Beat the Bloat: Detox Water

detox waterThose who know me really well, know that I would drink anything BUT water. It’s bad, I know. It’s just that water can be so… boring. Lately, I’ve been getting bloated really often. Not only does it make me feel heavy and sluggish, it drains my energy too. This lead me to do lots of research! Bloating is often caused by high sodium intake. Besides having to cut back on the salt, the best way to beat the bloat is to drink lots of water.

Yay me…

At first, I didn’t really get it. I’m already feeling like my stomach is about to pop, wouldn’t water make it worse? It slowly made more sense. Since I rarely drink water, but I’m constantly consuming sodium, my body is retaining water to prevent dehydration. Drinking lots of water will wash out the extra salt and other harmful toxins that build up in my body.

fruits for waterI thought fruit-infused water might spice up the blandness and help increase my water intake. At first I wasn’t a big fan of the taste either, but I’m starting to love it. Besides, there are some pretty awesome perks of fruit-infused water! Below are some recipes that I’ve been loving!

  1. Berry Lemony

berry lemon infused waterStrawberries are full of vitamin C and are known to boost your immune system. Blueberries are an awesome antioxidant and they help clear free radicals. Lemons alkalize the body and prevent constipation, heartburn, and gas build up.

2. Lean Greens

cucumber lime infused waterCucumbers are known to be good for your skin. They are also a natural diuretic, meaning that they’ll help flush out the excess sodium in the body. Limes are high in potassium and improves digestion.

Let your fruits soak in for about 30 minutes to an hour before you start drinking. You can reuse your fruits and refill your bottle with water all day! After 24 hours you should dispose the fruits and start a new batch.

healthy detox waterI am actually pretty proud of myself for being a water drinker! I’ve been doing this water detox for about a month now, and I can definitely feel the difference. On top of the decreased amount of bloating, I feel healthier and more energetic. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this feeling before, but it feels GREAT! I’m going to continue to explore with new recipes, and I’ll keep you guys updated. So keep in touch!

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