Try this delicious and simple detox cucumber water – just two simple ingredients, but a ton of benefits!
“Drink more water” is at the top of many a New Year’s Resolution list. We all know that we should be drinking more water, but sometimes (if you’re anything like me or many people I’ve talked to) you crave a little bit of flavor in your water. But you don’t want to add sugar or calories to get that flavor.
I’ve enjoyed cucumber-infused water before simply for its refreshing taste, but I was excited to learn recently of the additional benefits (beyond healthy hydrating!) of drinking cucumber water.
Why Drink Cucumber Water to Detox
One of the best ways to rid your body of harmful toxins is to drink water. Simple. But add cucumber to your water, and you’ve really kicked it up a notch! Here are just a few of the benefits of drinking cucumber water to detox:
- Cucumber is an anti-inflammatory (helps prevent water retention) and helps you to stay hydrated
- Cucumbers contain antioxidants that help battle free radicals
- Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B, potassium and magnesium, which may help to lower blood pressure
- Staying hydrated helps your skin stay healthy, soft, and smooth, but adding cucumbers to your water makes an even bigger difference thanks to the silica they contain. Silica also helps keep your muscle tissues healthy
- And, finally, your body often confuses thirst with hunger. If you feel hungry, grab some cucumber water instead and see if your urge is satisfied
How to Make Detox Cucumber Water
- 10 cucumber slices
- 10 oz water
- In a large glass, place the cucumber slices and top with water. Refrigerate.
- Allow the cucumbers to steep in the water for at least 8 hours.
- Remove the cucumbers and drink chilled. (The cucumbers are still edible!)
I know that I am more likely to drink MORE when my drink tastes great. Because I love the taste of cucumber water (I like mine with a drop of lime essential oil or slice of lime or lemon, too!) I am motivated to stick with my goal to drink more water all day long. It’s a win-win!
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