Detox Water

Thirsty Thursday

 New Year Detox

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Thirsty Thursday will typically consist of an alcohol beverage recipe, but this week I thought since we are all starting fresh with the New Year; why not start with detox water. Trust me your liver will thank you!

Detox water is delicious, simple to make and has a lot health benefits. I recommend drinking it the moment you start your day, even before your coffee!

Hydration is a main component to good health. I never drink water, but this year I am determined to change that!

Detox water is mainly used to flush your system from toxins.   Detox water recipes can vary, customizing to ones particular needs and taste. I went with the easier and less complicated version, that is still very beneficial, it also happens to be the one they serve at most day spas and salons.

Ingredients:

½ Cucumber

1 Lemons

1 Limes

Water

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It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Slice ingredients

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Place them in a pitcher

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And Add water!

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For best results, place in refrigerator over night and have the first the glass in the morning.

When empty, replenish pitcher with more water, I don’t recommend doing this more than three times.  Three refills is about all you can do, without the ingredients going bad, you can taste the difference between each pitcher refill and can use your best judgment.

Health Benefits-

Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin B. Cucumbers rehydrate your body and replenish daily vitamins. These veggies are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C.  Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.  The phytochemcials in cucumbers will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangovers and headaches.

Cucumbers are great for digestion; the high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system.

They are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, foliate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Lemons and Limes:

Lemons and limes contain compounds called limonins, which research shows can help to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lungs, breast and stomach. They have antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Both contain vitamin C.

Lemons and limes contain no fat and no cholesterol.  They are very high in vitamin C which helps to strengthen your immune system. These sour fruits are alkalizing for the body, helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.

These are just a few benefits. I recommend researching more in depth.

None the less, drinking water is sometimes hard and it is so easily forgotten how important it is. Two tips i can share with you to make it easier, flavor your water naturally, like above, and find something really cute to drink out of!

I hope you found this inspiring and I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!

Cheers!

xoxo Alisha

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