Infused Waters as a Detox
Infusing your water with fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs can be great to add some flavor to your water so it isn’t boring and tasteless, but there are also detox benefits with the foods you choose to infuse your water with. When you add these to your water, the nutrients and flavor will be infused which contains anti-aging properties and will also help with removing toxins from your body. There are many variations of ingredients you can use. This website will give you some combinations of fruits and vegetables you can use in your water.
When you make these infused waters you will first add the fruit and/or vegetables in a glass pitcher or Mason jar then use a spoon to slightly mash and breakdown the fruit and/or vegetables (this will help release the nutrients). If you are using a fruit that has skin you can peel it off before to avoid a bitter taste. Next you will take the herb or spice of choice and gently bruise the leaf which will help release the natural extracts and oils. Last, you will add either filtered water or sparkling water. It is best to let it sit over night to give the nutrients time to be infused with the water. You can keep it refrigerated in an air tight container for up to a week. Here are some foods you can use to make detox waters on phase 1:
Citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, key lime, lime, orange, tangerine
Berries: strawberries, blueberries, cherries
Other fruits: apples, grapes, plums, peaches, pears
Vegetables: cucumber, carrots, celery, peppers (hot or sweet)
Herbs: mint, sage, rosemary, basil, cilantro, thyme, stevia, lavender
Spices: ginger, ginger root, cinnamon stick (ground cinnamon will float), black pepper
Other foods you can use on phase 2 include tropical fruits and melons such as pomegranate, mango, pineapple, banana, kiwi, starfuit, nectarine, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon. You can also use raspberries and blackberries.
All these foods contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will aid in your overall health and help with removing toxins from the body. Here are some detox benefits in some of these foods:
Lemons clean your bowels, and neutralize free radicals that cause aging. They also contain 22 anti-cancer properties and are full of Vitamin C. They help stimulate and regulate the digestive track, stimulate bile production, and thin out bile, which allows it to flow more freely.
Mint leaves help improve digestion, gets rid of stomach cramps, and stimulates the digestion of fat. They also contain enzymes that could prevent cancer.
Cucumbers are full of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K and potassium. These are all great for detoxing because they prevent water retention and have anti- inflammatory properties. They also rejuvenate you through energy-boosting vitamin B and contain a lot of fiber which aids in removing toxins from the body, as well as aiding digestion.
Strawberries help fight carcinogens and contain anti-aging properties such as biotin and the antioxidant ellagic acid, which helps prevent sagging skin.
Ginger root has anti-inflammatory compounds and aids in digestion. Click here to read about the benefits of other spices.
Kiwis are packed with vitamin A and E which help prevent free radicals as well as certain types of cancer. Kiwis also help flush out toxins from the colon, which improves your overall health.
Watermelons contain citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve liver function by filtering and getting rid of ammonia, which can damage cells.
Any of the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices listed above are great for infused waters. There are so many combinations you can try to get a different flavor. If you are on phase 1 of the Amino Diet, remember to only use foods that are on the approved foods list. This website will give you more ideas for detoxing.
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Authored by Viv