Staying hydrated is vital for good digestion. It promotes regular bowel movements and helps flush harmful toxins out of the body. While this can be accomplished by drinking regular water, did you know that by adding a few ingredients to your H2O you can transform drinking water into detox water and up the benefits? Detoxing helps the body to rid itself of any excess waste it’s been storing.
Our bodies are detoxifying machines. The liver, colon and kidneys filter and help remove impurities and waste, but some people seek out aids in helping the process along, especially when they’re feeling sick bloated or low energy.
Detox is a broad term for ridding the body of excess toxins and can include drinking special teas, to only eating raw foods, and can last anywhere from hours to a few days or weeks. While extremely restrictive diets are not healthy nor recommended by any health professional, to some, a short-term detox program can help them feel better, sooner. For the more relaxed detoxer, “detoxing” can simply mean making an effort to consume clean-eating foods and ingredients that aid your body’s digestive process.
Here are 8 healthy ingredients to add in your water for detox purposes:
1. Lime, Lemon Or Other Citrus
Citrus fruits, like limes, lemons, and oranges, contain flavonoids that stimulate the immune system and help to protect against harmful bacteria while helping to reduce cholesterol levels. Citrus is thought to help flush out toxins from your digestive tract, as well as remove uric acid from your joints, one of the leading causes of inflammation. Additionally, citrus helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas and bloating, but a lot of these helpful nutrients are found in the peel, so keep the skin on not to miss out.
Rich in antioxidants, cucumbers add a mild and refreshing flavor to your water, but they also have an anti-inflammatory flavonol called “fisentin,” which studies have shown to help improve brain health. Cucumbers are a diuretic, meaning they prevent water retention by increasing urination to flush your system really, and they’re also a great source of vitamin B, potassium and magnesium and have even been known to fight cancer. They also contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called “fisetin” which studies have shown to help improve brain health.
Watermelon is low in calories and helps hydrate the body. It fights inflammation and free radical damage while providing vitamin A and vitamin B, both known for having anti-aging properties.
Watermelon contains a high amount of lycopene, a particular type of carotenoid that is responsible for giving watermelon its deep red or pink color and serves as a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that lycopene plays a role in the prevention of chronic diseases and may prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Watermelon also provides potassium and magnesium, which are essential for detoxification and managing blood flow and hydration levels in the body.
A popular digestion aid, ginger cleanses the colon, liver and other organs, and improves circulation to help prevent blood clots. Ginger has a high concentration of gingerol and shoga, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects on the gastrointestinal system. This helps digestive enzymes flourish, neutralizing acids. So, ginger has a soothing effect for those suffering from gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is almost a detoxing cliche, but there’s a reason so many people use it. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to help cleanse the digestive system, both due to its acidic nature, and the fact that it contains enzymes that encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which is essential for proper digestion. Apple cider vinegar will even help replace some of the intestinal flora that can be lost by eating unhealthy, processed foods. Made from apples, apple cider vinegar provides the same benefits of the fruit, including B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper has many different components including antioxidants and antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just sprinkle some cayenne pepper into your morning water or add some to a smoothie.
Raspberries contain ketones, natural chemicals that are thought to help you lose weight fast. Studies have shown that raspberry ketones help to prevent the high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body weight as well as the weight of the liver and visceral adipose tissues. Whether or not ketones aid human weight loss is still up for debate, but raspberries are also high in vitamin C and B vitamins. They promote skin healthy and naturally slow aging.
8. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has laxative and anti-inflammatory properties that help digestion, normalize pH balance, lessen yeast formation and encourage digestive bacteria. The enzymes present in aloe vera help to break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body. This allows the cells to function properly, and it boosts the immune system. Add aloe vera to detox drinks to reduce inflammation, aid digestion and promote skin health.
Detoxifying is a healthy way of releasing the harmful toxins into the body. Infusing fruits to our daily water intake will not only help us detoxify the body but also keep us healthy and away from illnesses. In this post, I shared with you 8 healthy ingredients to add in your water for detox purposes.
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