Detox Water: Lemon, Cinnamon and Turmeric
Need something cool and light ? Drink this excellent detox water! This popular drink combines cool water and chopped fruits. It is very important for our health to stay hydrated, even in winter. So, drinking water all day long is good, but for a change, we count on this super healthy water, a little more fun than plain water!
What is Detox Water ?
The detox water has really been popular in the last few years. But why is that? First of all, we often hear that we need to hydrate ourselves! Yes, staying hydrated is important for your health. Therefore, it is often recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. So to change the taste of water … plain water, we add fruits and vegetables to enjoy a tasty and delicate drink and the benefits of the infused components. I’ll tell you more…
Detox water is simply water that has been infused with fruits, vegetables or herbs long enough for it to have the taste and benefits. The result is a perfumed water with a delicate flavour that is very pleasant to drink, especially if it is hot !
One of the great advantages of flavored waters is their very low calorie content. Unlike juices or smoothies, detox water is very light and can therefore be drunk all day long without raising the calorie intake ! In fact, it is often recommended as part of a weight-loss diet because it is low in calories. It will also have a small “appetite reduction” effect and it is always interesting to enjoy the benefits of fruits and vegetables in a glass of water!
Detox Water : Be creative !
Making detox water at home is very simple and above all very fast! All you need is plain water and a selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Simply chop your ingredients and add them to cold water. The more ingredients you use, the stronger the flavour of the water will be. Then you can leave the water in the refrigerator for 1 to 12 hours to allow the flavours to be more deeply infused. It is best to prepare the water in the evening before going to sleep, so that it will work all night long. That way, you can enjoy it as soon as you wake up in the morning.
If you are in a hurry, you can roughly smash your fruits/vegetables, it will help to release the aromas faster.
After the soaking time, be sure to remove the ingredients so that they do not start to spoil.
Here are some of the trendiest combinations of detox water recipes:
- Cucumber and mint
- Lemon and ginger
- berries and orange
- Lemon and cayenne pepper
- Watermelon and mint
- Grapefruit and rosemary
- Orange and lemon
- Lemon and lime
- Strawberry and basil
- Apple and cinnamon
A real boost of benefits and energy
As you can imagine, the first benefit of lemon is its contribution in vitamin C! Combined with other citrus fruits, you have a good dose of vitamin C for the day!
Lemons, like apples and citrus fruits in general, contain pectin. This form of carbohydrate has many health benefits. Among other things, it helps to stabilize cholesterol and blood sugar levels and it also has an appetite suppressant effect. It is therefore not precisely lemon water that makes you lose weight, but pectin, combined with a quantity of water ingested during the day, will contribute to a general feeling of satiety.
The acidity in lemon-flavored water slows digestion, allowing your body to better absorb the nutrients circulating in your digestive system. A slower rate of absorption helps moderate insulin peaks and improves the utilization of nutrients available in your food.
The presence of enzymes in lemon helps stimulate liver function and helps eliminate waste from your body.
Lemon water acts as a diuretic, helping to cleanse the urinary tract and promote urine production. In addition, its consumption can change the pH level of the urinary tract, which prevents the proliferation of bad bacteria.
Detox water : Lemon, Turmeric and Cinnamon
- 33 Fl oz water ( 1 litre )
- 2 lemons
- 1 orange
- 1 root of turmeric
- 1 cinnamon quills
- In a large jar, pour the water.
- Wash the lemons. Cut one of them in half, squeeze half a lemon and pour the juice into the water. Cut the rest of the lemons into slices and put them also in the water.
- Wash the orange, cut it into slices and put them in the water.
- Finally, add a turmeric root and a cinnamon stick.
- You can add ice cubes to make the water really cool.
- Leave at least one hour in a cool environment before drinking.
The turmeric root: origins and benefits
I’m sure you’re familiar with turmeric! We often think of the famous powerful yellow/orange colour turmeric powder ! But do you know where it comes from?
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous plant from Southeast Asia. It is precisely its rhizomes, small roots, which, once dried and reduced to powder, give turmeric powder! It is originally known to be one of the main ingredients in curries and other Indian dishes. Today it is of course used in many dishes all over the world.
What is certain is that turmeric has been known for centuries for its “long life” effect. It has been used for a very long time in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine and that is why :
- Turmeric acts as a liver detoxifier, i.e. it facilitates the secretion and evacuation of bile. Its consumption thus facilitates digestion, especially that of fats.
- This root-spice is a formidable antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals. It acts a little like a day cream: it will prevent the cells from aging prematurely.
- Thanks to its high content of curcumin (the main pigment of the spice), it is also known for its anti-cancer effect.
- Turmeric also has an anti-inflammatory action, especially in the joints and protects the cardiovascular system by slowing down fat deposits in the arteries.
The cinnamon quill: origins and benefits
Cinnamon is a spice made from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, all the way back to ancient Egypt. It was rare and precious and was considered a gift worthy of kings. Nowadays, cinnamon is cheap, available in all supermarkets and is used in many sweet and savoury dishes!
Cinnamon is obtained by cutting off pieces of the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. These pieces of bark are then cut into small pieces and when they dry, they form strips that roll up into rolls, called cinnamon quills. They can be crushed to form powdered cinnamon.
Some health benefits of cinnamon:
- Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which protect our bodies from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
- This spice also has anti-inflammatory properties: it therefore helps to fight against certain diseases and protects the body.
- Cinnamon helps to fight heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- It helps to stabilise blood sugar levels and therefore plays an essential role in the functioning of insulin.