Last week I tweeted a picture of my jug of detox/de-bloat water that I’d made to guzzle during the day. No sooner had I tweeted it, than I received a flurry of tweets asking what was in it and how to make it. Since it garnered such interest on twitter, I thought others might be interested too. We all have moments of feeling sluggish and bloated. Maybe it’s owing to the heat, after a long flight, or where we’ve overindulged. The ingredients of my detox/de-bloat water all have properties that are meant to help your body combat water retention and give your liver a helping hand. It makes a nice change from plain water and I’m definitely feeling all the better for it.
- 2l (68oz) of filtered/purified/mineral water
- 1 cranberry tea bag, either something like this or this. Or if you can’t find cranberry tea, then 20ml of a pure cranberry juice like this would be good too. Not one that has sugar in it though!
- 1 detox tea bag, either something like this or this
- ¼ of a cucumber, peeled & thinly sliced
- Handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
- ½” of ginger, finely chopped or grated (optional)
- Boil the water and pour it into a jug.
- Pop in the cranberry and detox tea bags, the cucumber, mint and ginger (if using) and let steep overnight in the fridge.
- Voila! You’re ready to go.
Domestic Princess tips:
- If you work and don’t have the luxury of being at home all day, strain the water and put it in a bottle that you can take to work. I’ve got my eye on one of these. You could add fresh cucumber and mint in the morning, cut up into small pieces to add into the bottle.
- Cranberry juice is a mild diuretic, which is why I’ve included it.
- The detox tea you select should contain dandelion root, and/or burdock root. Dandelion can help to detoxify the liver and promote increased bile production. It has long been used as a liver tonic to help stimulate a sluggish or congested liver. Burdock root has a reputation for cleansing the blood and for being a diuretic. As a blood purifier it can help to remove toxins and helps the body fight infection.
- I start every morning with hot water, lemon and ginger, and then drink the detox/de-bloat water throughout the rest of the day.
- About 4 times a year I do the David Kirsch 48 hour super charged cleanse, in fact, I’m doing my next one tomorrow. I’m a big advocate of his supplements, (my faves are thermo bubbles and muscle restore, if you’re interested!) and whilst it’s not easy doing the 48 hours detox, after I’ve completed it, I always feel much better for having done it.
- I bought my teas from Wholefoods in the US. The Traditional Medicinals range is available from Biovea, which has different country websites. I’ve ordered from both the UK and Indian sites without any problems whatsoever. Holland & Barrett is a good resource in the UK and I also shop frequently from Goodness Direct too.
- Bangaloreans, the new supermarket in 1MG has a good selection of teas, as does Spar & Hypercity.
Let me know if you make this detox/de-bloat water and what you think, and if you feel it has helped you to feel less bloated. I’ve been drinking it religiously this past week and haven’t felt as bloated during my period, and my skin seems much clearer too. Co-incidental? Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.
With much love
The Domestic Princess
NB. Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. This is what works really well for me in combating the bloat. If you are pregnant, or have any medical conditions, please seek advice from your practitioner before embarking on any health plan.