If you asked us what the most essential nutrient for life was, we’d probably say ice cream. Or maybe chocolate? Oooh, we know, chocolate ice cream!
OK, but despite the fact that most of the time, chocolate ice cream is probably the only thing that keeps us going, there is one scientifically proven substance that is absolutely necessary for almost all life: water. Plants need it, and animals need it; so do you. Doctors say we’re supposed to drink six to eight glasses of water a day, but let’s be honest, the tasteless drink can get a bland. So why not amp your daily water intake up a level? By adding different fruits and vegetables into your glass, you can not only make your water a little sweeter, but you can also add a bunch of extra nutrients to help flush your body of toxins. Here are a few delicious ingredients to try next time you’re feeling thirsty. Just chop or slice them into water-bottle-friendly pieces and throw them into your water — feel free to try any combination you want — adjusting the amount of water-to-mix-in ratio for your taste. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, then grab and go!
Cucumbers: They prevent water retention and are anti-inflammatory and hydrating.
Lemons/limes: They flush out toxins from your digestive system and have restorative properties for hair, skin and nails.
Oranges: They stimulate the immune system and aid in healthy blood circulation.
Mint: It helps with digestion and soothes stomach cramps.
Grapefruit: It is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, helps your liver flush carcinogens and burns fat.
Kiwis: They contain vitamins A and E, which help flush out toxins
Strawberries: They contain antioxidants, are great for your skin and fight carcinogens.
Apples: They are a source of fiber and help maintain bone and tissue health.
Cinnamon: It boosts the metabolism and stimulates organs to cleanse themselves.
Aloe: It helps circulation and digestion and increases energy.
Ginger: It’s a natural pain reliever and boosts your immune system.
If you’re totally at a loss as to where to start, we’d recommend just squeezing some lemon juice into your water. Not only does this actually already have huge benefits, but it can also give you a base to start from before you start experimenting with more adventurous flavors. Happy detoxing!
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