Lemon, Cucumber & Mint “Detox” Water

2014-02-23
  • Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 6:0 h

We all know that we should drink more water to keep healthy and our skin looking good, but.. water can be so BORING. If you’ve read my ‘Healthy Food Shopping List’ then you’ll know that I am (or was) partial to using no added sugar squash to flavour my water, however there is a more natural alternative.. and this is it :) .

 

I use the term detox water lightly, as your body (liver) naturally detoxifies itself on a daily basis, with fluids helping to flush out waste products, keeping your digestive system healthy.

 

Ideally we should drink at least eight 200ml glasses of fluid a day, however if you’re more active or live in a hot climate then you may need more. If you’ve read my blog post about hydration then you’ll know that tea and coffee do count towards your daily fluid intake and the easiest way to tell if you’re drinking enough is to check the colour of your urine; if it’s pale straw then you’re drinking enough (any darker then you need to drink more!).

 

So, if you want to add a natural ‘zing’ to your water (to help you drink more & ‘flush out’ your body!) and reduce the amount of ‘empty calories’ you may be consuming from fizzy and other sweetened drinks, read on for my favourite water infused flavour combination!

 

.. And if you like this recipe then do check out my Cleansing Cucumber Limeade too!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • few sprigs of mint
  • water

Lemons are a natural cleanser and are great for digestion, cucumbers help to enhance hydration and the mint adds a lovely refreshing flavour!

 

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Method

Step 1

Wash and slice the cucumber & lemon and rinse the mint.

Step 2

Pop into a water jug

Step 3

Fill the jug with water, mix and leave to steep overnight in the fridge.. you can keep topping up the jug with more water for a few days until you need to change the fruits/herbs!

 

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The way I judge if I should blog a recipe is the response I get from offering the final product to someone else.. In this case I poured a tiny amount of the water into a glass and said ‘here, try this’ .. the response was ‘nice, pour me a pint’ – hurray! From kitchen to blog post here I come! :)

 

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Comments (154)

  1. posted by Josie H on February 24, 2014

    Don’t underestimate just how refreshing this detox water is …I love it! Simple to make and makes drinking 8 glasses a day really easy :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 24, 2014

      Aw thank you Josie!! xx

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      • posted by hidyh on January 24, 2015

        When should i drink it? Bfr breakfast? Or should i drink it on empty stomach? Or bfr going to sleep? Is okay to drink it and just go straight to bed? I just want to know when is the ideal time to drink it;)

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    • posted by Maria C on September 30, 2015

      Does this detox water help you lose weight and fat. I read somewhere that this is like a ‘fat flusher.’ is this true and if so, when will i see results?

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      • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 1, 2015

        No it doesn’t melt fat! Eating fewer calories than your body needs does that!

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    • posted by Thilini on February 22, 2016

      Hi! I really wanna try this. But Is it ok to add lime instead of lemon?

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  2. posted by Elvia on March 28, 2014

    Can I drink this water during the day?

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  3. posted by Jennifer on April 11, 2014

    Do you eat regularly or you only drink this?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 13, 2014

      I personally eat 6 x a day and drink all day long! x

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  4. posted by Janet Brookes on April 13, 2014

    My son shown me your website yesterday, and have just put all the fruit into my jug….cannot wait to try your recipes….I am on my diet from tommorrow so here goes….. thank you

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 13, 2014

      Aw thank you! But don’t see yourself as going on a diet.. see it as a lifestyle change.. 80/20 rule for life! x

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      • posted by Janet Brookes on April 13, 2014

        Will do thank-you, makes sense,….li’m ready for a lifestyle change.x

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  5. posted by Doria on April 16, 2014

    Does detox water have calories? I use the MyFitnessPal the app and I was shocked to put in detox water and have it come out to 110 calories if you only have 1 mason jar full of it!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 16, 2014

      It’s practically zero…. that detox water on mfp sounds like it has added sugar!

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  6. posted by Jenny on May 30, 2014

    How many times should I change the lemon and cucumber?

    Or

    When do I change it?

