As part of my morning routine, I like to wake myself up in the most aggressive way possible – with a shot of apple cider vinegar mixed with cayenne, turmeric, and black pepper. It has a ridiculous amount of benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, cleansing, great for bloating/stomach issues – you know the spiel. Before the putridness of the shot signals my taste receptors, I’ll chase it quickly with my much-more-refreshing detox water. It helps me to almost immediately forget the traumatic apple cider vinegar experience I had just moments earlier. And, it’s prettier to look at.
The benefits of this detox water aren’t as significant as the apple cider vinegar shot (otherwise I suppose I wouldn’t need the shot). But, it still has some benefits (in addition to keeping me hydrated all day).
Here’s my daily detox water recipe and each ingredient’s health benefits:
- 1/2 Lemon: it has Vitamin C which is great because I take at least three vitamin C pills per day for immune system strength (aka avoid getting sick). The more Vitamin C, the better!
- A small bunch of Mint leaves: I have a ton of stomach issues (who doesn’t) and the mint helps with bloating and digestion. Not a health benefit – but it keeps your breath fresh AF.
- 1/2 Lime: This also helps with improving digestion. See a pattern yet?
- A small bunch of Parsley: I feel like this isn’t a common ingredient to detox water, but parsley has so many benefits! It acts as a digestive aid/natural diuretic to reduce bloating (still going with this anti-bloat trend). It also contains Vitamin K, which aids with bone and blood health.
I like to add a bit of organic cane sugar around the edges of the mason jar – because god forbid I ingest anything without it being just the slightest bit sweet (*eye roll*).
That little bit of sugar also gives me the energy I need to workout.
I try and drink at least 80 oz of water per day. If you’re like me (not crazy about plain water), this is a great way to stay hydrated!
Am I the only one who hates plain water? How do you stay hydrated throughout the day?