During the pandemic, I left New York City and flew home to California, where I spent several weeks. The time at home allowed me to detox from alcohol, and consequently, de-bloat. Now that I am back in New York City, I’d like to keep that same energy and find a balance between being a hermit crab and seeing friends outside. For that reason, I have decided to do a water detox biweekly to make sure my stomach and gut health stays intact.
Of course, I am aware that detoxes and cleanses aren’t always seen positively. I don’t blame this type of mentality, as most products on the market are full of sugar and involve suffocating strategies in order to be successful. Which is why I chose a water detox, or infused water. A simple vegetable-, fruit- and herb-infused water that will rid your system of all toxins, while simultaneously increasing your metabolism, and supporting your liver.
Why go on a water detox?
Yes, the kidney and liver naturally detox the body, but when your body is properly hydrated, the organs will all work at their optimal level. So drinking more water can only help the body detox. Drinking water will also help flush debris and toxins—like heavy metals, pollutants, and food waste–out of the body.
Detox water has loads of benefits: From the reduction of physical and mental fatigue, replenishing body after exercise, to flushing out toxins and improving mood, metabolism, and weight loss.
How much detox water should I drink? How often should I detox?
In order to reap the benefits, most medical professionals recommend dividing your total body weight in half and drinking that much in detox water. So if you are 180 pounds, you would drink 90 ounces (2.7 liters) of detox water a day.
For an achy stomach
Liver detox: Infused with burdock tincture, a liver function enhancer and turmeric, this is a great anti-inflammatory tea.
- 1 liter of water
- 2 drops of burdock tincture
- 2 tbs fresh turmeric juice
- 3–4 slices of lemon
Pineapple and ginger: Pineapple has bromeliad, the enzyme that helps digestion and reduces bloating. Ginger also helps regulate the body’s blood sugar levels.
- 1 cup cubed pineapple
- 2 tbs fresh ginger
- 4 cups alkaline water
When you need a general detox
Detox tonic: Great to drink daily, this one will improve your mood, skin, digestion, and immunity. Filled with aloe vera, kefir, apple cider vinegar, and probiotic to balance metabolism and boost immune system, ease constipation, and improve digestion.
- 1 lemon
- 4 oz of aloe vera
- 1-2 inches fresh ginger, juiced
- 4 tbs coconut kefir
- 1 1/4 cups alkaline water
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Mary Ruth’s Liquid Probiotic (optional)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 lemon
For intestinal discomfort
Ginger mint water: Ginger reduces gas and intestinal discomfort, stops bad bacteria from getting to the gut, and prevents stomach ulcers. Ginger can also relieve nausea and help manage weight. Not to mention, fresh ginger can prevent against viruses by improving the immune system.
- 1 cucumber, sliced thin
- 2 inches fresh, peeled ginger root
- 2 lemon/lime wedges
- 10–12 fresh mint leaves
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
To kick start your metabolism
Hot and sour: Cayenne pepper will soothe stomach pain, boost metabolism, and benefit cardiovascular health. As an anti-inflammatory, it will also improve circulation and reduce blood pressure. Adding lemon will boost your energy and wake up your senses.
- 1 fresh lemon (just the juice)
- 2–3 dashes of cayenne pepper
- 2 cups of ice
Tulsi tea: Derived from India, the tulsi plant is a natural diuretic and detoxifier promoting healthy liver, kidney, and digestion. It will also promote healthy weight by accelerating fat burning potential.
- 1 cup alkaline water
- 1 bag tulsi tea
- 100% pure stevia (optional)
- Fresh mint (optional)
Green water: The water and electrolytes in cucumbers help reduce water retention (cause of bloating). Mint also helps with digestion and limes have Vitamin C, an anti-aging property.
- Juice of 4 limes
- 2 tbs ginger
- 3 mint leaf stems
- ½ a medium-sized cucumber, sliced thin
- 3 cups ice
In case it went over your head, gut health is extremely important and alcohol is not good for your gut.