Yummy detox & infused water

Photographed by Madison Jones

 

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Photographed by Madison Jones Cucumbers, mint, lemon, and lime

Here’s the thing, there’s a good chance most people already have an idea of what I’m about to talk about. This is true if anyone has ever owned a Pinterest or a Tumblr. It is likely, for anyone with an Instagram to  have seen someone else post an aesthetic picture of their herb and fruit infused water. Cool. I am now giving you the opportunity to become that person if you want to. Do whatever pleases you, it’s your life, you know? This post is for people who want to detox, look good, and/or don’t really like drinking plain water. Since drinking water is important, might as well make it enjoyable to drink throughout the day, right? Not all herb and fruit infused drinks work as strong as the others when it comes to detoxing. The way I see it is, some are more for detox, the others are to keep you looking goooood. Heyyyy.

Here’s the thing, water is fucking good for you. Water really helps people flush out toxins. You know, the stuff that makes you feel uneasy(not healthy). Other benefits from drinking infused water include helping people maintain a positive mood, help the body to destroy fat, and aids the digestive system. If it makes any of you non-water drinkers feel better, there’s plenty of you who need a support group for drinking water. There is actual science behind the reason as to why your body needs water. Don’t forget the fact that the human body is basically made up of like… I don’t know… like 65% of water. Enough water in the system also equals better skin and less acne. So, if you don’t like plain water, add things that will make it much enjoyable to drink. Problem solved.

Once I began detoxing, I got so bored with my food and drinks, all I could think about was quitting. Sure enough, I talked to my holistic doctor and did my own research on the side. Eventually, I actually started enjoying my detox. Not only that, I saw the improvement it made on my skin and overall health. Plus, it was so refreshing that I could enjoy drinking water on top of cleaning my system.

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Photographed by Madison Jones Strawberries, cucumbers, mint, lemon, and lime

Tips on buying: So, herbs and fruits, let’s talk about them. Below I typed a list, but please keep reading before looking at that list. Only use fruits that are in season. Why? This is because fruits that are out of season tend to be pricier. But, the most important part, out of season usually means it’s not organic. Organic is best. Trust me! Ever tried small organic strawberries vs big booty fake ass Kim Kardashian strawberries? Um, no thanks. Close your eyes and really listen to you taste buds. They deserve the best of the best in this ugly world. Treat them with respect and they’ll show you how to fall in love with the right food. If you don’t believe me, I double dare you to go out and try it.


Below is a list of detox waters. Next to them I put why people use them the most for, but can be used even if that’s not the purpose. Basically, the strongest detox drinks are anything that have cucumbers, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or apple involved. 

List of detox infused water drinks:

  • Lime + Lemon + Mint + Cucumbers (Candida/Yeast Infections)
  • Strawberries + Mint + Lime + Lemon + Cucumbers (Stress control)
  • Watermelon + Mint (Cleans digestive system)
  • Grapefruit + Rosemary (Candida/Yeast Infections)
  • Grapefruit + Lime + Lemon + Mint + Cucumber (Body cleanse)
  • Strawberries + Lemon + Apple +Mint + Cinnamon sticks (Craving control)
  • Pears + Grapefruit + Cucumbers + Mint + Lime + Lemon + Cranberry (Body cleanse)
  • Lavender + Apple (Cleans digestive system/Relaxes)
  • Apple + Cinnamon Sticks + Dash of Ginger (Craving control/Cleans digestive system)

List of fruits & herbs infused water drinks:

  • Kiwi + Blueberry + Mint
  • Blood orange + Mint
  • Orange + Cucumber + Mint
  • Blackberry + Sage
  • Blueberry + Lavender + Mint
  • Mango + Berries + Lemon
  • Blueberry + Lime + Cilantro
  • Raspberry + Rose Petals
  • Pineapple + Mint + Ginger
  • Grape + Lemon + Parsley
  • Orange + Cinnamon + Ginger
  • Peach + Sage
  • Honeydew + Basil
  • Peach + Chamomile
  • Peach + Lavender
  • Ginger + Pear + Cinnamon + Vanilla bean
  • Cucumber + Strawberry + Thyme

Here’s another website with more recipes: Click here.


How to use: So, here’s what’s so cool about these instructions. There are none! Use as much of anything or use less of this and that. The more there is of anything specific, the more flavor. Subtracting and adding is totally up to you. But, when it comes to lemon, lime, grapefruit or anything on the acidic side I always use less. It all really depends on how much you are making. I prefer using mason jars to brew, then transfer it to whatever if I’m on the go. It’s really easy to prepare, just grab fruits and herbs of choice, put them inside the container, use filtered water, and stick it in the refrigerator overnight.

Tips: I’ll tell you a secret, there’s like a million different combinations of fruits and herbs infused detox drinks out there. Never be afraid to experiment on your own as long as you know there’s a balance of tastes going on. Any fruit that can be thought of can be used. There is no fail, but if the water is too acidic for you, just add more water. Before I put my infused water in the refrigerator, I like to leave it out in a sunny area for 2-3 hours so the sun can naturally brew it. After that, I just stick it in the refrigerator from about 4 hours to overnight. So refreshing to drink when it’s cold. Yes, you can add honey as a sweetener, but only to the non-detox drinks. Some people like to use coconut water or sparkling water. As for using lavender or similar messy ingredients, just use a coffee filter and yarn to wrap it up inside.

For sparkling water: Sparkling water is a bit tricky because the sparkling water only last for at least a day. So, there are two ways to doing this. One, put the fruits and herbs to brew for 3 hours. Bam, it’s ready. Or two, put the fruits and herbs in the container, add a little bit of water. Then brew. After the water has brewed overnight, add as much sparkling water as you want the next day. This way the water soaks up all of the nutrients from the fruits and herbs.

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