Drinking water all by itself is a way to help flush the body of toxins on a daily basis, but with a few simple ingredients you can transform water into a detoxifying masterpiece and reap even more benefits from it. This is something you can do every single day, or as part of a broader detoxing program. Each one of the ingredients listed here will provide slightly different benefits, so be sure to choose it according to the particular goal you have…
Warm Lemon Water – One of the simplest and most effective ways to detox and boost metabolism every single day is by drinking warm lemon water in the morning before breakfast. This is an ancient Ayurvedic detox tradition that boosts the immune system, aids weight loss and improves digestion.
Watermelon Detox Water – This one couldn’t be simpler to create, and is there anything more refreshing than watermelon on a hot day when you’re feeling low on sugar? All you need is watermelon and water! The watermelon infuses the water, and when that happens, it creates a beautiful, subtle sweet smell and taste.
Slim Down Detox Water – Detox water has become one of the most popular forms of detoxifying beverages, and there’s nothing more bloat-reducing and cleansing for the body! This water is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for an optimal health, immune and metabolism boost. Cucumbers are natural diuretics that will help your body release water; lemons and limes loosen toxins in your digestive tract and the grapefruits are high in enzymes that burn fat.
Apple Spice Detox Water – The apple, cinnamon and star anise in this water taste delicious, and also looks stunning! It is a great detox water to help digest after perhaps indulging in too much comfort food. Cinnamon is extremely healthy for the heart and brain, and it also speeds up metabolism and helps regulate blood sugar. Anise is a very powerful spice that helps with digestion and insomnia.
Water (aka Sassy Water) – Cucumbers are one of the most hydrating vegetables because they’re mostly made up of water. Many detox programs include cucumbers on them for this very reason, and adding them to your water pulls out their minerals so you’re getting an added benefit. Mix in the lemon juice and you’re getting the cleansing effect of citric acid and helping to clear out the digestive system. The mint makes things taste fresh and crisp, and goes nicely with the lemon and cucumber while providing additional nutrients and benefits.
Strawberry Kiwi Detox Water – This sweet, delicious detox water is great if you feel like a subtle sugar fix, but want to keep it natural, refreshing and hydrating. It has some fantastic detoxifying benefits from the lemon, as well as a mega boost of vital nutrients, powerful vitamins and essential minerals from the kiwifruit and strawberries.
Frozen Fruit Infused Hydrating Water – This is a great idea if you don’t have time to keep your fridge or fruit bowl stocked with fresh fruit. Keep berries in the freezer and simply rinse them to defrost before infusing them in water. This recipe suggests lemon, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and cucumber, which each have a number of detoxifying qualities, essential micro-nutrients and immune boosting vitamins. Of course, you can pick and choose your berries of choice depending on what’s in the freezer!
Citrus Detox Water – This refreshing mix of citrus fruits with cucumbers and mint leaves creates a powerful infusion of vitamins that will have your body feeling a little bit lighter by the end of the day! Grapefruit is not as common as lemon and lime when it comes to citrus detoxing fruits, but it is just as beneficial, with plenty of vitamin C, potassium, lycopene, calcium and phosphorus.
Chia Detox Water – Now for something a little different. You’re probably used to hearing about detox waters made from infused fruits and vegetables, but probably not seeds! Chia seeds are considered a superfood, providing a good hit of calcium and fiber, while helping to curb your appetite. When chia seeds are added to water, they swell enormously, creating a gel-like consistency, but this recipe allows enough water to be able to drink the energy-boosting concoction!
Apple Cinnamon Detox Water (as seen on Dr. Oz) – This is also referred to as the Zero Calorie detox water because it contains nearly zero calories. There are calories from the apple, but they’re pretty negligible. You’re probably used to seeing the zero on a bottle of water when it comes all the categories on the Nutrition Information label, like calories, fat, and sodium, and this would clock in pretty close. The cinnamon it contains is going to help stimulate your internal organs to cleanse themselves, while the apple is providing you with its all natural source of vitamins and minerals. Way better than just drinking regular water and a helpful boost to any detox program.
Jillian Michaels Detox Water – You are probably familiar with Jillian Michaels if you’ve ever seen an episode of The Biggest Loser. She also promotes her own line of workout programs and diet books. Here she’s endorsed a particular detox water recipe that uses cranberry juice, lemon juice, and dandelion tea all mixed together with a lot of water. The end result is that it’s also supposed to also help you lose weight. This can really be said for anything that has a detoxifying effect, since getting back to our more natural and clean state will have the byproduct of weight loss if we’ve moved toward a heavier state.
Strawberry Detox Water – Strawberries are a great way to add a familiar and preferred flavor to most anything, and in this case it can make your water taste better while also providing antioxidants and added vitamins and minerals to your body. This particular recipe includes watermelon and rosemary as well. This makes it a great detox recipe to use in the summer when it’s easier to build up a sweat, and it’s only natural to have the taste of strawberries and watermelon. It will help to make your detoxing efforts more enjoyable and seem like less of a chore.
Weight Loss Detox Water (Fat Flush Water) – This is a great detox water for weight loss, and is specifically geared at getting certain fruits into your body that you otherwise might not eat. They’re using grapefruit here, one of the quintessential weight loss foods that seems to always get brought up when asked which foods help to lose the most weight. Grapefruit also is a fantastic detoxing food, which is often overlooked. They use tangerines for more citrus and sweetness, and cucumbers for added minerals.
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water – Apple cider vinegar is a handy detoxing aid and it’s good to keep a bottle of it in the cupboard. You can instantly improve the quality of a glass of water by adding a bit of ACV to it, but in this case they’re showing you how to make a detoxifying drink from it. They’re also including lemons, cucumbers, and mint, a popular combination you’ve seen elsewhere on our list, but the use of apple cider vinegar gives it additional properties and benefits that you won’t want to miss, and that will only amplify the detoxing process.
Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Detox – The most important part of the Master Cleanse is where you stop eating regular foods and rely only on a concoction made of organic lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. This is supposed to spur the body into detox mode, with the lack of food helping to give the digestive system a break and make sure that you’re entirely cleared out. We’ve gone into detail about what you need to do in order to complete the Master Cleanse, so if you do decide on it be sure to check our guide for the best chance of success.