It is summer, and you are thirsty. How about a few delicious homemade detox water recipes for your “drinking” pleasure?
First, what’s in your pitcher?
Chilled lemonade? Sunny D diluted with water? Cranberry juice cocktail, vitamin-enhanced water, or even sangria?
Well, if it’s one of those – BAD IDEA!
On the other day, I have stumbled on an article titled “50 Unhealthiest Drinks on the Planet.”
O, boy, I was so happy to see how the author kicked all those beverage “hits” in the rear.
On the other hand, I was stunned that with all the information available about nutrition, the danger of sugar over-consumption, and all its side effects, people still buying that crap!
1. Sugary Drinks Dehydration. Any Takers?
Well, let’ see what you are sipping.
First, when people ask questions, “Where can I buy…” that juice or that shake, I am ready to scream, “DIY” – Do It Yourself!
Get filtered water, powerful blender, infusion pitcher, sharp knife, and ice cubes. What is so difficult? A little love will help—love to yourself!
Any idea how much sugar in the most drinks off the shelf?
Even in cold-pressed juices. No difference. And for sure you don’t have fiber which slows digestion and balances the level of blood sugar.
Maybe you are in probiotic-infused drinks?
Not a good idea either. As stated in the article, “…many probiotic drinks are actually loaded with sugars, which defeats the benefits of probiotics. For example, a single serving of Tropicana’s Strawberry Banana juice has a staggering 28 grams of sugar.”
A cup of apple cider?
Think twice. But if you are so inclined, at least dilute it with water. Or as best—get a whole apple! It is yummy, has fiber, pectin, and you will stay full longer.
And now—a wolf in sheep clothes—vitamin-enhanced water.
Do you know that each of those bottles has 120 calories all come from sugar? For example, a 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water – it is “7 and ¾ teaspoons of the sweet stuff.”
It was a surprise even for me! No wonder you want to drink again and again because sugar “sucks up” so much water out of your body which requires you to hydrate again and again to reach the balance.
→ TAKEAWAY: Sugar-bombs are everywhere. Check the label of anything you touch. Remember: fast sugar absorption (no fiber) can be very damaging to your liver and have other harmful side effects and first and foremost, dehydration.
2. Is Lemonade Safe?
To add insult to injury, guess what else on the list?
Our favorite summer hit—lemonade!
I have looked through many recipes of lemonade and, o boy, each has so much added sweeteners like cane sugar and honey.
Another worry is that most recipes have their lemony flavor not because of slices of fresh lemon. What does the trick?
Commercial lemon juice or lemon concentrate, especially if you grab your bottle of the shelf. It might also have added flavors and colors. Yuck!
What else? You should know that, as stated in Science Direct, “…all citrus juices are particularly susceptible to thermal abuse during processing…” and “approved preservatives such as sodium benzoate… are often added.”
Yes, pasteurization at 180°F or 82°C destroys spoilage microorganisms but it also kills beneficial enzymes.
I was tired to read all those nuances of citrus juices production, never mind comprehending it!
Well, how do you think about lemonade now? Would you like to do it yourself?
3. Are Lemons Acidic or Alkaline?
Now – about lemon. Any argument against this tart and tangy fruit?
You are probably thinking, “It is acidic!”
Well, let me put you at ease and review chemistry basics of how your body works.
Yes, lemon has a low PH level. But it’s acidity before being metabolized has nothing to do with what matter—PH level of lemon by-products. It is what affects your kidney function, which balances your body PH.
In short, after metabolized, lemon no longer has acidic nature. So, “drink” your lemons and don’t worry.
So, next time you ask “How to make perfect lemonade,” kick the “-ade” to the curb but do not dismiss the lemon–an excellent aid for your natural body detox system and your liver.
For me, lemon is my go-to ingredient in everything I do in the kitchen—meals, salads, smoothies, and, of course, my detox water.
How about you?
4. Basics of How To Make Detox Water
Well, the idea of proper hydration has nothing to do with indulgences and sugary drinks.
The best way to quench your thirst, of course, is with a glass of filtered or mineral water.
But let’s give it a little spin – add just a touch of some delicious fruits and veggies which might help your liver to do what it does best – DETOX.
Read more about the best foods detoxing your body.
Before we make yummy fresh hydrating drinks, below are a few basic rules.
Rules of Making Detox Water
- Referring to “detox water,” – please don’t take it literally. Like in other posts, I repeat: food doesn’t detox anything! Your liver does!
- Certain vegetables, fruits, and herbs can help the liver and your natural body detox system to work more effectively by supplying essential minerals, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes.
- Lemon, as a king of citruses, will be the base of most of your detox water recipes.
- We don’t add sugar or other sweeteners!
- There is no commercial juice!
- Unpeeled slices of freshly cut fruits or veggies preserve the natural separation of juice and oil.
- Recipes have filtered and mineral water–flat or sparkling.
- To release the aroma of herbs, we tear leaves and use a granite martar and pestle set. Then I place crushed leaves in a cocktail shaker.
- Get the best infusion pitcher.
- Use ice cubes to give your water the last touch or dilute the too “tasty” drink.
- Keep your pitcher in the fridge.
- As an extra – you can use chilled glasses.
