We all know that drinking water is good for us in fact it is recommended that we drink ATLEAST 64 oz of water per day. Some even recommend that you drink half of your body weight daily. Either way that’s A LOT of water especially if you prefer a little more flavor in your drinks.
Good news! Now you can give your water a flavor boost AND transform your water into a liver cleansing, tummy slimming detox! Adding certain ingredients to your water can give you an easy daily detox.
Check out this list of my Top 5 Detox Water Recipes:
#1 LEMON MINT CUCUMBER GINGER WATER
This is my favorite of the detox waters. I drink this quite often and its probably the most popular I often see women in the gym with their water bottles filled with lemons & cucumbers. It has also been called “Skinny” water or “Flat Tummy” water because it naturally slims your physique by reducing bloat & removing toxins from your colon.
Lemons help to cleanse your blood, liver, alkalize your body and acts as a diuretic. Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar to your water, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion as well. Cucumbers are refreshing, they rehydrate and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger helps cleanse out your system, aids in digestion, and settles your stomach.
Makes 1 gallon
• 3 quarts of water
• 2 to 3 lemons, thinly sliced
• 1 medium cucumber, preferably organic, thinly sliced
• 10 to 15 mint leaves. preferably organic
• Grate 1-2 tablespoons of ginger (more if you prefer the taste)
Rinse lemons and cucumbers before slicing; slice thinly. Add lemons, cucumber, and mint to pitcher. Cover with water and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight
#2 APPLE CINNAMON DETOX WATER
Makes 1 pitcher
• 1 Fuji Apple
• 1 Cinnamon Stick, preferred (or tsp of ground cinnamon)
• Squeeze of lemon (to keep apples fresher)
Slice a fuji apple and toss the slices into the pitcher with the cinnamon stick. Cover with ice, then fill the pitcher with water and allow it to set in the fridge for 15 minutes before drinking.
Note: You can leave the same apple and cinnamon stick in the pitcher for up to three days while refilling the water.
#3 THE MASTER CLEANSE RECIPE
First let me say that I am not a fan of the “Master Cleanse” diet. Drinking a lemon water concoction only for days is FAR from healthy! You need a lot more nutrients than this water can supply BUT it is an excellent detox recipe and drinking a glass or two in addition to your normal diet is recommended.
The cayenne pepper not only gives the water a bit of a punch it also gives your metabolism a little boost. The pepper breaks up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It also is a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins due to their many benefits for the body.
Makes 1 serving:
• 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
• 2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavored syrup you use on pancakes)
• 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
• Ten ounces of filtered water
Mixing teas and natural laxatives with the recipe can help flush your body of toxins as well. Just make sure It’s decaffeinated tea because caffeine can restrict blood vessels and we want to keep your body passages as open as possible.
#4 GRAPEFRUIT PEPPERMINT DETOX WATER
If your goal is to shed a few pounds this may become your go to water! Due to grapefruits low calories, high nutrients, it has become a staple in so many diets. It has even been referred to as a “negative calorie” food which means it burns more calories than it actually contains.
Unfortunately I’m not a fan of the taste of grapefruit but adding the cucumbers and peppermint in this drink has made it one of my favs!
The Citrus fruit (Lemons, grapefruit and limes) helps detoxify the kidneys, and the lemon has antioxidant compounds called limonoids that activate detoxifying enzymes. Ginger not only aids in digestion (mentioned above) but it also improves circulation. Peppermint is a natural appetite suppressant and antimicrobial that eliminates germs in food and makes you feel fuller. So drinking this detox water about 10-20minutes before you eat will help reduce how much you eat!
• ½ gallon purified water
• ½ lemon, sliced
• ½ lime, sliced
• ½ grapefruit, sliced
• 1 cup cucumber, sliced
• 1 tsp ginger, sliced (add more if you like)
• A small handful of peppermint leaves
1. In a large pitcher add all of your ingredients and give it a mix. Add some ice cubes if you like. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before drinking. Discard the water after 24 hours if you don’t drink it all.
Please be sure not to drink it after 24 hours, as the fruit tend to get soggy, strong tasting from the citrus.
Recipe from Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
#5 WATERMELON & MINT DETOX WATER
“Watermelon helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Ammonia comes in external forms, but is also a by-product of the proteins our bodies are burning up constantly for energy, and it’s quite damaging to our cells.” –Dawn @ BeautyFrosting
Makes 1 pitcher
• 1 ½ cups Watermelon Chunks
• ½ cup of Mint sprigs
Cut up fresh watermelon into chunks. Add mint sprigs. Fill up your pitcher or punchbowl with enough water to cover. Let set for at least an hour. Serve chilled
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