Over the holidays, while I was building the Pinterest page for the blog, I saw a pin where they talked about detox waters. After spending so many days eating good, fatty foods, desserts, and goodies, I thought it would be interesting to try.
For ten days, I would every evening make the waters in the fridge for the next day, and then drink 8 oz of it before a mealtime, three times a day.
The ingredients to mix with the water was all high in vitamins, antioxidants, and tasted great. I used mandarin, oranges, mint, lemon, ginger, cucumber, and green tea. They also recommended pure cranberry juice, but I didn't use that one.
For ten days I mixed and matched the ingredients to make the detox waters. The ginger I made into a boiling water, letting it cool off before refrigerating, as well as the green tea.
Now, are the detox regimens effective? I have read, that just drinking a glass of tap water without anything in it, would do the same. Most likely, yes, but if the flavors make you drink more liquids, then more power to you. I felt great, lighter, and more energized, but this was also during my one week vacation, so the reasons for that could have been many.
What I did discover, was that mandarin, orange, mint flavored water would be a great alternative when serving, for example roasted chicken with lots of vegetables, and cucumber mint water would be perfect with white fish, so refreshing and tasty.
So, while I did 'feel' some gain from my ten day detox regimen, without knowing if there were actual benefits, I still took some great perks from the experiment!
Did you make any New Year's resolutions that are food related?
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