    Can I leave the lemon and cucumber in the water for a week?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 31, 2014

      You could do yes! You’ll know when it needs changing as the fruit won’t look as fresh. Hope this helps! xx

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  7. posted by Sophia on June 5, 2014

    Love this… I do it all the time it makes drinking water a lot easier x

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  8. posted by Mim on June 12, 2014

    Hi my mint after a day has black spots on it and I find the flavour is not as intense
    Do I need to change it every day !! Love the flavour and water though drinking
    3 litres a day

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 12, 2014

      Wow that’s amazing! Not sure about the black spots I’m afraid – maybe get a small mint plant and add to a glass of water fresh :) x

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  9. posted by richelle on June 13, 2014

    I’m trying to figure out if there are any calories in this or it only if you eat the fruit and vegetables out of it

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 14, 2014

      The water is virtually calorie free.. no don’t eat the fruit.. not unless you’re hungry ;)

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  10. posted by LaLa on June 15, 2014

    Can This Help You Lose Weight.? If So How Much.?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 16, 2014

      It helps you to stay hydrated.. and as hunger and thirst can be confused that’s how it can make you lose weight!

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  11. posted by Alexa on June 19, 2014

    Omg this sounds amazing, but I can’t find the mint leaves. Is it okay if I don’t use them?

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  12. posted by Deeya on June 21, 2014

    Hello :) I wanted to know for how many days should we drink this detox water? for a week or more?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 22, 2014

      For as long as you want! It’s great for a BBQ :)

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  13. posted by ivone on June 22, 2014

    can i make this detox water without put it in the fridge?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 22, 2014

      It won’t keep very long out of the fridge! It tastes nicer chilled :)

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  14. posted by SUE on June 23, 2014

    I keep reading all the comments which are good but how much of it should you drink each day and for how long.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 23, 2014

      We should drink 6-8 glasses of fluid/water a day, everyday – this recipe is just a way of jazzing up water!

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  15. posted by Kim on July 1, 2014

    Can i use the cucumber and lemon again? if yes for how many days? and does it have the same effect?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 1, 2014

      I personally wouldn’t .. fresh is always best! It should keep for a few days/week!

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  16. posted by diana on July 6, 2014

    how many glass should drink in a day

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 6, 2014

      We should drink 8 x 200ml glasses of fluid a day as a general rule.. aim for pale straw wee :) x

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  17. posted by UM on July 7, 2014

    After I refrigerate it overnight, can i transfer it into another pitcher and drink it when it is not chill. I catch cold very easy and avoid consuming any chilled drinks. Kindly advice :)

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  18. posted by Jeff on July 9, 2014

    How long do we keep this in the fridge, before slicing new fruits and adding new water again

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  19. posted by Jonaye on July 12, 2014

    I first learned of this water when someone told me about it. I made it and yes it does “jazz” up plain water! I still had questions about it and stumbled across your website. I want to thank you for sharing your information about this veggie/fruit infused water. It will save me some money. Thank you again!

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  20. posted by Allison on July 15, 2014

    When I found this recipe online it states next to it that it helps you maintain a flat belly. Is that true?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 15, 2014

      Drinking enough water can help you to manage your weight and prevent bloating yes! x

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  21. posted by Fran on July 27, 2014

    This is my first time trying the detox water. How long does it need to chill before I can start drinking it? I’ve read 6 hours to overnight.

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  22. posted by Syazwani on July 31, 2014

    i heard that this detox drink will turn nasty the next day. and its better to finish the batch made within 24 hours. is that right?

      Reply
    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 31, 2014

      Fresh is always best but it does keep longer than a day!

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  23. posted by carol on July 31, 2014

    Is it possible if we drink this kind of recepi it will make u slim or i mean ur belly is a liitle bit big?

      Reply
    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 31, 2014

      Water helps you to stay hydrated, and as hunger and thirst can get confused drinking water helps you to stay in tune with your TRUE hunger signals :)

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  24. posted by Asli on August 8, 2014

    That’s an awesome idea to drink more water & I love it. I also added some strawberries and it tastes pretty good, too. I was wondering if this detox drink or water has any calories :s

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 8, 2014

      It will have virtually no calories :) Thanks for your comment! Nic x

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  25. posted by Natalie on August 16, 2014

    Can I drink this right away after I make

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  26. posted by Taye on August 19, 2014

    Can mint flakes found in the spice isle be used in place of mint leaves.?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 19, 2014

      Hi! I wouldn’t use them personally unless you hold a sieve over your glass when pouring :) x

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  27. posted by Sameeksha Garg on August 25, 2014

    Instead of mint leaves, what should be the other option, if not available mint leaves ?

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  28. posted by dara on August 31, 2014

    Hi! I have been trying this for two days but I don’t know if its normal when the taste is sour? Can I leave overnight without putting in the fridge? Just room temperature? Is it safe and ok?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 4, 2014

      Hello! I would keep this in the fridge for a few days – it should just taste of the lemons and mint really!

