If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know just how essential water is to your health. Not getting enough water leaves you feeling sluggish, shaky, and your skin dry as parchment. Doctors recommend 6-8 glasses a day, and reaching this goal will boost energy levels and leave your skin supple and radiant, as well as keeping your vital organs running at their peak.
Water alone is good, but there are things you can add to your water to give your body a boost and help flush unwanted toxins - and they taste amazing!
Here are 20 delicious recipes for detox waters that contain ingredients such as cucumbers, which have anti-inflammatory properties; mint and ginger, which aid digestion (ginger also has pain relieving properties); lemon, which flushes toxins; and cayenne, which ramps up metabolism and gives you energy. Some of the recipes also include yummy ingredients such as melons and raspberries, which have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.
1. Detox Water Master Cleanse
This master cleanse is designed to flush just about every toxin from your body. You have the option to add ingredients like green tea, fiber, or laxatives, but the following ingredients are great at ridding the body of toxins and free radicals in and of themselves.
- 12 ounces of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Dash of sea salt
2. Peppermint Grapefruit Detox
This detox water recipe is great for busting bloat, cleansing the kidneys, improving skin condition and aiding in digestion. Just add all of the ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving over ice. Discard after 24 hours, as the citrus fruit tends to get mushy.
- ½ gallon of purified water
- ½ lemon, sliced
- ½ lime, sliced
- ½ grapefruit, sliced (note: you can also substitute or add oranges)
- 1 cup sliced cucumber with peels
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- Handful fresh peppermint leaves
3. Pineapple Sugar Cane Spa Water
If you like a taste of the tropics, this simple five minute recipe is perfect! Pineapple helps rid the body of free radicals and the sugar cane adds a hint of sweetness to balance the pineapple’s acidity. You’ll feel like you’re at an island spa! Just mix in a pitcher, add ice, and chill for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. It tastes better if you leave it for a while.
- 1-2 liters filtered/purified water
- 2 sticks of sugar cane
- Chunks of fresh pineapple (fresh works best)
4. Jillian Michaels Detox Water
This recipe uses dandelion tea, which is great at breaking down fats and flushing them out along with toxins. (Note: you may experience increased bowel movements with this detox, if taken regularly. That means it’s working!)
- 60 ounces purified water
- 2 tablespoons diet cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Cup steeped dandelion tea
5. Stress Relieving Detox Water
This wonder water relaxes and detoxes at the same time. It contains pineapple, which breaks down harmful enzymes and cleanses the bloodstream. It also contains heart healthy basil, which is an excellent source of magnesium and fights free radicals. Mix together in a pitcher with some ice,allow this recipe to steep in the fridge for at least an hour, and then enjoy!
- Spring or filtered water
- 5 strawberries
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves
6. Blueberry Orange Water
Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and citrus is perfect for flushing toxins. So this easy and refreshing detox water is great for both health and enjoyment.You can muddle the berries or add the juice of an extra orange if you like a stronger flavor. Mix in a pitcher with ice cubes and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow the berries to infuse.
- 6 cups water
- 1 handful fresh blueberries
- 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and cut into chunks
Another healthy detox recipe is a blueberry slushie, they're super easy to make, especially when using an icee machine.
7. Raspberry and Mint Water
Mint aids digestion and raspberries contain antioxidants. Add some water and you have a recipe for a delicious detox water to flush out kidneys, colon, and liver. You can muddle the berries for more flavor and microwave the lime for a few seconds to get the most juice. Combine in a large pitcher and chill.
- ½ gallon spring or purified water
- 2 tablespoons of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
- 1 medium sized lime, sliced
8. Watermelon Detox Water
Watermelon not only contains vitamins and minerals, but also helps to flush your system. Just place in a large pitcher and cover with water. Allow to steep in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
- 2 cups of chunked watermelon (seedless is best)
- 4 cups of water
9. Day Spa Mango Ginger Water
Ginger and mango both boost metabolism, and ginger also has pain relieving properties. Mango also aids digestion and flushes free radicals. Combine your ingredients in a large pitcher and fill the rest of the way with water, then refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.
