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Water…should all taste the same…right?
Wrong – Interestingly enough, water does taste differently from brand to brand. There are some brands that I would never touch because their water tastes too “flat.” Yes, for me, water can taste “flat.”
Presently, bottled water is the latest rage where individuals claim to stand by a single brand. For me, I jump from brand to brand – if there happened to be a sale – because many of them do taste the same. Except for the “flat” and “bubbled” ones – how can you guys drink those?!
Moving forward, industries began competing with one another and boom – artificially sweetened and flavored waters had also found a place on shelves. When it seemed that there isn’t anything else to promote, infused and detox water comes strolling through the marketing doors.
The importance of staying hydrated is not relatively new, and the way to do this is to be sure to drink water. For those who are exercising or playing extreme sports, it can require even more work to stay hydrated.
So what’s up with the hype about infused or so-called detox water?
You’ve probably seen a range of YouTubers, beauty bloggers, Instagrammers, and celebrities shoving this weight loss liquid down your face as a way to get a flat tummy and improve the health of your digestive system. It’s simple: add a few yummy healthy looking stuff to your water and watch the fat melt away – no money spent! (except for your purchase of water, fruits, vegetables, and herbs – you should all have these in your kitchen since the beginning)
The truth is that lemon water and other popular detox drink options are good for your health, but they’re not the best way to lose weight.
Let’s grind down to the reasons why.
First, let’s discuss detox water (also called fruit-infused water or fruit-flavored water). Detox water is water that has infused with the flavors of fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. Detox water is widely known to be made at home because individuals believe it’s supposed to enhance the health value of the water – as if it isn’t healthy enough. Individuals thought that detox water would get rid of toxins, improve digestion, mood, complexion, and decrease body fat.
To be honest – I like to put a little fruit in my water, but only for flavor.
So, what is the truth behind all these lucrative claims?
First, it is essential to recognize water is the prime health behind these claims. Any water has long been found to help move our bowels which in turn helps our gastrointestinal and digestive health.
There are additional claims in regards to detox water such as:
1.Helps you lose weight
Sorry to burst your bubbles, but regular water already been shown to raise your metabolic rate temporarily. To achieve weight loss, individuals must consider calories in and out of the body. The bottom line is that this depends mainly on – drum roll please – food intake and exercise.
2. Improves digestive health.
Hydration is essential for digestive health and maintaining regular bowel movements, where chronic dehydration can cause constipation. Yikes!
3. Boosts immune function
Now, it’s true that eating fruits and vegetables and even fruit juices can help support your immune system. Vitamin C had been shown to benefit your immune system when consumed on a regular basis. Although, the number of nutrients you would get from an infusion would be minimal unless you bombed your water with fruits and vegetables.
Detoxification is a famous claim for many diets, cleanses and nutrition products like detox water. Detox products often claim to improved health and well-being by eliminating toxins from the body as well as aiding in weight loss. It is a well-known fact in the scientific community that both toxins and detox are vague terms that don’t define what is eliminated or how it happened. Your body has well-designed detox pathways that remove toxins from the body.
5. Balances pH
At the moment, alkalizing foods and drinks are a popular dietary trend. It is claim to promote a more alkaline environment in the body. According to the acid-alkaline theory of disease – a theory I had never heard of until now, despite being a biological science major – this will encourage better health. However, this theory isn’t supported by studies, since it is near impossible to alter the pH of your blood or cells through the consumption of food or drinks.
6. Improves Complexion
There are many detox products, that claim the detox water flushes toxins from your skin and enhance its appearance. Sorry to pop your bubble, there is little evidence to back up these claims. Overall, drinking water will improve your skin’s hydration if you’re dehydrated.
In conclusion, the real powerhouse when it comes to hydrating your body. If you want to get the nutritional benefits of fruits or vegetables, consume it. I admit, detox water does taste delicious, there aren’t any genuinely magical health benefits.
Although it does help many individuals drink more water – so it did some good. If putting a few extra slices of oranges in your water help you drink it more, I say – go for it.
However, keep an eye out for false claim.
In the end, it’s all psychological. Your mind believes that drinking these “detox water” will benefit you. Hence, you drink more which meant you would be fuller and you will eat less, equal weight loss. It’s all math peps!
Do you still want to make Detox Water?
Here is how…
Making detox water at home is very simple – obviously.
List of Things You Need:
Fruit, vegetables, or herbs
Glass or Bottle
1. Chop up your ingredients.
2. Add ingredients to hot or cold water – depending on your preference
3. Drink water and stay hydrated
Here are some detox water recipe combinations:
Here is four that claim to de-bloat you (By now you should know this is not true – but it does make water taste good or different)
20 Delicious Detox Waters to Cleanse Your Body and Burn Fat (This title is for real – sarcasm)
Detox Water Health Benefits and Myth (I actually enjoyed reading this one because it provided information regarding the urban myth and give you some interesting detox water combination!)
Want to step up your game?
Check out: Top Ten DIY Detox Recipes
That’s all everyone! HAPPY DRINKING!
You know what I mean.