When I started to change my lifestyle and diet, I knew I had to drink more water. Cutting soda and sugary drinks was one of the hardest things for me to do. Then, I found the perfect alternative. [[I also have a thing about eating whole fruits. Don’t ask me why or how… but I can’t just eat oranges by the slice; it needs to be in juice form at least.]] With that said, infusing fruit into water was a great way for me to start drink more water!
I’ve read countless articles of all the benefits of this “detox water”: detox, weight loss, energy, better skin… so on. All these things did happen for me but I believe a healthy diet and exercise factor into that as well. So onto the real question.
Is this the magic DIY potion for your skin? No. BUT hydration is important for over all skin health. I believe that detox waters help you be able to drink more water than you normally would. In that sense, yes your skin will improve. It’s actually really hard to drink 8 bottles of water a day. Having my refreshing detox waters made it easier to drink a lot of water and improve my skin complexion as well!
Detox waters consist of a combination of fruit, vegetables, herbs or all three. If you can, try to buy organic produce. If you are adding peels and the outsides in the water, you want to keep out as many chemicals as possible. Don’t forget to wash.
If you are someone that needs to kick that soda habit or just don’t like the plain taste of water; try some of my favorite combinations and see for yourself!
1. Cucumber + Lemon + Mint
– Peel off the skin of the cucumber otherwise it can cause your water to get really bitter.
– Don’t replace lemon with lime (Unless you like the taste of lime…) Lemons give a more fresh taste
2. Strawberry + Lemon + Basil
– Prep for strawberries: remove stem, cut in halves or quarter slices.
– A tip on lemons; you can cut whole slices OR just squeeze the juice out!
– If you don’t like basil, try with mint!
3. Blueberries + Cucumber + Orange
– Cut orange in whole slices then in half
4. Strawberry + Orange + Lemon + Blueberries
– A fruity delight!
5. Cucumber + Mint + Strawberry
– So refreshing!
Other ingredients you can use: raspberries, grapefruit, pomegrante, rosemary, watermelon
***Mix and match with your favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs.
***Something to keep in mind… Don’t get detox waters confused with juicing. Juicing/or Pressed juice is making a drink created only from the fruits/veggies you use. Detox waters are just a bottle of water with whole fruits infused into them to give water a hint of what the fruits provide (taste, smell, vitamins, anti-oxidants…etc)
***When I first started making detox waters, I juts took a bottle with water and put my ingredients into them, and let it infuse overnight. The only problem was I would get bits of my ingredients in my mouth when really I just wanted to water. Until I discovered actual bottles MEANT for infusing. Check out my top 3!
This Fresh Fusions 32 oz bottle is prefect for the athlete on the go. It has perfect handle grip and spill proof lock that everyone prays for. There’s a lot of color choices to match your style. Some other additions are an insulated sleeve and a recipe book. I hope you try mine but there are more in the book that you can try as well!
The Ello Zest Glass Infuser Bottle $14.99 is just too cute! Rather than the typical fruit infuser bottle, you put the fruit into the bottom. Same idea, just different look. In all honesty, this bottle is better for drinking at home or maybe on your way somewhere in the car due to the type of top closure and the fact that it’s glass; you don’t want to just toss it in a gym back or backpack.
So, after you’ve tried this, you may end up loving it as an everyday water to drink. In that case, you may want to add a pitcher tonhave at home. This way you are infusing a large amount of water than just 1 bottle. This is may be more cost effective as you can just fill any bottle you have at home with already infused water from a pitcher. $16.99.
Fruit infuser bottles/pitcher make detox waters easy to prep and easy to clean!
I hope this article helped you face some facts about detox waters. They are not a cure all. They are great to help you stay on top of hydration and take away from ‘bland’ water. And in doing so, yes, you will see changes and benefits from it in your body and out.
Let me know if you already have detox waters in your routine or other recipes you like instead. Did you see changes in your skin? Or overall health? Comment below!