ALL-NATURAL DETOX WATER – also known as – Infused Water is hydrating… refreshing… thirst-quenching.. delicious, and oh so good for your mind, body, and soul. I absolutely love infused water and can attest to the wonderful benefits it can provide to an individual. I am not really a “water” person, per se, but I knew I had to try and incorporate it into my diet somehow, so I decided to try infused water. Best decision I ever made. I have been drinking my infused water pretty religiously now for almost 6 months and believe it or not I would say it was the greatest contributor to me shedding about 28 pounds within those months. I have lost cravings for sweet foods and drinks, or maybe I should say that most juices seem too sweet for me now that I drink infused water more times than not. Apple juice, which used to be my favorite, is almost too sweet for me and it is difficult for me to even drink a full glass. Let’s not talk about soda, I literally can only drink a glass of soda if my glass is overfilled with ice and I am eating a slice of pizza, other than that, no way. I never thought I would live to see the day that I crave water.
WHAT IS DETOX WATER?
Detox water is water that is infused with fruits, vegetables and/or herbs in any combination that floats your boat.
BENEFITS OF DETOX WATER?
There are many benefits to drinking infused water. Not only is water the greatest creation on this earth, it is the greatest gift to man. Water naturally cleanses and detoxifies the body by flushing out toxins and removing impurities from your body.
Water is a natural anti-aging and anti-inflammatory agent, it boosts your immune, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous system. Water helps to keep your bones strong, boosts your energy, increases metabolism, and naturally aids in weight loss. All of that and we didn’t even add in the infused ingredients. Imagine what happens when you add all the benefits of water with the added benefits of your chosen fruit, vegetable and/or herb.
The fun part is creating your own combinations that suit both your pallet and your health needs. In my article “Cleanse and Detoxify with “Super Foods” I discussed and listed the benefits of Super Foods, feel free to read that article to give yourself a deeper insight on the benefits of certain foods so you can make decisive decisions based on what you like and what you may need to incorporate into your diet. So go ahead and create a “Super” combination of your favorite flavors. In this particular article, I chose some of my favorite combinations – in my opinion they are all tasty and delicious.
Drinking Detox Water essentially makes you look and feel great. Just a friendly reminder as to why I personally love incorporating infused water into my diet:
- it helps to increase my water intake
- it flushes toxins and helps rid my body of impurities
- it helps to curb my appetite
- it helps to reduce any muscle fatigue I may be experiencing during a workout session
- it makes me feel refreshed and hydrated
- it promotes healthy skin and hair – you obtain a natural glow, smooth and hydrated skin
- it helps with my chronic digestive issues
- it is packed full with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
- it is a natural mood enhancer and energy booster
The benefits of infused water is definitely not limited to the above because it all really depends on the combinations of fruits, vegetables, and herbs you decide to use.
- You can choose to make 1 serving at a time, using 12-16 ounces of water or go ahead a make a full pitcher for continuous drinking throughout the day
- I like to muddle some of my fruit and herbs so that the flavor can be more concentrated.
- I also like to squeeze some of my fruit juice into the water to include with my sliced fruits and veggies
- I like to refrigerate my detox water for at least 3 hours but honestly, I usually make it the night before and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The flavors blend together and infuse beautifully
- I sometimes actually freeze some of my combinations in an ice tray for a “ready anytime” infused water break. Just pour a cold glass of water and add the infused ice, drink and enjoy!
Ok, here we go with a list of some of my favorite combinations of wonderful, delicious, and hydrating “Detox Waters“…
Light and Refreshing, the combination of blueberries and water helps to flush toxins and impurities from the body, is full of antioxidants, helps regulate blood sugar, and helps to naturally curb your appetite. I like to fill my pitcher with water, I use anywhere between 1 and 2 cups of blueberries. I muddle half of the blueberries for a more concentrated taste, I cut some in half, and I add the rest whole. Yummy and delicious indeed.
