What is detox water? Well, you probably know but I’ll explain here anyway: it is any combo of fruits, veggies and herbs immersed in water and steeped in cold for at least 4 hours. The resulting water is full of flavor, nutrients, and makes it very easy to consume enough water to meet your body’s needs and more.
Below I have listed fruits, herbs and veggies that are excellent options to use to build detox waters to fit your needs.
I have provided at least one aspect they are known to contribute to infused water. However, each fruit, herb or veggie probably adds more than the key benefit I list. And the nutritional benefit to you drinking more water is a huge bonus.
Also, another big bonus! I have introduced the new and popular growing concept of chia water and oatmeal water! Both which are new to the detox game but are proving to be big weight-control options. And do you know there is an orange mint and a chocolate mint and a lavender mint and even a banana mint? Soooo many mints. See this organic grower’s list just for fun.
My prep tips are under methods below, and I hope they are helpful! Happy hydrating on your terms!
INGREDIENTS to Build Your Own Detox Waters
Benefits of Fruits
- Grapefruit – boosts metabolism, strong weight-loss effect
- Apples – fights disease, raises metabolism
- Strawberries – fights disease & high in vitamin C
- Blueberries – supports bones, heart and menopause
- Raspberries – supports skin, bone and organs
- Blackberries – boosts antioxidants, high in vitamin C
- Mango – supports skin, lungs and red blood cells
- Pineapple – supports joints with anti-inflammatories
- Coconut Meat (young thai) – adds potassium, electrolytes, and sweetness
- Oranges – boosts vitamin C & folate
- Lemon – alkalizes, boosts vitamin C
- Lime – supports skin, aids with constipation, adds sweetness
- Cherries – supports sleep & de-stresses
- Kiwi – system purifier
- Honeydew – anti-aging properties
- Cantalope – anti-inflammatories
- Watermelon – prevents water retention
- Passionfruit – adds lovely scent
Benefits of Herbs
- Ginger – supports digestion, reduces appetite
- Sage – supports memory, boosts antioxidants
- Rosemary – boosts vision and memory
- Cinnamon stick – balances sugar, adds scent
- Fennel – calms digestive distress
- Mint – supports digestive tract
- Chamomile – calms nervous system
- Lemon balm – adds citrus scent
- Lavender – floral scent supports calm
- Basil – adds anti-bacterial properties
- Tarragon – boosts mood, high in magnesium
- Dill – supports skin, high in essential minerals
- Thyme – high in vitamin C
Benefits of Veggies
- Spinach – provides vitamn K, supports blood and bones
- Kale – provides vitamins K, C and A
- Cucumber – rehydrates, high in vitamin K
- Bergamot Min, sometimes called “Orange Mint” – tastes and smells like mint orange citrus, unusually helpful with treating headaches and triggering a calm in the nervous system.
- Chia Seeds – adds a wealth of omega-3s, protects the heart, lowers inflammation, boosts the brain
- Rolled Oats (GF) – huge weight control option, staves off hunger, full-fills most of your nutritional needs per meal
A few tips. Green leaves should be cut in strips or hand-massaged to release nutrients, and berries should be squashed, and other fruits finely chopped. Remove rinds on ALL citrus fruits to prevent the water becoming too bitter-tasting.
Refrigerate the water for at least an hour before drinking so it is nutrient-rich.
I find the fruit lasts about 2-3 refills of water, and yes, you can eat the fruit as long as it seems fresh to you! Make a few different flavors to give your self choices throughout the day. And try to drink at least 3 glasses of the infused water daily – at least one before each meal to reduce hunger needs.
Unusual Drinks : Chia Water & Oatmeal Water
Making the Chia Seed water, add 1 tbsp chia seeds per 8 oz chilled water, a flavorful fruit like citrus or strawberries, and drink with straw to be sure to speedily ingest the chia seeds.
Making the Oatmeal water, blend 1 cup rolled oats (I use this gluten-free brand), 1 tsp cinnamon, 24 oz of water. Strain, chill and drink as water. This provides 3 glasses of water, enough to drink one glass before each meal – this provides you with extra-ordinary nutrition and staves off hunger so you will eat less. TIPS: Use the oatmeal residue for smoothies. Some people add 1 tsp of maple syrup to the water, although I personally find the cinnamon flavors it enough. I am still sitting on the fence about this one – I made it and yet my blender is so high powered there was no residue left. Then I added 2 tbsp cacao powder and a date and it was the most delicious chocolate smoothie! But I digress…this was obviously a smoothie, and not oatmeal water. So try oatmeal water, and see what you think. There is an increasingly popular opinion that making pure oatmeal water and drinking it out of the fridge as you would detox water, is an incredibly effective weight control device.