If you can do just one simple thing every day to boost your health, drink water! Adding lemon, mint, cucumber, and ginger to it will have an even greater impact!
Add all of these ingredients into a bottle full of ice water and drink it throughout the next day for an effective way to detox! It helps to let these ingredients soak overnight in your fridge to let the flavors blend together.
The NCBI, a resource used by doctors and other medical professionals, conducted research on a lemon peel: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3551112/pdf/13197_2011_Article_330.pdf.
Their findings showed that lemons are anti-microbial and have antibacterial properties – many in the holistic field call lemons “nature’s antibiotics”. Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; it helps cleanse the body while lowering PH levels.
The body produces histamines when it detects foreign agents in the body and unfortunately for some, pollen, ragweed, and other allergens trigger this immune response. Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, mint not only soothes the digestive tract, it can be particularly useful for those suffering from seasonal allergies http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php.
I can provide a personal testimony to its effectiveness in combating my allergy symptoms!
Cucumbers aren’t just effective for reducing eye puffiness, they can serve as a vital ingredient for detox water, which is especially effective for eliminating stomach bloating. It has a host of other benefits as well, all of which you can check out here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42.
Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent rehydration (95% water), and cucumber also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
This spicy root helps cleanse your system, aid in digestion, and it even settles an upset stomach. Ditch Tums and ginger ale and use fresh ginger roots instead! To make one detox beverage, add three to five slices of organic cucumber (can peel skin for non-organic variety), a medium-sized organic lemon, and a few sprigs of organic mint leaves to 24 ounces of ice-cold water. You can also add sliced, peeled ginger (about a one-inch piece of ginger root to taste) for a spicy kick.
I use a portable BPA-free 40 oz. water bottle infuser that I fill up with water and ingredients then refill with water 3-4 times throughout the day! Or you can get the seven-dollar version from TJ Maxx (BPA-free of course).