I do not know about you, but starting to drink as much water as I should seems kind of growling. Something that I have learned is that you do not have to drink plain water, there are a number of things that you can add to your water that will not only boost the taste, they will help to flush harmful toxins out of your body. Ingredients like lemon which helps to flush harmful toxins from your body, mint which aids in digestion, cucumber which contains anti-inflammatory properties and ginger which is a natural pain reliever and aids in digestion, are all great options to add to your water. Melon’s, berries, cinnamon, oranges and cayenne pepper are also healthy and beneficial.
Breakfast Ginger Lemon Water: Make this drink first thing in the morning and make sure it’s warm because warm water helps with digestion. Lemons are also rich in vitamins and help with liver cleaning, which aids in weight loss. And ginger is a natural detoxifier that will help kickstart your metabolism first thing in the morning. To make this drink just boil 1 cup of water and add 1 knob of peeled ginger and simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove the ginger and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Let it cool before adding a few slices of cucumber.
Rosemary Grapefruit Water: Grapefruit juice is loaded with vitamin C, which will help detoxify your body and lower your cholesterol. Rosemary will help detoxify the liver, which helps with digestion and increases blood flow. To make it, just boil 1 cup of water and add in 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary needles and 1 tablespoon of honey. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes and then remove the rosemary needles and let it cool slightly. Combine the rosemary mixture with the squeezed juice of 1/2 grapefruit.
Apple Cinnamon Water: Not only does this delicious water not have any calories, it’s great for slimming down and ridding your body of harmful toxins. It also helps to boost your metabolism. You will need a gallon sized pitcher filled with spring water and you can refill the pitcher three or four times using the same apples and cinnamon sticks. You need a thinly sliced apple (whatever your favorite type) and a cinnamon stick. Just add those to your water and cover about ½ of the pitcher with ice before filling with water. It’s best if you let them sit in the fridge for an hour or so before serving. You can add additional apple slices or cinnamon if you prefer a stronger taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar Water: This recipe gives you a detox water that flushes out nasty toxins and really does help you to drop a few pounds, too. It’s got apple cider vinegar which has so many benefits that it’s impossible to list them all. There are also apples which are great for fiber, lemons that have cleansing properties and cinnamon which helps to curb your appetite. You’ll need about 12 ounces of filtered water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and about half a medium apple, sliced. You can also add a bit of sweetener if you want. You simply put everything except the apples into your blender and blend for about ten seconds. Then just add your apples and drink. My friend Tasha swears by apple cider vinegar and she is in great shape, so at least try this water recipe once.
Jillian Michaels Detox Water: This water has dandelion tea which has a great reputation for breaking down fats and removing them (along with harmful toxins) from your body. To make it, you will need about 60 ounces of purified water, 2 tablespoons of diet cranberry juice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a bag of dandelion tea (you’ll need to stew the tea in a cup of water). I have only found this tea on Amazon, but then again, what can’t you find on Amazon?
These are my 5 ways to add a little excitement to water by mixing it up with some fruit. If you do not find any of these options exciting, look at my list at the top and make your own combo. I would love to hear from you about your favorite combo and remember, herbal tea is another way to get your water and have it taste great.