Detoxing with flavored waters is a fun and easy way to improve how your body feels. The flavored water makes it more enjoyable to drink the right amount of water, and the specific ingredients used change how the water helps you. Since metabolism is an important factor in losing weight, using detox water recipes that can boost your metabolism gets both goals with one easy drink.
What is detox water?
Also called fruit infused water or flavored water, detox water is nothing else than (filtered) tap water immersed with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. The added ingredients release over the time certain nutrients to the water and boost its taste.
That way this drink helps not only to hydrate your body but supplies it as an aside with vitamins and minerals. Some nutritionists claim that you can get up to 20% of the vitamin content of freshly squeezed fruit juice, all without the extra fructose or calories.
7 tips to make the most out of your naturally flavored water
To get most benefits from your flavored water I have packed some frequently asked questions into seven tips:
- Wash your fruits and vegetables very thoroughly or even better use organic food, if you don’t peel it.
- Frozen fruits work too, but they do not release as much juice.
- For health and taste reasons I recommend filtered water. Regular tap water is ok, if it tastes good to you.
- You’ll need 1-quart or 2-quart pitchers, mason jars, carafes or infused water bottles.
- There is no right or wrong with ingredient quantities. My recipes can only serve as a rough guideline. Test as often as possible to get your preferred flavor combination.
- Drink up your beverage within 24 hours otherwise the fruits get mushy.
- You can eat the fruits after infusing, but be aware that most fruits will taste bland after they have been infused.
Detox Water Recipes
Basil detox water
This herb infused water is a no brainer as most of you might have fresh basil sitting on the windowsill. You need a 1-quart pitcher with very cold water and 12 plucked, large basil leaves. Fold the leaves 1- 2 times to activate its flavors and add them to the water. Let the drink sit in your fridge for at least 1/2 an hour. Serve it with ice cubes.
Basil’s oils provide antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil water can help alleviate feelings of fullness and sooth indigestion. The ultimate benefit though, it tastes amazing!
Lemon detox water
This basic lemon water is probably one of the very first detox water recipes around and perfect for a healthy morning routine. You just need the juice of one lemon mixed with cold or warm water. Add some lemon slices if you like. Drink it each morning after you wake up or take it with you in a water bottle and sip it all day.
This will help your body flush toxic agents and prevent the deposition of metabolic waste. By the way, lemons are also a perfect anti-hangover helper.
Lemon ginger infused water
For this classic detox water drink you need a 1-quart pitcher, one organic lemon cut in slices and a small knob of fresh ginger. Pour water in the pitcher and add the lemon slices. Grate ginger by using a zester and add it to the beverage.
Ginger is a natural pain reliever, warms you from the inside and speeds up your digestion. For best results drink it at room temperature each morning directly after getting up. That helps stimulating your organism to flush toxic waste.
Watermelon detox water
There is probably no better fruit for detox water than a watermelon. Add 10 oz./300 g watermelon cubes (best without pits) in a 1-quart pitcher, fill it up with water and put it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Watermelons contain not only a lot of vitamins and minerals, but they also support your body to flush toxins.
Blueberry detox water
Mix a handfull of fresh or frozen blueberries and some ice cubes in a 1-quart mason jar and fill it up with water. Let it settle for at least one hour. The presence of blueberries provide this detox water with a rich anti-oxidant property.
The skin of blueberries contains valuable substances that prevent diseases and also act anti-inflammatory.
Blueberry orange vitamin bomb
Take the blueberry detox drink to the next level and add some orange slices to it (make sure it is organic and not waxed). It is best to use a 2-quart pitcher. If you wait one day you will be surprised how the water and orange change to a blue color.
Oranges help with healthy blood circulation and contain tons of vitamin A, C and antioxidants. Together with the blueberries they will aid you feel energized and boost your metabolism.
Raspberry lime detox water
Mix two tablespoons fresh or frozen raspberries and slices of one organic lime in a 1-quart mason jar. Fill it up with water and let it settle for half an hour.
Raspberries have strong anti-oxidative properties that support your kidneys, liver and colon to purify. Limes contain flavonoids that increase the secretion of acids and bile and stimulate the digestive system.
Pear berry detox water
Place pear cuts, a few berries (raspberries, blueberries) and some lime slices in large 2-quart pitcher. Fill it up with water and let it sit for an hour. Pears contain an amazing amount of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.
Together with the other fruits this belly-slimming water helps to boost your metabolism, burn fat and flush toxins.
Blackberry mint detox water
This is another refreshing and healthy flavor combination. Layer 1/2 cup of ripe blackberries in a 1-quart carafe. Rub a hand full of mint to release its etheric oils and add it to the blackberries. Fill up the carafe with fresh water and let it sit for at least 2 hours.
Blackberries contain also wonderful anti-oxidative components. Fresh mint is an old herbal remedy that has an anesthetic effect on stomach lining (no hunger), stimulates the production of bile and with it fat burning.
Mint contains menthol and furthermore carotenoids, flavonoids as well as vitamins and trace elements. Lastly, this herb has also been linked to helping people with asthma, fatigue, headaches, depression and memory problems.
Kiwi blackberry infused water
This delicious detox water combination with kiwis and black berries makes a perfect summer drink. Mix some kiwi slices and blueberries in a large 2-quart glass jar, fill it up with water and let it sit in your fridge for at least one hour.
Kiwis contain a lot of vitamin A and E and help relieve your body from free radicals. Blackberries have on top also amazing anti-aging properties. Add some lemon slices if you like.
Strawberry honeydew melon water
You need 10 strawberries cut in halves and some melon pieces. Put fruits in a large glass, pour in water and add some fresh mint leaves. Leave it in your fridge for an hour, then enjoy.
This drink not only detoxifies it also hydrates and can provide a beautiful skin. Rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory substances it looks just gorgeous in a glass.
Grapefruit rosemary infused water
Quarter some organic grapefruit slices and place them in a 2-quart pitcher. Add one spring of rosemary. Fill up with water and cover. Store over night in the fridge and serve it the next morning.
While the grapefruit detoxifies your body, rosemary acts calming. Its etheric oils also provide a pleasant scent. With the rosemary (my favorite herb) you have another wonderful way to get anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that help to fight the damage from pollution, stress and everyday living.
Pineapple star fruit water
If you prefer an exotic detox water then you will love the following recipe ready within 5 minutes. You just need to mix some pieces of fresh pineapples and some star fruit (carambola) slices in a 1-quart pincher and fill it up with water. The longer the steeping time (at least 2 hours) the better the flavor.
Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C and B6. They help your body to neutralize free radicals, boost your immune system and promote eye and bone health. Star fruit is a powerhouse of Vitamin C and A.