Super Hydrating, on top of flushing away impurities this water is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, B and C, regulates your blood sugar and helps with digestion. I fill my pitcher with water, I usually use 1 medium sized cucumber and slice. Add the cucumber slices in the water and refrigerate overnight. Pour into glass or water bottle and enjoy!
Daily Health Detox Water is simply a combination of ginger and water. So simple yet so powerful. We already know that the water is naturally cleaning our blood and flushing away toxins when you add that with the benefits of ginger, you are packing your body full of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. For this drink I usually boil my water so that I can steep some of the ginger first to get more flavor and benefits from it. I then slice some ginger and add it into the water and refrigerate usually overnight. Remember a little ginger goes a long way so start out small and increase slowly to adjust to your taste buds.
Relieve Stress with this combination of grapefruit and water. Flush away toxins and fat cells with this natural stress relieving drink that also adds tons of anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, and packs your body full of antioxidants. Grapefruit and water also helps with sleep disorders and insomnia. Depending on the size of the grapefruit, I use between 1 or 2 with a full pitcher of water. I squeeze half of my grapefruit in the water and add the remainder slices. I then refrigerate it over night, pour, drink, and become super refreshed.
Optimal Health is what you can achieve by incorporating this “Super Water” into your life. The health benefits with the simple combination of lemons and water is quite amazing. Rid your body of toxins, flush impurities away, helps with stomach ailments and digestion, boosts mental clarity and function, pack your body full of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. These are just to name a few. I also have to include the natural stress relieving properties. Depending on the size of the lemons, I usually use around 3 or 4 per pitcher of water, which might be a bit much for someone else because it can be a bit tart. I squeeze half my lemons and slice the other half, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Boost Immunity when you blend water and oranges. This delicious infused water helps strengthen your immune system and boosts and strengthens bone and muscle strength, it is also loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. I usually use between 2-3 oranges per pitcher of water, squeeze half of my oranges into the water and slice the other half and add it to my water. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
Sweet and Refreshing is how I describe this tasty drink. Contains tons of anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails. Pineapples are known to help with fertility issues and helps to ease digestive issues. I like to use a small size pineapple per pitcher of water. I slice the pineapple, muddle a few little bits, add to water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Summer Breeze is how I describe this sweet, tart, and tasty combination of strawberries and water. Packed with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants strawberries are awesome. Throw in all the anti-aging properties and you have a winner on your hands. The amount of strawberries used is really is all about personal taste, I usually use around 10 or 12, depending on their size and how I feel, I muddle about 4 strawberries and slice the rest, add it the water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Hydrating and Thirst-Quenching, full of antioxidants, rich in anti-inflammatory substance, and packed with vitamins A, B, C, potassium, magnesium, and lycopine. For this particular infusion I cut the watermelon in chunks, amount is completely up to you, I add it into my pitcher of water and refrigerate for about 3 hours, then I get a glass, pour my refreshing drink, and enjoy the hydration.
Apples and Cinnamon create a very calming and comforting feeling. This combination promotes heart health and helps reduce Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Apples and Cinnamon helps flush out toxins and impurities from the body and helps with digestive issues and stomach ulcers. You can also look forward to increased mental clarity and help with bad breath. I like to use about 2 apples per pitcher of water, I slice the apples thinly, add it to the water, add about 5-7 cinnamon sticks, refrigerate overnight, drink and enjoy!
Especially for Her is how I look at this particular detox water. This combination is a really good choice for women to incorporate into their life. Naturally flush toxins, impurities, and fat cells, helps protect yourself against urinary tract and yeast infections, helps to reduce the risk of Ovarian and Breast Cancer, helps with digestive and stomach issues, packed with vitamins, minerals, potassium, and folic acid, and it is full of iron which helps with Anemia. I like to muddle a handful of blueberries and cranberries into a pitcher of water, add another handful, refrigerate overnight, drink and enjoy!
