It is well recognized that we should be drinking eight glasses of water per day. But what if, like me, you find water bland, tasteless, and tough to choke down?
Drinking water is key to flushing your system of toxins and restoring good gut flora.
Even if you enjoy water, adding a few simple ingredients found at any supermarket can kick your water up a notch and enhance its health benefits.
If you are on a weight loss journey, increasing your water intake is the best place to start that process.
This recipe is naturally sweetened with pineapple, slightly spicy with cayenne and ginger, and will definitely leave you wanting more.
What Does Detox Water Do?
This detox water benefits digestion, helps balance hormones, and regulates the metabolism with its carefully crafted fresh ingredients.
Drinking detox water for skin health can help clear problematic complexions and help restore youthful elasticity.
Additionally, detox water can aid in removing toxins, enhancing weight loss efforts, improving mood, and enhancing energy levels.
It also helps prevent dehydration, which can have an adverse effect on your concentration, mood and energy levels, by improving water absorption and retention.
Is Detox Water Good for Weight Loss?
This detox water is a great weapon to use in a weight loss battle.
Drinking more water in general is the best place to start when looking to shed a few pounds, but detox water will take you even further. It helps to flush the body and leaves you feeling full, thereby reducing your need to consume senseless calories.
If you feel hungry even though you have recently eaten, try drinking some detox water. Dehydration can often make you feel hungry when really you are thirsty.
By adding a few simple ingredients, this detox water recipe can give you an extra weight loss boost.
Lemon helps flush the digestive system, provide an alkalizing effect, and gives the liver a good jump start.
It can enhance digestion, support the immune system, and help improve mood imbalances.
Apple cider vinegar offers a probiotic effect and helps restore the good bacteria in the gut and maintain stable blood sugar levels. There are also reports that claim you can use apple cider vinegar for hot flashes. Or, you can combine ACV and lemon juice for a refreshing detox/weight loss drink.
Cayenne pepper stimulates digestion, heals the gut, improves circulation, and supports weight loss. Pineapple will help give this detox water a touch of sweetness, leaving you wanting more while supporting digestion and reducing inflammation.
How to Make Detox Water for Weight Loss
Detox water is made by infusing water with the ingredients to reap the benefits, rather than juicing or blending, which include the whole ingredient.
As a result, detox water contains very few calories and helps avoid the sugar spike that can come with juices or smoothies.
Crushing the ingredients (like the pineapple and the lemon) help to bring out the properties and flavors of the fruit. As the blend rests in your fridge the water continues to mix with the flavors and nutrients added to the drink, so it will be just as tasty the when you finish the pitcher as when you started it.
Looking for other drinks that help the detox process? Try this Liver Cleanse Smoothie, this Tea for Liver Detox or this Liver Detox Juice .
Also check out my Oatmeal Smoothie for Weight Loss.
If you try any one of these don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @theawesomegreen so I can see them and share with the community!
Detox Water Recipe for Weight Loss
- 4 cups still water
- 4 fresh pineapple slices
- 1 lemon cut into slices
- 1 inch ginger piece, cut into slices
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Add all the ingredients into a pitcher, mix to combine and refrigerate overnight.
- Strain and serve on an empty stomach or in between meals.
Made this yesterday and it was soooo refreshing! Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely use it all Summer.
Yay, happy you like it!
Sure wish I would’ve seen this recipe earlier. I’m sure you’re aware, there are countless variations. I wonder why some Call for honey and how that would be beneficial. Any ideas? I didn’t read anything about how this helped you. I’ve only been drinking it before meals for a few days, and I love it.
I would add honey for its digestive boosting enzymes, but it’s not mandatory.
Lisana Munoz says
How long should I drink this? 2 weeks? Everyday?
You can have it daily, any time you feel like giving your metabolism a quick boost. See how you feel and if your stomach tolerates the ingredients, you can drink it for up to two weeks.
Hi Ana, just stumbled on to your website. Love everything I see here and cannot wait to try your recipes out. For the detox water, is there any substitute for the pineapple. I think I am allergic to it. Thanks!
Thank you so much! You can use sliced green apple or kiwi instead of pineapple.
Do you blend the ginger with the Pineapple? Reason I asked if I did and it taste real bad
No, just let them infuse in the water.
Nandini Roy says
Thanks for this refreshing “Detox Water Recipe for Weight Loss”. I will definitely bookmark your website for recipes. Thanks in advance!
Happy you like it!
What can I use in replacement of cayenne?
You can add one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, or simply skip it.
I made the recipe for myself how much should I drink in a serving per day?
You can drink 2-3 cups a day, if you tolerate well the cayenne. If not, you can simply skip it and drink the water any time you feel thirsty.
I’m going to try this recipe out with some honey and salt.
Sounds really great, with a boost of enzymes and electrolytes.
Selina Hira says
I came across your wonderful site after searching for detox information. After reading through your material I am keen to follow your recipes for detoxing & following a simple & healthy eating plan for life. I have had high blood pressure issues for a number of years. Thank you!
Hi Selina, great to read you decided to make diet changes and I hope my recipes will inspire and help you feel better!
Joselyn Moronta says
Hi – quick question. I made this detox and drank the water (which by the way was really good – Thanks!). I was wondering if I would be able to re-use the pineapples, lemon and ginger and just add more water, cayenne pepper and ACV? It seems like a waste to throw away the fruits & ginger after only one use.
Sure, you can use them by refilling the jug until the flavours fade, usually after 3-4 days. Just add a slightly less ACV with each refill.
Hey Anna so how many lemon slices, the whole lemon & should I just put the ingredients in the water or how should you put it in?
You can slice the lemon as you like, I prefer thinner slices for a more intense taste. You put all the ingredients into a pitcher, cover with water, mix, let infuse then drink. You can refill will water one more time, after that they will loose most of their flavour.
Hi anna… How long do you recommend the detox drink for ans how many pitchers a day? also what kind of food wouls you eat whiel detoxing with this drink?