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Detox Water Recipes: 5 Refreshing Ways to Stay Healthy & Hydrated

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Watermelon, cucumber, lemon… oh my! We all know how good these wonderful, refreshing fruits and vegetables are for our health. But did you know that you can also put them in plain, filtered water to not only get some nutrients, but also stay well hydrated?

“Detox waters” are becoming more commonly used as an aid in detoxing the body naturally. This is one trend that we hope will stick around for a while!

Water: A Fountain of Health

Healthy detox waterThe best thing about detox waters is that they contain, well, water. Staying hydrated is absolutely essential for pretty much every healthy function in your body, and for preventing disease as well. The reason for this is simple: our bodies are made up of over 60% water!

The importance of drinking enough water to stay hydrated (at least half our weight in ounces daily, say most experts) may seem like a no-brainer, but there are still plenty of people who haven’t made water their beverage of choice

If you’re still not convinced about the benefits of drinking plenty of water, here are just a few facts to consider:

  • Water is needed to flush out toxins. Water is the liver and kidneys’ best friend. It helps reduce their burden by encouraging the flushing out of waste products.
  • Water is vital for digestion. It helps dissolve fats and break down soluble fiber in the gut. According to research, when you are dehydrated, the colon will pull water from the stool to keep things moving, which increases the risk of constipation.
  • Water is essential for cognitive function and mood. Even mild dehydration has been shown to have a negative impact on mood. And according to a 2012 study, “being dehydrated by just two percent impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills…” Feeling cranky? Drink some water. Feeling frantic and can’t remember where you put your keys? You got it – hydrate your body into motion!
  • Drinking water can eliminate a headache. This is because many headache conditions thrive when there is not enough water in the body. Dehydration can even trigger migraines, according to a report published in the Journal of Headache and Pain. In another study, drinking two cups of fresh water helped headache sufferers find relief in as little as half an hour.
  • Water energizes us. In fact, feeling tired is one of the signs that you may be dehydrated. The next time you feel sluggish, chug at least 8 ounces of fresh water (or detox water) and watch your energy return. Hint: this also works if you are feeling hungry, since dehydration is often mistaken as hunger.

Drinking enough water is also essential for regulating body temperature, maintaining a healthy heart, adequate blood circulation, smooth and supple skin… the list goes on. On the flip side, studies show that chronic dehydration can lead to chronic stress, higher inflammation, kidney stones, constipation, depression/anxiety disorders, and extreme fatigue.

Tips for Making Refreshing Detox Waters

Detox waters are designed to refresh, invigorate, and infuse the body with hydration and nutrients from the whole foods that are put within them. They are also designed to help us drink more fresh, filtered water in general. They are not, however, watered-down versions of fruit punch or lemonade.

Be sure to avoid using condensed fruit juice, regular bottled fruit juice, sugar, or sugar substitutes in your detox water recipes. Not only can this spike your insulin levels, it can also exacerbate dehydration since sugar can reduce the amount of fluid your body actually retains.

Woman Washing Fruits and VegetablesIn addition, always make sure that the fruits and vegetables that go into your water are 100% organic and non-GMO and that they are washed thoroughly. This is especially important if you are using rinds, such as grapefruit and lemon, and skins such as cucumber.

Finally, for any of the detox water recipes below, make sure your fruits and veggies are fresh and that they stay relatively cool, especially if you are using the same pitcher throughout the day. Produce tends to spoil easily once its been cut open, even if immersed in water all day.

5 Easy-to-Make Detox Water Recipes

While single-ingredient waters such as lemon water and mint water are always an option, these creative recipes are designed to kick your water up a notch. This not only gives you a few extra energy-stimulating nutrients, but also circumvents the boredom of “plain old water” which may prevent you from drinking enough throughout your day.

Detox fruit infused water.

Be sure to use fresh, filtered water and ice, and a sturdy glass pitcher.

Never use bottled water for detox waters as plastic containers often contain BPA and the phytochemicals and terpenes in fruits can cause this dangerous chemical to leach even more. Glass is always best for detox water.

