Water, But Add a Little Bit of Spice — Detox Edition

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Releasing toxicity out of your life to recharge your mind, body and energy is a VALLEY must — especially right as a new season begins! Since the recommended amount of water to drink daily is 8 cups, detox water is the way to go. Not only does it meet these health recommendations, but also comes with many other health benefits including removal of toxins.

So, what exactly is detox water? It’s water that has been infused with flavor from different fruits, vegetables, and herbs that give the water detoxing benefits. Since the water is infused with fruit, it saves a lot of calories rather than juicing, which is why it is typically known to help aid weight loss. Alongside that, detoxing water also helps with removing toxins, balancing your pH and boost the immune system.

Depending on what produce goes into the water, the properties can differentiate since every ingredient has various benefits and the strength the infusion has in the water. Lucky for you, VALLEY has gathered some unique recipes for you to get started!

What You’ll Do:

It is important to note that for every mixture, the steps to achieve each drink are the same for preparation. Each detox combination entails cutting the fruit or vegetable into slices to fit inside your liter or so of water. The temperature of the water does not matter, whichever you prefer. However, cold water should sit inside your refrigerator for 1-12 hours to enhance the infusion. If you do not have an hour to wait, crushing up the fruit or herbs can help release nutrients more quickly.

Lemon Cucumber Mint Water
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What You’ll Need
  • ½ cucumber 
  • 1 lemon
  • A few sprigs of mint
  • Water 

This combination is one of the infamous versions of detox water, which makes sense considering how many benefits it comes with! The lemon brings vitamin A while the mint brings vitamin C making these two antioxidants even more powerful together. Lemon helps cleanse blood and arteries and also aids the liver to produce more enzymes while releasing toxins as well. It also helps reduce inflammation and increase mineral absorption. The cucumber is rich in fiber that reduces swelling. All three of these ingredients help digestion as well as flush out the toxins. 

Pineapple and Ginger Water 
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What You’ll Need
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple 
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh ginger 
  • 4 cups alkaline water

This duo is the ultimate tummy fixer in every department. Pineapple has bromelain which is an enzyme that helps digestion and reduces bloating. The ginger kicks in to regulate the body’s blood sugar and is known to help an upset stomach.

Strawberry Basil Lime Water 
Photo posted by @Detoxmyway on Instagram
What You’ll Need
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries 
  • 2 small limes
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves

The triple threat of ingredients here brings not only antioxidants, but vitamins A, B, C, E, and K from this combination. Strawberry brings an extra kick to the mix since it helps absorb minerals like iron and calcium and supports the immune system while maintaining proper metabolic functions that make this drink improve weight loss as well. 

Did you try out any of these infused water recipes? Let us know about your favorite water by tweeting us, @VALLEYmag, on Twitter!

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