How to make detox water recipes for weight loss and wellness. This detox water guide provides a complete list of veggies and fruit to use to build nutritional and refreshing detox waters.
Learn how to make detox water, a refreshing glass of fruit infused water that helps support many body processes and are easy and inexpensive to make. And it's not just fruit. In this post I share a variety of options - fruits, vegetables and herbs - to add to water to create various detox drinks and enjoy staying hydrated.
The ingredients vary in nutritional strength which is also detailed in this guide. You might want to print it out or take a phone screenshot so you know what infused water ingredients to buy at the grocery store.
Why You'll Want Detox Water
What it is. Detox water is any combo of fruits, veggies and herbs immersed in water and steeped in cold for at least 4 hours.
Why it's good for you. The resulting water is full of flavor and nutrients, and makes it very easy to consume enough water to meet your body's needs, providing essential hydration and giving you nutrients you need and can only get from fruits and veggies in water.
So many far-reaching benefits. Detox waters, or infused waters, have been proven to help control weight, stave off hunger, boost nutrients, and help support memory, brain function, energy, immunity and more! [source]
1.A glass and spoon
2.Pitcher. Use an ordinary pitcher or one with a lid, or even a fancy infused water pitcher with a built-in strainer which allows you to pour off the water, leaving the fruits and vegetables behind.
Here is a list of fruits to add to your infused water, and their benefits:
Grapefruit - boosts metabolism, strong weight-loss effect
Apples - fights disease, raises metabolism
Cherries - pitted and sliced add traces of sleep-supporting melatonin
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 - boost 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, and anti-oxidants
You can also add an herb to your glass.
Fresh herbs offer many benefits. You can add ground or powdered herbs, but fresh it more fragrant. Here is a list:
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
Vegetables and their Benefits
Spinach - provides vitamn K, supports blood and bones
Kale - provides vitamins K , C and A
Cucumber - rehydrates, high in vitamin K
Steps to Make
Step 1. Slice ingredients, choose 2-3 fruits or vegetables to add to a glass.
Step 2. Fill the glass with water and set it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 45 minutes. If chilling it overnight, cover it with a bit of wrap or put it in a jar to avoid the drink absorbing other refrigerator odors.
Step 3. Garnish with parsley or mint, add more ice if needed, and enjoy!
To make a pitcher of infused water, the steps are the same only multiply the number of fruits and vegetables to match how many cups of water your pitcher holds.
1. Drink the infused water within two days.
2. Keep the drink covered in the refrigerator so other scents don't influence your water flavors.
3. You can refill the jug with more fresh fruits over the course of 24 hours, but be sure to use the same fruits so you don't muddle the flavor.
4. Add detox water to ice cubes with chunks of veggies and fruit into ice cubes, and add those cubes occasionally to glasses of water.
5. Green leaves should be cut in strips or hand-massaged to release nutrients, and berries should be squashed, and other fruits finely chopped.
When to Drink
Drinking detox water through out the day is best for proper hydration, but some fruits and veggies require specific timing.
Drink citrus in the morning. For instance, citrus fruits add vitamin C to the water which is a stimulant so you want to drink that early in the day.
Drink cherries at night. But cherries add traces of melotonin to the water and that supports sleep so this is a perfect bedtime drink. To add cherries to your detox water, add them pitted and without the stem.
Is Detox Water Good for Weight Loss?
Yes! According to Healthline, detox water can temporarily raise your metabolic rate so you burn more calories. Drinking two cups can boost your metabolism by one third within one hour!
Which Detox Water is Best for Weight Loss
The best detox water best in weight loss is one involving lemon. I have several flavors below for you to choose from, or try my lemon ginger shot blender recipe if want a powerful boost. Cucumber, apple and grapefruit are next best.
What Can I Use for Detox Water?
Try my ingredient lists below to build your own detox water! Better then buying it because you know the ingredients.
How Does Detox Water Reduce Belly Fat?
Belly fat is stubborn, but lemon detox waters are a strong soldier against it, again boosting that metabolism so you burn off. Lemons also clean out your digestive system via citric acid and a healthy digestion and a strong opponent against belly fat too.