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  29. posted by kalena smith on September 1, 2014

    Hi can I use mint tea instead of mint leaves causes I can’t find it in store and is the detox water supposed to make you use the bathroom a lot.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 4, 2014

      Detox water is just a way of flavouring water – you could steep some mint tea in a small amount of hot water then add it to the cold water yes = iced mint tea :) xx

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  30. posted by Cassandra on September 2, 2014

    For the cucumber, lemon and mint detox drink can you use lemon mint instead of regular mint?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 4, 2014

      I used mint leaved – don’t use the dried mint as it’ll go all over your mouth! Hehe x

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  31. posted by Liz on November 21, 2014

    I love drinking the detox water but I stop because my mother in law was complaining that im wasting the fruit like that I should grinder the fruit.
    So which one is better to grinder the fruit or to make it like you do??

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 22, 2014

      Both infuse the water! If you can taste the fruit then you’re not wasting it :) x

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  32. posted by Briana on December 17, 2014

    Can you eat whatever you want with this detox or no? What do you usually eat with this detox for it to be the most beneficial for losing weight?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 18, 2014

      Hello! There is no need to follow a ‘detox diet’ – this blog post is about promoting drinking more water in general, the tasty way :) x

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  33. posted by Demetria on January 11, 2015

    How long does this water last

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  34. posted by Anastasia on January 12, 2015

    Do you put the whole mint leaf (stem and all) or do you detach the leaves from the stem? Also, how much mint, lemon, etc. should be used if making in a pitcher? I’ve made some already, but I’m not tasting the mint at all.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 13, 2015

      I would add more then to your taste :) And yes as long as it is washed you can add the whole thing!

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  35. posted by Shellee on January 14, 2015

    Does the water have to be refrigerated? My glass pitcher won’t fit in my fridge so I put it in my garage where it is pretty cool??

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  36. posted by bev on February 23, 2015

    Hi, I’m new to this! if I finished the water the same day I made it, could I Eat the fruit?

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  37. posted by tanaz on March 4, 2015

    hi, thanks for ur recipes , i don wanna lose weight , can I eat the fruit then??

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  38. posted by Riivas on March 11, 2015

    How many times a week should we drink them? Is it okay if we drink them everyday?

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  39. posted by Terria on March 15, 2015

    In other words, I don’t want to put it in the refrigerate it. Is it okay to drink this way?

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  40. posted by Akshika mehta on March 18, 2015

    Can we strain the water and have or should we have it with the fruits in. And can we refill the bottle once we have finished it for the same day with the same fruits?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 19, 2015

      Yes you can re use the fruits and you don’t have to strain it no, but you can if you want to :) x

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  41. posted by Gabriela Garcia on March 24, 2015

    What to do if it tastes bitter? I added lemon slices ,cucumbers,mint.I also squeezed a little lemon..

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  42. posted by Pylott on March 26, 2015

    I drink nothing but water all day everyday so will this help me or no? If so how many glasses or how often a day should I drink it?

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  43. posted by betoul on March 29, 2015

    do I have to use a detox bottle or can I use a normal drink bottle I got from target

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  44. posted by jazmin on April 19, 2015

    What does this detox water actually do? What are the benefits?

      Reply
    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 19, 2015

      It keeps you hydrated and helps with your digestive system :)

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  45. posted by joseph on April 24, 2015

    Hi I am gonna try this.

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  46. posted by Rose D on April 29, 2015

    I make this at night and the next day I take out the cucumber and put it in a salad for lunch. It’s still fresh and I get double use out of it. You could probably do the same for the lemon but I hardly use it for other things. The mint I leave in for a stronger mint taste.

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  47. posted by netta on May 9, 2015

    I’m just trying to lose my gut will this help

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 9, 2015

      Drinking more water will help you to stay full and so not unnecessarily snack! x

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  48. posted by Vaishali on May 22, 2015

    Hi,
    I am about to try this from tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this.
    Just 1 quick question- Do i put Lemon slices in the water or do I squeeze lemon ?

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  49. posted by aneela on May 23, 2015

    Hey…im trying to flatten my belly..im doing cardio and workout at home…will this drink help me with it? how will it help me?
    please rep….thanks :)

      Reply
    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 25, 2015

      Keeping hydrated helps you to keep in tune with your true hunger signals :)

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  50. posted by oz on May 24, 2015

    Is it good to reuse the fruit like twice??

