You may have heard about water recipes which allow you to “flush fat” but wondered how they work. Clearly water isn’t a magic bullet but it is something your body needs every day to function; your body actually uses water to eliminate unwanted waste.
From the article:
“Fat is broken down when the body uses its fat deposits to produce energy and the triglycerides in the fat cells are removed. These are broken down into fatty acids and glycerols and are then absorbed into your muscle tissue and internal organs, where they are then broken down even further through various chemical processes. If the products left over from these chemical processes are not used by the body as energy, they are then considered waste products and need to be removed from the body. This is where the role of water comes in.”
Water is the vehicle used to clear waste from the body. Once the leftover materials from the fat are broken down, they are filtered out of the organs by the water we drink- the water carries that waste to the bladder where it’s expelled from the body through our urine!
Drinking enough water every day keeps you hydrated and helps facilitate the breakdown and elimination of those fat cells. While conventional wisdom used to say that 8 glasses of water should be consumed on a daily basis, that number really depends on your size, how much you exercise, and the temperature. A good rule of thumb is to drink water first, before soda or fruit juice, so that you stay hydrated (remember many other drinks actually DEhydrate the body).
Here’s a Fat Flush recipe from our friends at FitLife:
- 2 Liters (64 oz.) Purified Water
- 1 Tangerine, sectioned
- ½ Grapefruit, sliced
- 1 Cucumber, sliced
- 4 Peppermint or Spearmint Leaves
- Ice, (made from purified water) optional
- Mix in a pitcher before bed and drink throughout the entire next day. Please consider using organic produce for this. If it is unavailable to you, thoroughly wash the produce before adding it to the water.
Each of the ingredients in this recipe has a job: the tangerine increases sensitivity to insulin, stabilizes blood sugar, and due to their high vitamin C content– increases fat burned during exercise. Grapefruit will increase metabolic energy, burn fat, and increase energy. The cucumber helps you to feel full and acts like a natural diuretic. That means less bloating and water retention. And lastly, mint leaves help with digestion.
One thing to remember: drinking plain water or even the water recipe provided is unlikely to burn fat on its own (although water does help in general with a weight loss/healthy lifestyle program). Rather this recipe is considered a fat flush, and that means that you’ll STILL need to do the exercise required to break down the fat so that it can be eliminated by the body. And good nutrition plays a huge role, too. If you are eating well, properly fueling your body, you should never have to worry about restricting calories.
If you try this recipe, let me know what you think of it and what it does for your body!!