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!
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! 🙂
Lemon, Mint & Cucumber Water
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 lemon
- a few sprigs of mint
- fresh water
- Wash and slice the cucumber & lemon and rinse the mint
- Pop them into a water jug
- 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!
Lemons are a natural cleanser and are great for digestion, cucumbers help to enhance hydration and the mint adds a lovely refreshing flavour!