Easy Detox Water
The past month or so has been exceptionally stressful with a major surgery for my mom and a long, long recovery process. We’ve been travelling both as a family and me by myself to help out as needed. In the process I’ve given in to one to many comfort food cravings, like my all time fave cheese and crackers, and other unhealthy choices like milk chocolate. I’ve definitely felt the effects. I’m more tired and sluggish and my stomach has been less than pleased as of late. Time to detox.
I’m not one to do a full juicing four day detox (I just get hungry and end up gorging afterwards. Kinda defeats the purpose) But I am a BIG fan of detox water concoctions. So….what is a detox water?? Simply put filtered or spring water that has fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs with detoxifying properties added to it. I make it in half gallon batches, let it sit in the fridge for two hours to brew, and sip it throughout the day while cutting out sugars and simple carbs.
Today’s consisted of 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 of a cucumber, and 15 or so finely chopped mint leaves. Simply wash all ingredients well, slice, chop, and add to a half gallon pitcher.
Lemon helps to purify the blood, while also aiding in burning fat and lowering the glycemic index of the foods you eat, thus minimizing blood sugar spikes and helping to control cravings. It’s great for tummy troubles as well, like heartburn and indigestion as it helps to make the body more alkaline.
Cucumber is great for aiding in hydration, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Mint is a natural diuretic and has a mild laxative effect, aiding in eliminating water weight and waste.
I make it in the morning, let it sit and then drink it throughout the day. I aim for at least a half gallon (so the entire pitcher) for two to three days, then a glass or two a day after that along with regular water.
You may find you go a bit more for the first couple days, but that’s kinda the point. Get rid of the crap you put in your body, literally.
Not sure you’ll like it? Make a single serving with a slice of lemon, a slice of cucumber and a couple finely chopped mint leaves.
If you don’t get through the pitcher, just make sure to throw it out after 36 hours or so. The ingredients get a bit mushy and less than delicious.