors and nutrients you will drink!
What Are The Benefits Of Detox Water?
Aside from their great taste and zero calories, detox water has many additional health benefits, including:
- Boosts your metabolism.
- Improves your mood.
- Flushes toxins from your system.
- Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk food.
- Keeps food moving through your system.
- Keeps your organs functioning and healthy.
- Reduces muscle fatigue during your workout.
- Helps your body recover faster from a workout.
- Beautifies your skin, nails and hair.
Drinking water and weight loss go hand in hand. Drinking water to lose weight and be healthier is one of the easiest habits you can build, especially when you have so many healthy and delicious detox waters recipes to choose from!
Strawberry Detox Water
The best thing about this strawberry detox water is how unbelievably easy it is to prepare. And the ingredients list tells the tale; sliced strawberries, orange wedges, mint and water. That’s it! Let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour (or less if you’re impatient to start drinking), and you’re good to go. The strawberries and oranges impart a real sweetness to the infusion, without becoming cloying. And, unlike soda or sports drinks, it’s high in vitamin C and low in sugar. The hand torn mint adds an element of light herbaceous brightness to the mixture. Hand tearing the mint leaves, as opposed to cutting them with a knife, is said to release the maximum amount of the fragrant oils and prevent the leaves from discoloring so quickly.
1 cup strawberry sliced
2 cup ice
3 cup chilled drinking water
few fresh mint leaves
1 lime sliced
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 2 inches fresh, peeled ginger root
- 2 lemon/lime wedges
- 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- Bonus: a dash of peppermint essential oil
Method: Same as above.
What does it do: Lemon contains high amounts of vitamin C, aids in digestion and acts as a detoxifier to help flush toxins out of the body. Regularly sipping on the lemon water can help you lose weight, as the pectin found in lemon helps you feel fuller. There are many benefits of ginger for weight loss, and pairing these two together makes for a powerful combination to shed those extra pounds.
Apple & Cinnamon Detox Water
Boost your metabolism naturally with this ZERO CALORIE Detox Drink. Put down the diet sodas and crystal light and try this out for a week. You will drop weight and have TONS ON ENERGY! Sounds yummy! Makes one big pitcher, re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon.
1 Apple thinly sliced (whatever your favorite is)
1 cinnamon stick
Method: Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher and then the cinnamon sticks, cover with ice about 1/2 way up then add water.
Let it sit in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!
How does it help: Apples are high in pectin and can help eliminate toxic build up and cleanse the intestines. The benefits of cinnamon for weight loss revolves around its ability to control blood sugar. Cinnamon adds a distinctive, yet subtle sweetness to the water.
Mango, Lemon & Pineapple Detox Water
- Cubed pineapple and mango (enough to fill 1/3 of a glass)
- A few lemon slices
Directions: Combine all ingredients and serve.
What does it do: Pineapple is chock-full of bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme. Mangoes help improve digestion to help de-bloat flatten your tummy as well. Lemon contains high amounts of vitamin C, aids in digestion and acts as a detoxifier to help flush toxins out of the body. Regularly sipping on the lemon water can help you lose weight, as the pectin found in lemon helps you feel fuller.
Cheers to that yummy, tall glass of detox water !