Detox Water 101

445973c9c62948febb53c0cf90f8b9dcThis summer has been booming with health trends from weight loss challenges, juicing, and eating clean, but one that has been topping charts all over is the making and drinking of detox waters.

We all know that water makes up more than half the percentage of our body; with the summer heat blazing, we can lose as much as 3 liters a day. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adequate intake of water for a non-active male is 13 cups and for a female 9 cups. If you live an active lifestyle, it is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces. Detox water can increase your water intake, help to increase your metabolism, and it is an inexpensive yet easy way to rid your body of toxins.

Detox water can be made using a variety of fruits, vegetables and spices. Some people play with the different ingredients and make it to their liking while others utilize recipes they’ve found online. One thing to keep in mind while detoxing is that the more you refill your jug, glass or bottle with the same fruits, the more diluted and less nutrient-dense the fruit becomes. So I would recommend that after 2 or 3 refills, dump it and replace with fresh fruits and veggies to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. I also wouldn’t leave the fruits in there for more than 24 hrs before changing it. Below is a recipe of the most well-known detox water.

 Natural Belly Slimming Detox Water:(for one 24 oz serving)

– 3-5 slices of fresh cucumber
– 1/2 small lemon sliced
– 1/4 of orange sliced
– a few fresh mint leaves
– 24 oz of ice cold water

Most people may ask does this really work, I say Yes and here is why…

*Cucumbers prevent water retention and also have many anti-inflammatory properties.

*Lemon provides the cleansing effect of citric acid to help clear out the digestive system

*Oranges contain flavonoids in the peel and juice that stimulate the immune system and protects against a fungi/pests while helping to reduce cholesterol levels

*Mint helps the body digest more easily and it also soothes any stomach cramps you may have.





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