- 1 inch of ginger root, peeled and sliced into 3 or 4 pieces
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen mango
- 3 cups ice
10. Blackberry Peach Detox Water
Blackberries are full of antioxidants and peaches help cleanse the digestive tract. This recipe is a little more complicated because you will need to make a simple syrup. Once that is done, you can mix in your ingredients and chill. If you want more peachy flavor, add some peach orchard juice.
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- ½ cup of blackberries
- 2 peaches, sliced
11. Slim Down Detox Water
This is a great recipe to flush both fat and toxins from your body. Cucumbers have diuretic properties to help fight water retention, lemons and limes flush toxins from the digestive tract, and grapefruit help burn fat. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours and drink ½ gallon a day for best results.
- ½ gallon of spring water
- ½ of a medium grapefruit, sliced
- ½ a cucumber, sliced
- ½ each of sliced lemon and lime
- Mint leaves
12. Fruity Detox Water
This delicious strawberry and kiwi detox water is perfect for summer.Kiwi contains vitamins A and E help to flush toxins from your colon and free radicals from the body. Strawberries fight carcinogens and have anti-aging properties.
- 2 liters of water
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced
- 2-3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- Mint sprig (optional)
13. Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
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This delicious detox water has no calories, helps to boost metabolism, and flushes toxins. Even better, you can reuse the ingredients several times before needing to replace. Simply refill your pitcher and let sit for an hour in the refrigerator.
- Gallon pitcher of spring or filtered water (½ ice)
- 1 thinly sliced apple of your choice
- 1 cinnamon stick
14. New Year Detox Water
This detox water is a great way to keep your New Year’s resolution to work on a new you! It boosts metabolism to help you burn fat and flushes toxins that are making you feel sluggish. Make a fresh pitcher everyday and you will be well on your way!
- Gallon pitcher spring water
- Handful raspberries
- Grapefruit slices
- Cucumber slices
- Pear slices
- Handful fresh mint
- Optional ingredients: lemon, lime, blueberries, cranberries
15. Strawberry Infused Vitamin Water
This detox water is full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties. It not only hydrates, but helps your skin. Muddle the rosemary and strawberries before adding to the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and enjoy!
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- Couple of sprigs fresh rosemary
- Filtered water
- Dash of coarse salt
16. Fat Burning Detox Water
This detox water is chock full of ingredients that will help flush toxins, curb appetite, and help you drop a few pounds. Just add the ingredients (minus the apple slices) to a blender, then drop in your apples and refrigerate before enjoying.
- 12 ounces filtered water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Half a medium apple, sliced
17. Cucumber Lemon Detox Water
This water is great for boosting the immune system, as well as cleaning out toxins and providing anti-inflammatory elements. Combine these ingredients in a large pitcher and let sit overnight.
- Eight cups water
- Medium cucumber, wedged or sliced
- 1 lemon, wedged or sliced
- 10 mint leaves
18. Aloe Water
Aloe is well known to have wonderful properties, but you may not realize that you can take it internally as well. When taken internally, aloe helps with digestion, circulation, and energy. Split the aloe down the center of the stalk, and scrape off the gel. Blend the aloe gel with the water and lemon juice in a blender for one minute and drink.
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh aloe gel
19. Lemon & Ginger Detox Water
Lemon releases toxins and ginger has pain relieving properties. So drinking this delicious detox water first thing will help to relieve pain all day, as well as flushing out your system. Just add the lemon juice and ginger to your water and enjoy.
- 12 ounces room temperature water
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ inch of fresh ginger root, zested
20. Simple Morning Detox Water
Simplifying your morning routine is important. And what could be simpler than just squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water? Drinking 8 ounces (or more) of lemon water each morning flushes toxins and keeps them from building up in the first place, which helps with energy since toxin buildup makes you feel sluggish. Drink this simple detox water daily to constantly release toxins.