A Day @ the Spa is how you will feel when you indulge in this super refreshing drink. Relieve stress, relax, and cleanse and detoxify naturally all from the very first sip. Perfect replenishing drink, especially after a long day out. I like to use a medium cucumber per pitcher of water and about 10-12 mint leaves, I muddle about 4 leaves to bring out the natural oils in the mint, add sliced cucumber, muddled mint, and the remainder mint leaves in the water, refrigerate overnight, drink and enjoy!
Evening De-Stressor is the only way I can describe this drink. Enjoy a calming experience when you combine green tea, mint, and water. Not only are you naturally cleaning your blood and flushing out impurities, you are calming any tummy ailments, insomnia issues, and anxiety disorders. This drink is pretty versatile because it can drunk either hot, warm or cold.
Flush the Fat Away with this lemon, ginger and water. This combination naturally flushes away fat cells and cleans the body of impurities and toxins. this powerful combination is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It also revs up your metabolism and is a natural energy booster. I like to steep some of my ginger in boiling water and slice some before adding it to my pitcher. I also like to use around 2-3 lemons, squeezing half and slicing the other. Refrigerate overnight, drink and enjoy!
Lemon and Lime, who doesn’t love this familiar combination. I like to make this on a nice summer day because it is so refreshing. Sweet and tart at the same time with different acidity tones, I love it ice cold, almost frozen on a hot day. I usually use about 3 lemons per pitcher of water. I squeeze half of my lemons and slice the other half and do the same with the limes. Refrigerate overnight, drink and enjoy!
Start the Day with lemon, mint and water – this is a nice combination to start the morning with. It revs up your metabolism and gives you a natural energy boost. You can drink this hot, warm or cold – ease any tummy ailments, flush away fat and toxins, and go about your day.
Cool and Tart is how I describe this hydrating combination. When you drink this it almost feels like you should be on a beach in Florida. Flush away toxins while cooling down and hydrating your body. I like to use about 3 limes and a medium cucumber per pitcher of water, squeeze half of the limes and slice the other half, slice the cucumbers, add to water, refrigerate overnight, enjoy!
Super Antioxidant combo when you add oranges and blueberries together. Boost and strengthen your immune system, boost and strengthen your mental clarity – keep your body in peak shape during cold and flu season. And it really looks so very pretty in a glass or pitcher. I like to use 2 – 3 oranges, depending on its size, I squeeze half the oranges and slice the other half, then I muddle about a handful of blueberries and put a handful in the pitcher. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Double Immune Booster. When you combine oranges, grapefruit and water, you are providing your body with a double dose of antioxidants and vitamins. Boosts and strengthens your immune system and helps fight the common cold and flu. This combination is also considered a natural stress reliever.
Clear Congestion with this winning combo of oranges and pineapple. Drinking this helps boost and strengthen your immune system, flushes away toxins, impurities, mucous, and phlegm. I like to use about 3 oranges and 1/2 of a pineapple – squeeze half of the oranges and slice the other half, slice the pineapple, add to your pitcher of water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Tart and Soothing… Strawberries combined with mint was an unexpected and pleasing taste. The strawberries are so tart and fresh and the mint is so refreshing and soothing. Very delicious on a summery day. I use about 8 strawberries and 10-12 mint leaves, I muddle about 3 strawberries and slice the rest and muddle about 4 mint leaves. Add to pitcher of water, refrigerate overnight, enjoy!
A Little Cool. A Little Refreshing. A Little Bitter. That is the taste combination you can expect when you pair these flavors. Full of Antioxidants and Vitamins, this is a good choice in the colder months – the water and cucumber combined is a powerful flush, ridding your body body of impurities and cleansing your blood. I honestly like to use more oranges than grapefruit so for this mix I would use 3 oranges, 1 grapefruit and 1 medium cucumber per pitcher of water.
