It’s a brand new year, and I am beyond excited to try a new workout, wade through the struggles of a new diet, and all out try to shred those pesky pounds I gained through the festive season. January is the time of renewal, so to speak, where we are open to new regimens, and are ready to just about try something new to spruce up your fitness and diet plans.
Water is life. And though we are advised to drink 8 glasses of water a day, plain water can tend to be a bit boring. Just as I try to incorporate new fitness exercises into my routines, sprucing up your water can make it not only fun, but can come with a loads of nutritional benefits. Detox water, or infused water, is the term used to describe “pimped out water”. They are one of the most popular tools for weight loss, and come in hundreds of recipes to choose from.
The main function of detox water is to help in flushing the system of toxins and contribute to the improvement of the overall health of the body. I have compiled my top 5 detox water recipes, that will help you through your weight loss journey, and make it that much more fun.
Cucumber and Mint
This detox water recipe is my go to drink for those hot, sunny days. Cucumber is great for keeping you hydrated, and offers the best cool down possible. Not only does it leave you feeling hydrated, but it comes packed with silica, a trace mineral that is necessary for our connective tissues. In addition, it contains vitamin K, which is essential in the transport of calcium to our bones.
Plain water and cucumber can be a little bland, hence the use of mint. Mint provides a hint of sweetness without the added use of sugars. Additionally, mint aids in digestion, and settles the stomach.
Lemon, Lime and Mint
Lemon and lime are some of my absolute go to detox water ingredients. They are not only readily available, but they are also quite affordable. Rich in antioxidants, these citrus fruits are beneficial in boosting the immune system, aiding in digestion, and rejuvenating our skin. Limes are known to produce enzymes that promote liver functions. This recipes is my go-to drink when after a night out of binge drinking. It is great in providing the body with ions, hydration and flushing out the toxins in my body.
Watermelon and Rosemary
Rosemary is not one of my favorite herbs, but it does absolute wonders in when used in infused water. Rosemary contains not only anti-inflammatory properties, but is also packed in anti-oxidants that aid in removal of toxins within the body. It is also known to improve digestive functions.
Made up of 91% water, watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits. It is naturally sweet, and low in fat, making it a natural sweetener when used in this recipe. It is packed with vitamins, and is known for lowering the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Lemon, Strawberry, Cucumber and Mint
This detox water is what I would term a “super detox water”. It is highly nutritional and beneficial for weightloss. Cucumbers are naturally hydrating, coupled with the antioxidant properties of lemons, and digestive properties of mint this is a definite must-do for your diet. Strawberries are jam packed full of vitamin C which is known to naturally boost metabolism. They also are known for their anti-inflammatory properties alleviating muscle soreness and reducing bloat. This recipe is great for those fitness buffs who struggle with muscle aches after a good workout session.
Ginger, Cucumber, Mint and Lime
If you are not a fun of ginger, try this recipe, and be sure to thank me later. This detox water recipes is known as “The Yogi Cocktail”. A mojito minus the rum! Ginger is best known for its use in stimulating digestion and circulatory properties. It is great and leave you feeling refreshed when combined with cucumber, mint and lime.