I will be the first to admit–I forget to drink water. The ironic thing is that I’m not a sugary juice type of gal, so one would think I would drink water constantly right?
So with this new craze of detox water sweeping social media and the healthy living community, I decided to give it a try.
Now, just to explain, “detox” water is made by infusing water with fresh fruits and vegetables, these drinks promise to rid the body of toxins.
I recently read online that Erin Riley, R.D., nutritionist and bariatric coordinator at the Salem Surgical Weight Loss Center, said while these drinks are healthy, there is no scientific proof they are a detoxifying agent. “We get benefits from the fruits and vegetables themselves, but there is no scientific evidence the drinks can detox the body,” Riley said.
If you think about it, we’re basically just making water more enticing to drink by adding natural flavors through fresh fruits and veggies. Add the fruit/veggie infused water to a mason jar or pitcher and sip to your heart’s content! Either way, it’s an awesome and fun way to increase daily water intake 😉
First I tried a lemon, cucumber and mint combination. My goodness, so refreshing and invigorating!
Here are some benefits of lemon, mint and cucumber. Lemon water alone makes for a powerful detox drink. Lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body. Just add one thinly sliced lemon to a large pitcher, or squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass in the morning for an invigorating start to your day! Lemon also aides in digestion and boosts your immune system.
Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion. Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent rehydration, and cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties. Cucumbers are also a good source of B vitamins.
Next, I tried a strawberry, blueberry, lemon and chia seed combination.
This was also another great combo! I never thought to add chia seeds to water until I researched the benefits.
One tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon and flax seed, and more antioxidants than blueberries! They also help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water. If you add them to your smoothies like myself, thumbs up for you too!
If you decide to infuse your water with fresh fruits or veggies be sure to have the ingredients of your choice steep overnight for optimal flavor and benefit.
Cheers to great health!