Try my fruit and veggie lists to build your own detox waters. And that's not all. How about some unusual detox waters?
How to Make Chia Water & Oatmeal Water
Did you hear? There is now such a thing as chia water and oatmeal water!
Both are new to the detox game but are proving to be big weight-control options. I provide you with both recipes below! Basically you just blend each with water and strain.
And do you know there is an orange mint (plant) and a chocolate mint (plant) and a lavender mint (plant) and even a banana mint (plant)? Soooo many mints. See this organic grower's list just for fun.
Can You Make Detox Water From Sparkling Water?
Yes! There is extra sparkle in sparkling infused water.
So check out my sparkling water infused guide here. Sparkling water takes infused water to a whole other level. Start with making home made sparkling water using this awesome sparkling water machine or water carbonator.
Unusual Detox Waters
Bergamot Mint, sometimes called "Orange Mint" - tastes and smells like mint orange citrus unusually helpful with treating headaches and triggering a calm in the nervous system. Use the fresh herb, although ground bergamot mint works as well for flavor, however it will make your water cloudy.
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
My overall recipe details and detox prep tips are below! Happy hydrating on your terms!
Other Detox Drinks
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice
- Fruit Infused Water
- Ginger Shots
- Turmeric Shots
- Lime Juice
- 5 Wellness Shots
- Pear Homemade Lemonade
- Dragon Fruit Drink
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Detox Water Recipes
- 12 ounces cold water
Fruits to add - Choose One
- 1 Grapefruit
- 1 Apples
- 1 Cherries
- 1 Strawberries
- 1 Blueberries
- 1 Raspberries
- 1 Blackberries
- 1 Mango
- 1 Pineapple
- 1 Coconut Meat
- 1 Oranges
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 1 Cherries
- 1 Kiwi
- 1 Honeydew
- 1 Cantalope
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 Passionfruit
Herbs to add - Choose One
- 1 Ginger
- 1 Sage
- 1 Rosemary
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 Fennel
- 1 Mint
- 1 Chamomile
- 1 Lemon balm
- 1 Lavender
- 1 Basil
- 1 Tarragon
- 1 Dill
- 1 Thyme
Vegetables to Add - Choose One
- 1 Spinach
- 1 Kale
- 1 Cucumber
Make an Unusual Infused Water
- 1 Bergamot Mint, sometimes called "Orange Mint"
- 1 Chia Seeds
- 1 Rolled Oats GF
Create Custom Detox Water
- Combine plain or sparkling water, 1 fruit choice, 1 veggies choice, and a few leaves or stem of an herb, and ice, then hand stir or muddle. Regarding amounts, I general do 1 part fruit/veggie to 4 parts water, but it's your choice.
- Green leaves should be cut in strips or hand-massaged to release nutrients, and berries should be squashed, and other fruits finely chopped.
- 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. PRO-tip: Try to drink at least 3 glasses of the infused water daily - at least one before each meal to reduce hunger needs.
Make Chia Water and/or Oatmeal Water
To Make Chia Seed water
- Add 1 tablespoon 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. Pro-TIP: An unusual replacement is basil seeds. Use as you would chia seeds. They provide nearly identical nutrition.
To Make Oatmeal Water
- Blend 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats, 1 teaspoon 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.
- Pro-TIP: Use the oatmeal residue for smoothies.
Store Detox Water
- Each water lasts about 3 days in the refrigerator, refill each night. Eat the fruit or veggies if you want at the end unless they seem spent.
love this useful infused water guide
Thank you so much for this. I just did a three day green cleanse and want to continue being thoughtful to my body. This infused water is great!!
That is so wonderful, so happy to help Elyse.
Nisha / @rainbowplantlife
This is so helpful! Going to keep a screenshot of this in my phone 🙂 I love all the benefits you provide for each ingredient. Thanks for this guide, Dee!
You are welcome, Nisha. Happy week, best Dee xx
Thisbis very informative, Dee! Thanks so much.
Hi Sylph!! Thank you so much, Dee xx.
Love how you share the benefits for everything! Very insightful!
So happy you like the list Jess! Dee xx.