The prep time for each of these detox water recipes is less than five minutes and the instructions are all the same: chop, combine, enjoy!

#1: Cucumber-Mint-Basil Germ Buster

Cucumber is a super-hydrator and also contains silica, which can detoxify heavy metals. Mint can help digestion and uplift the mood. Finally, basil adds the germ-busting element to this savory-tasting water. This is a great water for winter, when close quarters and cold weather can lead to colds and flu.

#2: Cranberry Kidney Cleanse

Proper hydration is the best medicine for the kidneys, but cranberries can stimulate kidney cleansing and help the kidneys perform at their best. This one is great to consume in large amounts if you feel a urinary tract infection coming on, since cranberries contain a substance that can prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder.

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, crushed
  • 1 gallon fresh, filtered water
  • Ice as needed

#3: Watermelon-Berry Delight

You can use strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries in this recipe, or try all four! Along with the watermelon slices, this delightful recipe is a God-send if you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to indulge. The natural fructose in both the berries and the watermelon will give you just the boost you need. Tip: You can also add a few sprigs of mint to this water for a little added refreshment.

  • 3 cups watermelon cubes
  • ½ pint berries
  • 1 gallon fresh, filtered water
  • Ice as needed

#4: Lemon Ginger Stagnation Buster

Have you been sitting at the computer all day and just need to get things moving again? Ginger has been shown to get the blood circulating and lemon, of course, is the ultimate detoxifier. If you are in a hurry, feel free to replace the real root and fruit with 2-3 drops each of Organixx lemon and Organixx ginger essential oils.

  • 2 inches sliced ginger root (10-15 slices)
  • 1 lemon, sliced with rind
  • 1 gallon fresh, filtered water
  • Ice as needed

#5: Spiced Apple Soother

This soother combines sliced Granny Smith apples, rich in vitamin A, folate, calcium and magnesium, with cinnamon sticks, which are beneficial for the immune system as well as blood circulation. Try this without the ice or even in warm water for a mild tea.

  • 1 unpeeled Granny Smith apple, sliced (or your favorite variety)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 gallon fresh, filtered water
  • Ice as needed (optional)

Making and drinking detox waters have many benefits. They can increase your water consumption, provide you with a few more nutrients and even get your “creative juices” flowing again in the kitchen (no pun intended).

The best part about them, however, is that they can help you actually enjoy the act of drinking water again!

Take this twice a day with your detox waters to boost your body cleanse.
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Sources:

  1. Dehydration Education
  2. Mayo Clinic: Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  3. Apples, with skin, granny smith, raw nutrition facts and analysis
  4. Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections
  5. Mild Dehydration Triggers Moodiness and Fatigue in Women

Article Summary

  • Staying hydrated is essential for every healthy function in our bodies; we are made up of roughly 60% water.

  • Water facts:

    • Water is needed to flush out toxins
    • Water is vital for digestion
    • Water is essential for cognitive function and mood
    • Drinking water can eliminate a headache
    • Water energizes us
  • Detox waters are designed to refresh, invigorate, and infuse the body with hydration and nutrients from the whole foods that are put within them.

  • Always make sure that the fruits and vegetables that go into your water are 100% organic, non-GMO, and washed thoroughly.

  • 5 easy-to-make detox waters:

    • Cucumber-Mint-Basil Germ Buster
    • Cranberry Kidney Cleanse
    • Watermelon-Berry Delight
    • Lemon Ginger Stagnation Buster
    • Spiced Apple Soother

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  1. We are in Mexico for 4 months in the winters. Our water is delivered in 20L hard plastic barrels from CocaCola Mexico. We do not drink from the tap, although we are told the water is drinkable. I’m beginning to believe we have no access to “good” water during the winters if we want to keep coming to Mexico, and would appreciate your comments and suggestions.

    • Bonnie, I would recommend that you get a Berkey water filter, which will turn almost any water into good, clean, healthy water. They come in different sizes and can sit right on your counter top or in a corner of your kitchen.

  2. This sounds a whole lot better than drinking plain 8 glasses of water a day. Thanks for the info and I will start tonight with fresh picked berries I picked last summer.

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