Moving into the New Year, many of us have our own personal objectives to become a better, healthier or happier person. For some, those goals include losing weight or eating better in general. Diet and exercise aside, there is one thing everyone should do to improve their health: drink more water.
Drinking 1 - 2 litres of water a day (more if you are active) can help you lose weight and flush your system of toxins. Drinking cold water burns calories, which increases your resting energy expenditure. Plus, drinking before meals can help decrease your appetite if losing weight is your main goal. Weight aside, water is a natural lubricant that will improve your bowel movements and take toxins with it. Without water, the colon becomes dry, causing constipation (yuck) and toxins stay in your system longer. Your kidneys also need water to function properly and flush waste out through your urine.
Now that the unpleasantries are over, we can get to your New Year resolution and help you get on your way to drinking more water. These 3 detox waters will keep you hydrated, plus offer additional benefits when paired with a healthy diet and lifestyle. We recommend making them in Mason jars so you can enjoy their beauty (you'll love how colorful they are!), while still having the option to seal them with a lid. Mason jars are easy to store in your fridge and fit comfortably in your hand while on the go.
Hot or cold, drinking lemon water is a great way to improve your health and lose weight. Lemons are high in vitamin C and other nutrients that support healthy stomach, liver and kidney functions, plus they contain limonin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
How to Make
Make it ahead and leave it in the fridge to cool overnight with a Mason jar lid. Consider leaving 2 inches of headspace so you can add ice the following morning so it stays colder, longer.
.......... Pst! Here are 3 Lids for your Detox Water
|Timber Tops - Look stylish around the office with these real wood Bamboo lids. They're sure to start a conversation.|
Tough Tops - Practical in every way for those who are constantly on the go. Dishwasher, fridge and freezer friendly, there's no where these lids can't go.
Chalk Tops - Is storing food in Mason jars already your thing? Use Chalk Tops to write erasable labels or names in chalk markers so you always know what's what.
Apple Cider Vinegar Water
Apple cider vinegar is good for your body inside and out: seriously, it's great for your skin. It also improves nutrient absorption, reduces your appetite, and can assist with managing blood sugar levels.
How to Make
We recommend starting with a small amount of apple cider vinegar and increase it with every batch you make. Apple cider vinegar has a nice flavor if you're accustomed to it, but it can be a bit potent, especially if you don't like vinegar to begin with. Once you've mastered the measurements, you can start making these ahead of time and storing them in the fridge with a Mason jar lid. You can write how much vinegar is in them by using Chalk Tops.
Cool as a Cucumber (with a Hint of Mint)
Swanky spa or rushed commute to work? Either way, you'll feel very zen while drinking this cumber-mint water: your mind and body will thank you. Your brain will rejoice because cucumbers contain fisetin, which improves brain health, including memory and protecting cells from age-related decline. Cucumbers are primarily made of water and fibre, which further helps your digestive health and increases your water consumption. Mint adds a nice flavor, plus it soothes the stomach and assists with digestion.
How to Make
We recommend making this up to 12 hours before consumption and storing it in your fridge with a Mason jar lid. Again, consider leaving room for ice to keep it cold for longer the following day.