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  51. posted by payal on May 28, 2015

    Can i keep detox water outside fridge after keeping it in fridge overnight or should it be kept in fridge only

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  52. posted by Migz on May 29, 2015

    Can I drink the detox water everyday all throughtout the year, or shall I sau drink it forever?

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  53. posted by Jayashree Menon on June 2, 2015

    for how long should we drink this water, is there any like one week or two weeks in a month or througtout the year we drink this water

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  54. posted by junghiemigzthea on June 4, 2015

    Hi! Can I use lemon and cucumber? I can’t find mint leaves in my place.. Can you please suggest if theirs any replacement for mint leaves? Thank you, pls reply :)

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  55. posted by Shweta on September 3, 2015

    Can I prepare the detox water overnight and in the morning remove all the fruis and veggies and carry the infused water to office to have it all day. Or is it necessary to have the ingredients in them while we consume the water.??

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 3, 2015

      No that sounds fine :) )

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      • posted by Shweta on September 4, 2015

        Thanks:)

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  56. posted by Shweta on September 3, 2015

    Also let me know if I can have detox water during pregnancy??

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 5, 2015

      Yes you should be able to (generally speaking!)

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  57. posted by luqman on September 13, 2015

    generally speaking this detox water made us to drink enough water right? i have a question for weight loss, when i reduce the calorie intake in my diet as i am taking the detox abundantly, does it have any side effects? like fatigue etc..

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  58. posted by Jusmanny on September 17, 2015

    I did a 3qts pitcher of lemon, cucumber, and mint leaves. How many time could I refill the same pitcher? Should it be in a glass or plastic pitcher?
    Thanks

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 17, 2015

      Re fill for as long as the fruit stays fresh :) And it can be either!

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  59. posted by priyanka on October 5, 2015

    HI…i am over weight.Should i drink this detox water several times in a day?

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  60. posted by sean ospina on October 21, 2015

    If i have a gallon jug with this mixture how long does it stay good?… how many days before i have to make a fresh batch

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 21, 2015

      Change it when the fruit no longer looks fresh! 2-3 days!

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  61. posted by Zeeshan on November 25, 2015

    It really helps in losing weight….?.
    ..how long we have to keep the water with lemons.cucumber.ginger
    …we have to eat that things or we have to drink only water…
    Plz help…I want to loose to weight

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 25, 2015

      This doesn’t magically make you lose weight – it makes drinking water easier, and as hunger and thirst can sometimes get confused, drinking more water can help with your weight loss efforts :)

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  62. posted by issa on January 10, 2016

    Can i add honey?

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  63. posted by Helen on January 16, 2016

    Hi there

    I’ve been drinking this for 3 days now and I have not had any bowel movements for 3 days now too! Is this normal? What should I do?

    Thanks.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 16, 2016

      This is just a drink like water. It’s fibre (from vegetables and whole grains etc), fluid and movement that helps your bowels to open!

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  64. posted by litisha on January 20, 2016

    When drinking this can you still eat if using as a detox

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 21, 2016

      Of course!

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      • posted by Nan on March 6, 2016

        Hi just want to know if I mix all ingredients and keep out overnight instead of fridge will it help or is it safe

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        • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 9, 2016

          In the fridge is always better for cut vegetables!

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  65. posted by Meenal on March 9, 2016

    Hii .. can we add cinnamon stick to this drink also ?

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  66. posted by rubeena on March 13, 2016

    does this really help to reduce weight because i gained a lot a weight in a short period of span and i cant find time to do the exercise, drinking this water alone will help me to reduce weight?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 13, 2016

      Hello! No, expending more energy than you consume is how you lose weight :) x

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  67. posted by Mark on May 15, 2016

    Can i add ginger to my detox water?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 15, 2016

      of course!

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      • posted by Angel on May 20, 2016

        Is there any substitute for mint leaves? Cause it is hard to find here in my place..

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  68. posted by Devi on June 8, 2016

    What can be used instead of cucumber? Any substitutes?

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  69. posted by lucy on June 8, 2016

    does this help to clear up spots etc from skin ? if so how long would it take to start seeing a difference ?

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  70. posted by Jass on August 21, 2016

    Hello
    Please let me know how many day after we need to change the fruits.

    Thanks
    Jass

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  71. posted by Kofoworola George-Taylor on October 8, 2016

    How long can I keep it in my fridge, made a batch yesterday in a jug. How long can I keep it in my fridge for? Before it goes bad.

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