What is detox water? Why is it good for us? And how does it work?
Our bodies are incredibly good at processing toxins, with the liver, kidneys and lungs working 24/7 to process what we eat as well as anything found in the environment around us. Without any sort of detox (drink or diet) we can keep ourselves running adequately - an impressive feat considering all the toxins that we come into contact with in modern life.
So why do we need detox water? When we bombard our bodies with unfamiliar toxins eg. pretty much every ingredient in fizzy drinks, our bodies struggle to cope with the overload of toxins, any water we do take in is used to combat these additional toxins, leaving us dehydrated and often leading to health problems if not addressed. We all know that water is good for us, in fact, it is the best way to flush toxins from your body. Yes, that’s right THE BEST WAY. Water supports your body’s natural elimination system works as your body’s toxin fighting superhero by both flushing out toxins and waste as well as helping to deliver nutrients where the are needed.
However, water can be a bit bland by itself and there seems to be a plethora of “good-for-you beverages,” on the market which aim to capitalise on both your healthy lifestyle and your need for variation. From skinny teas to coconut water, in all it’s variations, these ‘health drinks’ or detoxing products can be very expensive and they are getting weirder with every new product (if you don’t believe us, google ‘cactus water’ and decide for yourself).
The good news is that you don’t have to spend your hard earned money on expensive ‘health water’ just to get some variation- you can spruce up your water intake yourself with homemade detox water and add in a few more health benefits into the mix too! Winner. There are hundreds of different combinations of ingredients you can use to infuse your water, and each combination will give you a slightly different benefit. To make our water we fill a pitcher with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit in the fridge for 2 – 8 hours, adding ice just before we serve. We’ve given you a few examples below, but we’d love to hear your own recipes too!
Improve your mood - Peppermint and grapefruit infusion
Peppermint and grapefruit will help to lift your mood, especially if you are feeling anxious as peppermint is great for easing stress, exhaustion and irritability.
Naturally help your body regulate itself - Watermelon water
Watermelon far from being the water based fruit everyone assumes and is actually packed with nutrients. Adding it to your detox water is a great, natural way to aid your digestion and keep your body toxin free.
Reduce bloating - Lush lemon infusion
Lemon water has been a stalwart of the weight-loss industry for years and while it doesn’t specifically help your body process fat the lemon acts as a mild, natural diuretic which gently eases bloating.
Help you recuperate faster - Orange infusion
Hydration is a vital part of refueling after a workout. The average adult needs at least eight to 12 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If you're active, you should drink more and what better way than sipping on a great tasting, fruit infused water? The orange gives you a natural sugar boost which your body will thank you for after a hard workout.
Keep you from feeling groggy in the afternoon - Apple and cinnamon water
Cinnamon is a fab natural way to help regulate your blood sugar levels and help prevent the mid-afternoon slump after lunch. The contrast to the sweet apple flavour makes this one of the tastiest infusions around.
Help your headache and banish travel sickness - Ginger and mango water
Ginger and mango are a great combination if you’re feeling a bit under the weather. Ginger has a long standing position in the medical sphere as a natural form of pain relief, it can also soothe an upset stomach and diminish nausea too.
It’s important to remember that detoxing is a day to day undertaking rather than an intense aggressive period of denial that won’t help much once you stop. The most effective way to boost your body’s processing power is to keep your diet clean and stay well hydrated. Eating raw peppermint leaves will not give you the same benefits of drinking peppermint water because the water is the most important ingredient.
If you have any favourite detox recipes we would love you to share them with us!