Detox Water Diet: Detox Water Recipe with Essential Oils
It’s a new year–in fact, a new decade! That makes it the perfect time to start fresh.
If you’ve been feeling tired, sluggish, and worn down, like you don’t have enough energy and you’d like to shed a little weight, it might be time to hit that reset button. One of the best ways to do that?
A detox water diet!
This detox water diet can help you feel healthier, maintain your weight, and stay energized. It’s great to do at the beginning of the new year, and also regularly throughout the year.
Keep reading to find out more–like what a detox water diet is, why you should (or shouldn’t) do one, and what my favorite water detox recipe is.
Water as Detox
A detox water diet involves drinking only water for a specific amount of time. Water fasting has been done for centuries, whether for health, religious, or ethical reasons. Today, fasting is having a kind of “renaissance.” Fasting and detox cleanses seem to be everywhere!
But why is that?
Fasting proponents have long said that intermittent fasting (or detox water diets) helps them reduce their cravings for unhealthy foods, lose excess weight, and rest their digestive system, liver, and kidneys–not to mention feel lighter and more energized, with better moods! Now, a number of studies have backed up many of the word-of-mouth benefits with data. Promising research looking at fasting has shown evidence of:
- Weight loss
- Lowered blood pressure
- Lowered insulin levels and insulin sensitivity
- Decreased appetite
If you are thinking of a water fast, read on! We’ll talk about how and when to do it!
How to Do a Detox Water Diet
First, it’s important to note that some people should not do a detox water diet. If you have diabetes or a kidney condition, are pregnant or nursing, or have another health condition that would be negatively impacted by fasting, do not do a water detox diet. (If you are unsure, check with your doctor!)
Ok, now that you know whether or not a detox water diet is right for you, let’s talk about how to do it.
The way that you do a water cleanse or fast depends on your lifestyle and needs! Some people do a total detox water diet for 1-2 days as a quick reboot. Other people incorporate this weight loss detox water into an intermittent fasting lifestyle (where they eat only at certain times of the day or certain days of the week, and drink water the rest of the time). Still others use this weight loss detox water as a healthier replacement for calorie and sugar-heavy drinks.
If you’re looking for a quick reboot, I personally recommend doing a water detox diet for no more than three days. (Too long of a detox can cause fatigue or light-headedness and should only be done under the supervision of a doctor.)
How to Make the Detox Water Recipe
Of course, you can do a water detox with, well, just water, but this is my favorite detox water recipe, for a few reasons:
- It’s easy to make, with few ingredients
- It’s just more satisfying than drinking plain ‘ol water
- It’s much more inexpensive than other water or juice cleanses you can find out there
Here’s why we include each ingredient:
- Water: filling, hydrating, and helps to aids in digestion
- Ginger: may help to balance blood sugar and promote weight loss
- Peppermint: helps to soothe the stomach and may improve concentration
- Grapefruit: may help to aid in liver function and reduce cholesterol
Note: If you’re looking for a weight loss detox water without essential oils–plus more weight loss tips–be sure to check out this recipe.
Ready to make the recipe? Let’s get started!
1. Slice the lemon, lime and ginger thin.
2. Add slices to your pitcher along with the mint.
3. Fill with purified water, leaving a few inches at the top.
4. Add essential oils and stir well.
5. Let it steep in the fridge for at least an hour.
1. Drink. 🙂
2. I keep adding water for a few days until the fruit and ginger need a refresh.
That’s it! Simple, right?
I’d love to hear how a detox water diet has worked for you. Also, feel free to leave any healthy living tips down in the comments below!