Foods and Herbs to Add to Your Water That Will Do Two Important Things

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3. Cucumber

Everyone loves cucumbers! When you add just a few slices of fresh, organic cucumber into your water (find out cucumber water recipe), you’ll add some nice flavor as well as some strong detox power into your body. Cucumbers are extremely hydrating to the body and they also contain important compounds called polyphenols such as pinoresinol and lariciresinol, which have been linked to a reduced risk of the development of certain types of cancer and heart disease. Cucumbers also contain a substance called citrulline, which is a type of amino acid that has been shown to help our livers remove ammonia from the body.

 

4. Orange

As you might be figuring out, citrus fruits are strong detoxing agents that also contain loads of antioxidants. Like lemons, oranges have flavonoids which stimulate the immune system, which can protect you from diseases and viruses naturally, as well as tons of vitamin C, that powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Oranges also are a natural way to fight the buildup of fungus in the body and are also known to be able to reduce cholesterol levels. A squeeze or two from an organic orange into your water is a sweet and tasty way to get some healthy immune boosting nutrients all day long!

 

5. Cinnamon

This spice has some powerful anti-viral and anti-fungal compounds that can instantly stop indigestion, help our bodies metabolize fat, regulate our blood sugar levels, and improve circulation all at the same time! Cinnamon is also known to help lower cholesterol levels and improve the immune system. With its powerful antioxidants, cinnamon is a tasty way to stop those free radicals that can lead to premature aging. This super tasty spice also contains anti-tumor compounds which slow the spread of cancer cells. Add a stick of cinnamon to your water and let it steep for a few hours or overnight.

 

6. Strawberries

What could be tastier than fresh strawberry water? Strawberries, like all berries, are treasure chests full of antioxidant power. These little red jewels can work overtime to protect you from free radicals and the damage they cause. If strawberries aren’t your favorite, try crushing a few blueberries, cherries, or raspberries into your water for some tasty, yet super healthy, detox water.

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