It is a well-known fact that water can flush out harmful toxins from the body. Whether you are trying to lose a few extra pounds or just want to switch to a healthier diet, drinking more water can cleanse your body from within, helping you to reach your goals. Having ample amounts of water every day will keep you hydrated and help maintain the health of your vital organs. But, despite knowing the wonders of what water can do doesn’t always mean we drink enough (likely because it doesn’t really please our taste buds).
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Adding delicious flavors to regular water might encourage you to start drinking more water. These delicious water recipes are filled with the goodness of fruits, spices, and herbs that are immensely good for your health. You can even pick ingredients that are appropriate for the current season. They will not take up much of your time and are easy to prepare. Continue reading to find out how you can jazz up ordinary water and transform it into a nutritious beverage.
#1 Mango Basil Detox Water
What you need: Slices of mango, basil leaves, water
Seasonal fruits are often hot favorites. Why not add your favorite fruits to water to create a delicious, flavorful drink? Mango helps improve digestion, increases the metabolic rate, regulates blood pressure, and lowers bad cholesterol. Basil helps to flush out harmful toxins and inhibits cancer cell production.
How: Add a few mango slices and basil leaves to 1 liter of water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a while. Enjoy your cold detox juice.
#2 Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Water
What you need: Half a grapefruit, a rosemary sprig, water
If you are trying to lose some weight and could use some help, this is just the drink for you. Grapefruit infused water aids weight loss and can also improve insulin sensitivity. Rosemary can help prevent brain inflammation and neurodegeneration.
How: Soak rosemary in a jar filled with water and let it sit overnight. Add slices of grapefruit to this water the next morning and drink it after a couple of minutes.
#3 Ginger Mint Detox Water
What you need: Cucumber slices, ginger root, lemons, mint
Water infused with ginger and mint is great for the stomach. Ginger is the best way to relieve digestive problems like nausea, loss of appetite, and motion sickness, whereas mint is a soothing herb that can relieve indigestion or an upset stomach by easing digestion and gas.
How: Add a freshly peeled ginger root and two lemons to 1 liter of water. Add 10-12 mint leaves and a pinch of salt to taste.
#4 Strawberry Cucumber Detox Water
What you need: Strawberries, slices of cucumber, water
Strawberry, another delightful seasonal fruit, along with cucumber, can make the perfect detox juice. While strawberries help reduce inflammation and prevent diabetes, cucumbers are low in calories, and they lower cholesterol and flush out harmful toxins. Together, they make a powerful detox potion.
How: Slice the strawberries and cucumbers and add them to a jar of water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add a few ice cubes and enjoy a cool beverage.
#5 Dragon Fruit Detox Water
What you need: Dragon fruit, lemon, cucumber, water
Apart from its fascinating appearance, the dragon fruit has much more to offer. It is rich in antioxidants and contains several vitamins. The dragon fruit detox water enhances the body’s natural metabolism. It also contains carotene and essential proteins that help in cleansing the body.
How: Squeeze a lemon into a jar of water with cucumber slices and then add wedges of dragon fruit to it. Let it sit for some time to let the flavor infuse.
#6 Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
What you need: A quarter of an apple, cinnamon sticks, water
Apart from the fact that apple and cinnamon make a great combination, they are also very healthy. Apples are rich in phyto-nutrients that can help fight cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Cinnamon can effectively aid weight loss. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help in flushing out toxins from the body.
How: Soak a few cinnamon sticks in water overnight. Slice a quarter of an apple and add it to the cinnamon-infused water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Enjoy your flavored water.
#7 Grape Orange Detox Water
What you need: Grapes, slices of orange, water
This grape orange detox water has a refreshing flavor and works as an excellent detox for the skin. Grapes help inhibit cancer and boost the body’s immunity, and oranges are rich in antioxidants.
How: Soak slices of oranges and grapes diced in two halves in a jar of water. Let it sit for over half an hour and then add mint leaves for extra flavor.
#8 Citrus Aloe Detox Water
What you need: Aloe vera gel, oranges, lemons, mint leaves, water
When it comes to detoxing your skin, nothing can be better than aloe vera citrus water. Aloe vera gel has various health benefits, ranging from regulating diabetes to aiding weight loss. It also improves digestion and boosts the immune system. Citrus fruits have excellent immune boosting properties. This combination of citrus fruits and aloe is a package that completely detoxifies and cleanses your body.
How: Add aloe vera gel to water that is infused with oranges and lemons. Let it sit for some time. Add ice cubes and mint leaves to taste.
#9 Blackberry Kiwi Detox water
What you need: Blackberries, slices of kiwi, water
It sounds like an exciting combination, doesn’t it? Well, it tastes even better! Blackberries are known to fight cancer and protect the body from anemia while kiwis decrease platelet aggregation and lower cholesterol levels. This combination is a great immunity booster and flushes out harmful toxins from the body.
How: Toss a couple of kiwi slices and a bunch of blackberries into a jar of water and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add ice cubes for a cool refreshing juice.
A little flavor can go a long way. And when it comes to good health, it is worth the effort. These recipes are not only fun to make but also offer loads of health benefits in addition to detoxifying your body and getting you to drink more water. Try these, and you will surely notice a difference.
Written by Vineetha Reddy
Being a regular practitioner and adviser of everything related to nutrition, fitness, health, and wellness, I also have begun to write and contribute to this knowledge ecosystem on sites like LifeHacker.co.in, StyleCraze.com and ElephantJournal.com.
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