Infused Water: The Simple Way to Detox for New Years
Detox has become a buzzword, and it seems everyone is participating in one for New Years. Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxic or unhealthy substances from the body. This can be done by stimulating the body’s waste disposal functions, abstaining from certain foods deemed unhealthy, or a combination of the two. Why is this beneficial? It’s an opportunity to reset which can be particularly valuable after a season of holiday indulgences. Drinking infused water is the simplest way to flush out the body systems and makes detoxing an achievable mission.
Essentially any fruits, vegetables, herbs, and teas can be used to infuse water. Here are ten of the best ingredients to enhance a detoxifying effect.
Apple – contains pectin which clears out food additives and metals from the body
Basil – contains antioxidants which protect the liver and thus keep it running smoothly
Blueberries and Cranberries – block bacteria in the urinary tract allowing it to function properly
Cilantro – pulls mercury and other metals out of the system allowing them to be eliminated (especially good if you have dental fillings)
Dandelion Root – prompts increased bile flow which then carries away waste
Ginger – stimulates digestion which flushes out any build-up of waste or toxins
Lemon – contains enzymes which make toxins water-soluble to be flushed out and high quantities of vitamin C which cleanses the liver
Lemongrass – contains diuretic properties which help the pancreas, kidneys, bladder, and the rest of the digestive tract
Parsley – contains vitamins A, C, and K to protect the kidneys and bladder
Pineapple – contains the enzyme bromelain which digests proteins and cleanses the colon
To make infused water, first wash the components you are going to include, especially if you are leaving the skins on (which is recommended). Next, simply place the ingredients into a suitable container and pour water over top. Allow to sit for anywhere between 4-24 hours, the longer the better. During this time the juices from the fruits, vegetables, etc. leak out into the water along with all the nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. Strain the ingredients from the water to prevent spoiling. When kept refrigerated, infused water will last 3-4 days (if you don’t drink it all first).
Water alone is vital to a healthful body, and by creating infused waters to consume the benefits are amplified further. Have fun experimenting with different combinations to find the tastiest detoxifying drink and enjoy the renewed, balanced way your body feels.
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