If you’ve taken a look at fitness on social media, you’ve probably seen pictures of mason jars filled with fruit and water. These images highlight the latest fitness craze: Detox Water.
Detox water is created by adding fruits, spices, and herbs to water for a period of time. After a few hours, the water will contain the nutrients and flavours of anything added.
Unlike most diet fads that quickly die out, detox water has stood the test of time and proven to be beneficial to those embarking on a fitness journey. Whether it be losing weight, cleansing the body of toxins, or simply boosting your immune system, there’s a recipe out there.
When it comes to weight loss, many people struggle with cutting out sugary drinks. Most people who enjoy sugary drinks find the move to water touch due to its lack of taste; this is where detox water can help. As you infuse the water, the flavours are transferred into the water. Mixing various fruits and herbs can create a sweet flavour which satisfies sugary drink cravings whilst still being healthy and beneficial.
The best ingredients for weight loss are:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cayenne Pepper
As the name suggests, detox water is wonderful at cleansing the body of harmful toxins. Water itself is one of the best ways to cleanse as it is vital to keep the kidneys functioning. The kidneys main purpose is to filter the blood and remove anything unwanted. These toxins are then passed to waste water to be removed from the body. These detoxifying effects can be extended to the rest of the body by adding key ingredients to the water. Some ingredients can reduce bloating, prevent constipation, and reduce free radicals.
Try adding the following antioxidant-rich ingredients to boost the detox effect:
Boosting The Immune System
Drinks have always been admired for their ability to improve the immune system, especially during the winter months. Recipes that have immune-boosting effects contain ingredients that help detox whilst providing the body with the required nutrients for fighting infections. Drinking these as a preventative measure before the flu season is the most beneficial, however, if you’ve already fallen sick, enjoying these recipes warm can speed up your recovery.
Add the following to your water for gradual immune systems strength:
- Cayenne Peper