A Little Cool. A Little Refreshing. A Little Calming. Tastes cool and light – flushes away toxins and soothe an aching belly all at the same time. The mint adds a calming and soothing effect – a natural de-stressor and is great for any tummy ailments. I use about 3 oranges, 1 medium cucumber, and 10-12 mint leaves. I squeeze half of the oranges and slice the other half, slice my cucumber, and muddle about 4 mint leaves. Add everything to your pitcher of water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Sweet and Soothing. Mix oranges with strawberries, mint and water and you have a drink that is sweet, tart, soothing and refreshing. This powerful combination helps with blood circulation, digestive issues, and joint pain. I like to sip on this when I am out in the park with the kids or at a BBQ. For this recipe I usually use 2 oranges, 8 strawberries and 10-12 mint leaves. I muddle about 3 strawberries and 4 mint leaves and squeeze half of the oranges directly in the pitcher of water. I slice the remainder orange and strawberries and add everything to water. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
Tart, Tart and Tart. Lemons, blueberries, Acai berries, strawberries and water is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This combination flushes the fat away, cleans your blood, and regulates your blood sugar. When you drink this you boost and strengthen your mental clarity and it helps to reduce the risk of Cancer and Heart disease. Per pitcher of water, I usually use 2 lemons, 5 strawberries, and a handful of blueberries and Acai berries. Refrigerate. Enjoy!
Flat Tummy Combo. The combination of lemon, cucumber, mint, ginger, and water is my absolute favorite drink and it is what I drink most often. It is said that if your goal is to have a flat belly while detoxing this is what you should drink. It flushes away toxins, impurities and fat cells, cleans your blood and helps with circulation, calms any tummy issues, and is a natural de-stressor. I find that is curbs your appetite which helps with natural and healthy weightloss. For this recipe, I usually use 3 lemons, 1 medium cucumber, 10-12 mint leaves and a piece of ginger. I usually steep piece of my ginger first, muddle about 4 mint leaves and squeeze half of my lemons in the water. I then add the remainder of ingredients and my sliced lemons to the water. Refrigerate. Enjoy !
Tart and Zingy. The tartness of the lemon and grapefruit paired with the zing of ginger and the soothing and refreshing taste of mint and you have this delicious infused water. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, this combo helps keep you healthy during the colder months, it helps with digestive disorders, it is great to help relax you and keeps your mind clear. I usually use about 3 lemons, 1 small grapefruit, 10-12 mint leaves and a piece of ginger – I squeeze half of my lemons and grapefruit in the water and slice the other half, muddle about 4 mint leaves, and steep a piece of my ginger and slice the rest. Add all ingredients to your water. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Tart and Sweet Comfort. This nutrient filled water is oh so delicious. Naturally flush away toxins from your body, clean your blood from impurities, boost and strengthen your immune system, nervous system, circulatory system, and digestive system. It contains anti-inflammatory and ant-aging properties and keeps you feeling hydrated and refreshed. For this recipe, I usually use 2 lemons, 5 strawberries, 1 small apple and 10-12 mint leaves per pitcher of water.
Berry Minty Goodness is the only way to describe this super berry combo. Tastes like summer, cool and refreshing – the added element of mint soothes your tummy and calms your soul. This is a recipe that you can create based on the flavor profiles you love, I usually just grab a handful of raspberries and blueberries about 8 strawberries and 10-12 mint leaves. I muddle some and add the rest into my pitcher of water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy!
Exotical Infusion is how I describe the combination of strawberries, lime, mint, cucumber, and water. I like this combo – super refreshing – almost exotic tasting. I make this when I want to fool myself into thinking I am on vacation. I use about 8 strawberries, 3 limes, 1 medium cucumber, and 10-12 mint leaves per pitcher of water. I muddle about 3 strawberries and 4 mint leaves, squeeze half my limes and slice the remainder of the ingredients, add to water, refrigerate overnight, and enjoy!
Ok, we have reached the end of my most favorite detox waters… hope you enjoyed and I hope this post inspires you incorporate these new flavors into your diet and to create your own wonderful combinations….