diy detox water

You just crushed a workout and your body is screaming for hydration. You reach for something cold and refreshing; maybe your favorite sports drink or flavored water ~ a healthy choice right?

Depending upon the product you choose, it might contain artificial sweeteners and dyes topped off with high levels of sodium. Mmmmm, mmmm good!

Until recently, Gatorade and Powerade contained a controversial ingredient banned in Japan and the European Union. The ingredient brominated vegetable oil is a synthetic chemical linked to flame retardants.

Although removing BVO from their sports drinks was a step in the right direction for Coca-Cola (Powerade) and PepsiCo (Gatorade), the fact remains that both beverages are high in artificial sweeteners and sodium.

Powerade contains 14 grams (2.8 teaspoons) of high fructose corn syrup and sucralose and 100mg of sodium. Gatorade’s numbers are slightly higher with 14 grams (2.8 teaspoons) of a potent sweetener mix of heavily refined sucrose syrups and glucose-fructose, as well as 110 mg of sodium.

Our bodies depend on water for survival. Proper hydration helps to flush out toxins, aid in weight loss, energize muscles and give you healthy, radiant skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends approximately 13 cups per day for an average male and 9 cups per day for the average female.

One way to jazz up your water and a growing trend is DIY Detox Water. Adding sliced fruits, veggies and herbs to your water not only adds a fresh, delicious flavor, but it also infuses your H20 with vitamins and antioxidants that help flush the impurities out of your system. Now that’s a winning combo!

Directions

Use a clean detox water bottle, pitcher, Mason jar or Voss Water Bottles. VOSS Artesian Water is imported from Norway and can be found at your local pharmacy, Costco and natural grocers.

VOSS comes in both plastic and glass bottles, look for the glass ones (BPA-free). The mouth on the bottle is rather narrow so you will need to chop and slice your ingredients accordingly.

If you are looking for a great fruit infuser water bottle, look no further than the Shano Fruit Infused Water Bottle – BPA Free. I recently ordered one to take with us on a family vaca and ~ LOVE! It’s leak-proof, easy to clean and BPA free!

Fill it up the night before with one of the scrumptious detox water recipes below, and the next morning, you’ll have refreshing, vitamin-infused health water that is travel ready and perfect for the gym, the office or running errands.

6 DIY Detox Water Recipes

1. Cucumber, Lime & Mint

  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ lime
  • 2 – 4 mint leaves

2. Apple, Lemon & Mint

  • ½ apple
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 – 4 mint leaves

3. Strawberry, Orange & Mint

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ orange
  • 2 – 4 mint leaves

4. Raspberry, Lemon & Mint

  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 – 4 mint leaves

5. Strawberry, Apple, Orange & Mint

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup apples
  • ½ orange
  • 2 – 4 mint leaves

6. Blueberry Basil

  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 – 4 basil leaves

Preparation

Wash fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Slice or chop fruits and vegetables (leave the skin on), use whole, fresh herb leaves. Add ingredients to pitcher or water bottle.

Add filtered water. Refrigerate overnight to allow water to soak up the flavors and goodness of your healthy ingredients.

In the morning, prepare yourself for a sensory explosion of gorgeousness. Your DIY detox water will not only be refreshing, delicious and nutritious, but it will also taste and smell AMAZING!

Now, this is “sports water” you can drink without guilt… all day long!

The Scoop on the Ingredients

  • Strawberries. Berries are packed with antioxidants, boost brain function and can repair aging skin.
  • Cucumbers. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, soothe and soften skin, are hydrating and jam-packed with vitamins A, B, and C.
  • Lemons. Lemons aid in mental clarity, can clear up acne and are immune-booster. Also a rich source of nutrients, potassium, vitamin C and A.
  • Limes. A high in calcium and can combat aging skin. Limes have detox properties and may lower cholesterol and help reduce belly fat!
  • Basil. Basil has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, fights against free radicals and protects the heart.
  • Apples. Apples help to regulate blood sugar, are a heart-healthy choice and contain Vitamin C.

So give your health and body a boost by drinking the DIY detox water. The recipes are easy to make and your body will thank you for it!

Cheers to your health.

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