As an optional trick, to add a variety, make few ice cubes of fruits or veggies smoothies leftovers.
5. Your Favorite Classic Recipe for Detox Water
Well, its Saturday morning–the perfect time to make your detox water. We welcome to our family of detox hydration drinks a few new recipes with the old twist. It will be fun!
Since there is no madness in my methods, I will present recipes in a “free” style.
What issue will you bump into first? Lack of variety! Well, get organic lemons, limes, mint, cucumber, grapefruit, and basil.
And don’t worry–it will be simple, nutritious and appetizing! By the end of this post, you will be very excited about what is in your pitcher. By the way, do you have one? Read how to choose the best infusion pitcher.
#1 Classic Lemon Water
It is like 1-2-3: fill up your pitcher and add thinly sliced lemon. Use the ratio 2 slices per glass (8 oz) and adjust accordingly.
→ Tip: Don’t fill up a pitcher to the very top. Leave some space that you can quickly stir your water without any spill. Give your drink a few minutes to absorb all aromas.
#2 Detox Water of Cucumber and Lemon
Lemons are fun, and I always have them, but we need more flavors, don’t we?
Slice fresh seasoned (unpeeled) cucumber, add mineral water and few leaves of mint. Our lemonade should “settle” a bit letting all flavors mix well together. Right before service, add some sparkling chilled water to give it a little zest.
And don’t forget to “hoist” fresh mint leaf on the top of each drink.
6. Detox Water Cocktail Style
#3 Mojito Way – Lime and Mint Infused Water
Let’s make the previous recipe more versatile – we are going with mojito style – using lime and more mint.
This one is so tasty that your pitcher will be empty very fast. Suggestion? Prepare a few pitchers in advance. Keep them in the fridge.
For extra cool touch-up, serve your “mojito” water in highball glasses and give it a splash of club soda.
#4 Ginger and Basil Water Smash
Shall we experiment further?
Here we have two new players – ginger and basil.
Ginger is not on my original list of the best foods detoxing your body. But I use a little every day because of its anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants. I guess I will revise my prior post.
In addition to a couple of slices of lemon and two-three slices of fresh seasoned cucumber (unpeeled), put in the glass couple of thin slices of ginger. I do not recommend grinding it because small pieces floating on the top might bother you unless you use a special pitcher. My recommendation – get Grosche Borosilicate Glass Infusion Pitcher.
In general, we are making “water,” and it should be easy to drink!
As for basil, like in cocktail making, put 3-4 leaves in a cocktail shaker and mess with them using a small wooden spoon. Add sparkling (I prefer) water and shake well. Pour in a glass with lemon, ginger, and cucumber.
Of course, you can stir all ingredients together, but your water becomes more “cloudy” because of the faster release of juices. It is up to you!
7. Fruit Detox Water
If you are more on a “sweet” side, this section is for you.
#5 Pineapple and Lime Extravaganza
There are two main components here – pineapple and lime. Mint is only for “dressing up.”
Since pineapple is very “juicy,” the more you shake or press pieces, the cloudy water will become.
I like a quarter of the whole round slice cut in a few pieces (with skin) or a half of the round – for a highball glass. Lime – the same 2 thin slices.
Mix it well and enjoy!
How can you mix it? Get your best infusion pitcher!
#6 Kiwi and Orange Water Delight
As you can see, per glass here are 2 slices of orange–preferable bloody orange–and 2 slices of kiwi. Both fruits should be ripe. Mix them well with chilled filtered or mineral water.
If you don’t feel enough “fruity” flavor, press gently orange slices and give it a few minutes to release the citrus aroma.
Crown this beauty with mint leaves.
#7 Grapefruit Message In the Bottle
It cannot be simpler than this one. Only two ingredients – water and grapefruit!
But! Use pink or red citrus. It is more fruity and gives your water “personality.”
Cut grapefruit in edges and then in 3-side pieces (like featured on a picture). This way, it allows more “surface” to release flavor.
I love to “shake” my grapefruit in a bottle. And I always refill it.
Tasty, pretty, and hydrating!
Conclusion: Hydration and Fun!
Well, hydration is the name of the game.
Now you can put hands on your hips and shout, “I am ready for a weekend!” Your pitcher is full, and you have few extras. Great Job!
Detox water infused with fruits, cucumber, and herbs is a pleasure to sip, and a fun way to get hydrated.
Let’s review. The center of all your creations is lemons and rightly so. They stimulate the body to release digestive enzymes, and Vitamin C helps convert harmful toxins in water-soluble elements.
But we need more flavors, don’t we?
Cucumber, which is popular in the beauty industry because of silica, is also assisting the body to remove unwanted toxins and waste. It is very water-based and has a pleasant fresh aroma.
Grapefruit and pineapple?
They are not just with fruity flavor. These fruits add antioxidants for protection against inflammation and pledge plenty of other cleansing benefits.
Before you play with homemade detox water recipes, get your shopping list and everything you need–best infusion pitcher, regular or highball glasses, ice cubes and a sharp knife.
Well, the job is done. It was the easiest “cooking” lesson, wasn’t it?
Or not even a lesson – just pure FUN!
I invite you to enlighten us with your thoughts. Leave them below.
Founder of Detox Generation
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