5min Recipe: Detoxifying Lemon Water

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Lemon Cucumber Detoxifying Water: 5 Minute Recipe

Hey guys! Today’s recipe is a quick lemon/cucumber/ginger/mint detox drink that will help flush your internal systems of toxins. It’s a refreshing recipe and I hope you love it as much as I love dancing on street corners to music that doesn’t exist except in my head!

Also, this is a great drink to try before starting the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge. Screen Shot 2013 06 12 at 2.27.18 PM 339x600 5min Recipe: Detoxifying Lemon Water

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How this drink detoxifies you:

Cucumbers rejuvinate you through energy-boosting vitamin B. It also contains a lot of fiber that aids in removing toxins from the body, as well as aiding digestion.

The ginger aids digestion and also has anti-inflammatory properties. In 2010, there was a study done that followed people who consumed two grams of ginger each day for about eleven days. It turned out those people had a 25% drop in exercise-induced muscle pain. So all you runners/serious athletes out there? DRINK THIS!

Lemons clean your bowels, and neutralizes free radicals that cause aging. Lemons also contain 22 anti-cancer properties.

Mint promotes good digestion and contains enzymes that could prevent cancer.

Now let’s make this crazy delicious thing!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 of a peeled and sliced ginger root
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves

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Preparation

Cut everything up and chuck it into a pitcher!

I have never cut up ginger root before now (*fist pumps* *checks item off bucket list*) but it’s pretty easy. Just make sure you peel the little chunk of ginger you’re going to use BEFORE you cut that piece from the ginger root– if you don’t have anything to hold onto while peeling it can be really tough to peel the small thing.

Also don’t add too much ginger. As you see in the picture, I only added like three small chunks into the water.

You can keep refilling the pitcher with water for about 3-4 days before you need to replace the ingredients.

It lasts for a pretty long time/or I’m just a lazy person.

Anyways, let me know what you think of this recipe or tell me a lame joke! The comments exist for a reason, and that reason is that I love you guys and my Tumblr inbox is less of a public discussion and more of a soapbox.

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Comments

    • Amy Suto says

      Thanks, Tracy! Glad that you liked it :) I needed something other than tea to drink in the summer, and this was my go-to.

    • Amy Suto says

      Agreed! A little ginger can go a long way. If you add too much, you can just take it out and keep all the ingredients, but start over with new water. Thanks for stopping by, Jason!

  1. K8 says

    Hey! Just wondering how long each new dosage of water needs to get the flavour and all the good stuff from the ingredients? Obviously it doesn’t happen too quickly right, needs soaking time?

    • Amy Suto says

      Yes it does! I usually store it in the fridge for 3-4 hours at the minimum if I’m impatient, or overnight if I’m willing to wait :)

  2. Amanda says

    This is yummy I actually was at the store & had ginger in hand not sure where it went :/ but I really like the flavor of the mint, cucumber & lemon is amazing

    • Amy Suto says

      Spoiler alert: that wasn’t ginger, it was a ninja in disguise :O

      Anyways, glad you liked it, Amanda!

    • Amy Suto says

      It depends — if you’re looking to use this recipe as a refreshing twist to water, then drink as much as you wish.

      I drink about one pitcher every two days, and I keep refilling it with water for five days. I do this about once a month, and I find it leaves me energized and ready to tackle the day!

      It’s all about personal taste. To reap the most benefits from this water, let it steep overnight before drinking any of it.

  3. Steph says

    Hi! I just started to make this detox drink and love it! I was just curious if this is okay to drink every day, or if its more of a once in a while thing to “detox”… sorry if thats a weird question!

    • Amy Suto says

      Hey Steph! Not a weird question, at all! I drink this every day when I have lemons available (strangely my local grocery store often doesn’t carry lemons!)

      I use “detox” differently than most bloggers, I suppose. “Detox” drinks are more about cleansing your system and supplementing your healthy lifestyle instead of a one-off thing (although they can function that way, too!)

      Thanks for the comment :)

  4. paras says

    hi…i read your blog n i started using it..i can feel my belly lite n soft …how often should i drink this…is dieting necessary with this…

    • Amy Suto says

      I don’t like the term “Dieting” — I think it gives people the wrong idea about what works. When people think “dieting” they think restricting bad foods temporarily to see results… only to return to old habits and gain the weight back.

      In order to see fat loss, you need to eat clean, whole foods (and ditch sugary processed foods and white flour!)

      Try out my 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge! It’s under “30 Day Challenges” right here on my blog :)

  5. Sue says

    Made this about 7 am this morning….had my first glass about two hours ago…..delish!!! I’m doing a clean eating challenge at my fitness studio next week and this is a great way to start!
    Thanks for the breakdown as to what each ingredient does!
    Sue

    • Amy Suto says

      Hi Regina! This alone won’t help you lose fat, you need a mixture of clean eating, HIIT, strength training, and a good understand of how health and fitness work.

  6. says

    this is my first time doing this so I don’t really know how to do this I just want to know do I eat anything when I taking this drink an how long I have 2 take it?

    • Amy Suto says

      As long as you’d like! I make it whenever there’s room in my fridge to have a pitcher of water and fresh fruit to spare. There’s no magic number.

    • Amy Suto says

      I’ve had that problem, too — you can just omit the mint, or try something like basil and see if that works. Good luck!

    • Amy Suto says

      Sure, Bridget! Fresh mint is preferable, but mint extract will still give you the benefits as well.

    • Amy Suto says

      There isn’t a ratio, it’s just personal preference! I use a 4 quart pitcher and fill it halfway with water, put in the fruit, and then fill it up the rest of way with water. It’s just up to you! If you want a stronger flavor, add more fruit.

  7. Anonymous says

    Is it okay of we don’t use the mint and the ginger? I heard that lemon & cucumbers help you lose weight. Please reply

  8. POB says

    Is there any particular reason not to add too much ginger? We love the taste of the ginger and added quite a bit before seeing this post. (we found the recipe earlier and just looked it up to see whether it actually had any benefits)

  9. Brenda says

    I have recently started my long haul towards weight loss and this is the first place i see that adds a bit of humor to the receipes. I made my first drink today and i am in love. Its barely 9am and i am full of energy! Thank you for what you do

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