One important thing to remember when walking the road of good, healthy nutrition and diet is that, as with food, you want to put as few calories as possible in your body when consuming beverages on a daily basis.
I am pretty sure that, just like me, nobody really wants to drink only plain water every day. If you want to lose some weight, are experiencing some health problems, or simply want to maintain a healthy and vibrant body, while at the same time flushing your liver, here are 10 recipes for detox drinks that will help you on your way to a healthier body.
Apple cinnamon detox water
Here is why the apple cinnamon detox drink is great for you: it does not contain any calories, except those few ones from the apples, which are unimportant, since apples are basically very healthy and also promote weight loss. Additionally, this beverage is an excellent booster of your metabolism. It helps your body get rid of harmful toxins and excessive amounts of water gathered in your body, simultaneously providing it with numerous beneficial vitamins and minerals.
In order to prepare this delicious beverage, you will need a pitcher, apples (we recommend Fuji apples), and cinnamon sticks.
Fill half of the pitcher with ice and then with water. You can now put sliced pieces of apples and some cinnamon sticks in the water, depending on the taste you want to achieve.
It is advisable for you to drink this beverage out of the fridge, after you have left it there for some time to chill. It will taste quite refreshing!
Lemon Mint Cucumber Water
The name says is all! This beverage is another great watery experience that you can prepare if you dislike drinking plain water every day while working or doing something else. The combination of lemon, cucumber and mint has great beneficial properties for you and your body.
It is an excellent way of hydrating and detoxifying your body and will help with your digestion and things like constipation, gas, and heartburn. Here is what you need to prepare this beverage: a pitcher, one lemon, one cucumber, 10 or more fresh mint leaves, and two liters of water.
As with any other beverage you prepare at home, you are free to change the amount of any ingredient depending on your taste. Preparation is, of course, very simple.
Just put the water, the lemon, the cucumber and the mint leaves in the pitcher and stir them a bit. Leave the pitcher in the fridge to cool a bit and enjoy drinking a healthy beverage, which is especially refreshing on hot summer days.
Detox Water Recipe by Jillian Michaels
If you have not heard of her yet, Jillian Michaels is a big promoter of healthy living through exercise, nutrition, and diet and has appeared on television shows such as “The Biggest Loser” and “Losing it With Jillian”. Given the fact that her life is all about being healthy, she has come up with her own personal detox water recipe. You can find everything about this recipe in her books.
Here, however, we will briefly mention the basics only. If you want to prepare her detox water recipe you will need:
- 1800 ml of purified water
- 2 tbsps. of cranberry juice
- 2 tbsps. of lemon water
- a filter bag of dandelion tea
This mixture, especially owing to its dandelion tea content, will not only keep you hydrated and refreshed, but will also help you lose weight and crush that extra fat that might be bothering you.
Master Cleanse Water
This beverage is actually a modified version of an original juice recipe from the 1940s created by Stanley Burroughs. It became popular 40 years ago as a recipe for weight loss, along with the lemonade detox diet. This beverage is actually a part of a ten-day diet regime where you drink it every day without eating any food. Many people say that it has actually helped them a lot on their way to getting a better body and losing weight.
Recently it has become quite popular after famous pop singer Beyoncé said that she used it in her diet and it helped her to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks only.
To prepare this beverage, you will need:
- 2 tbsps. of lemon juice (or you can use a few squeezed lemons)
- 2 tbsps. of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper
Put them all in 4 liters of water and stir. Many people find the taste of this detox water quite nasty, so I would recommend you to drink it for 3 days only. Give it a longer try if you can handle the taste.
Strawberry Antioxidant Water
If you want to prepare a healthy beverage filled with beneficial vitamins and minerals, this recipe is a great choice for you. To prepare this specific mixture, you will need one lemon, several strawberries, 12 leaves of basil, a jar, and some water.
Strawberries, lemons, and basil are all rich in nutrients that act as antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, so they protect the body from free radicals which can cause many diseases.
Prepare the mixture in water, and put it in a jar, leaving it in the fridge overnight to cool. The next morning you will have a delightful, refreshing beverage to savor.
Grapefruits are rich in a majority of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, C and magnesium. These nutrients act as antioxidants, having thus a cleansing role and helping the body and its organs, such as the liver and kidneys, in disposing of harmful matters and toxins.
Preparation of this beverage is very simple, for the ingredients you need are only one sliced grapefruit and around 700 ml of water. Put the sliced grapefruit in a jar, and then add the water.
After you have left the jar in the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes, you can enjoy drinking this healthy, refreshing, pleasurable drink.
Iced Green Tea Mojito
This beverage is an excellent healthy combination of the ingredients used in the popular cocktail mojito. You will not need any white rum for the drink (as it promotes weight gain and also toxifies the body). Instead, we are going to use some green tea. Green tea is quite popular for its beneficial properties and is used as a home remedy.
The ingredients combination makes this a great beverage not only for hydrating but also for weight loss, better food digestion and prevention of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and many others.
To prepare this recipe, you will need:
- two slices of cucumber
- half a lime
- 1 tbsp. of honey and ice.
If you occasionally enjoy the taste or smell of alcohol, you can also add just a few drops of white rum.
Ginger Cayenne Lemon Detox Water
The three ingredients of this beverage speak for themselves. Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties, has been proven to be one of the best home remedies, and it helps in treating and preventing many diseases, such as stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea, colds and flues, heartburn, migraines and even cancer.
Lemons and cayenne pepper are rich in healthy vitamins and minerals. To prepare this drink, you will need
- four liters of water,
- four lemons,
- a stalk of fresh ginger
- two tbsps.of cayenne pepper
Unlike many other beverages, where you just mix the ingredients in cold water, in order to prepare this one, you have to put all the ingredients in the water and simmer it for about 15 minutes.
Flat Belly Detox Water
You can find a few recipes out there with the same name. In here, we mention a recipe that is prepared with a combination of watermelon, mint leaves, and water.
Watermelon contains 90% of water and the amino acid citruline, so it is a great fruit for flushing your liver and boosting your metabolism.
To prepare this detox water, mix a cup of watermelon with water and ten mint leaves in a jar. Chill it in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before drinking it.
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water
And last but not least, here is another great recipe for a detox water that contains the same ingredients as those mentioned in some of the beverages above, with addition of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is actually a great remedy, which will help you flush your liver and blood, detoxify your body, and improve your digestion.
To prepare this detox water, you will need the following ingredients: one sliced lemon, half a sliced cucumber, four sprouts of mint, eight cups of water and 2–6 tbsps. of apple cider vinegar.
Put the water into two bottles and mix the ingredients appropriately, half of each ingredient into each bottle. Add as much apple cider vinegar as you wish, depending on your taste.
Leave them in the fridge overnight to cool, and you have prepared yourself healthy detox water for the whole next day.