Detox Water Recipes For Everyday Drinking

Detox Your bodyHave you noticed the craze for detox water recently? Pinterest is simply loaded with pictures of mason jars and pitchers full of delicious looking detox water or infused water as they are also known.

I don’t know about you but I have never really liked drinking plain water when I am on a detox diet or any other time for that matter. But who says it has to be plain? Even adding a couple of slices of lemon or lime can make all the difference.

Detox water can be flavored with many other fruits, vegetables and herbs like watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, grapefruit. tangerine, ginger, mint and basil.

You have probably heard of Jillian Michael’s detox water but it is really a juice mixture of cranberry juice, lemon juice and Dandelion Tea and not the sort of detox water we are talking about here.

One of the first detox waters around was the morning lemon water detox drink but these new detox water recipes are more infusions than juices and have taken drinking water to an entirely new level.

75% Americans are dehydrated

Recent research has shown that up to 75% of Americans may be in a state of chronic  dehydration. According to doctors dehydration is one of the easiest conditions to reverse but it is also one of the most commonly overlooked.

Dehydration can contribute to a long list of medical conditions from respiratory and circulation problems to headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Mary Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital says “We have a tendency in the U.S. to drink a lot of beverages that are mildly dehydrating,” Webb said one indicator of dehydration may be constant hunger.

“Because the human body is so unique that it will say ‘I want water’ in food, in any way, shape or form. People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink.”

According to research by US expert mild dehydration of even just 1% or 2% can significantly affect your thinking ability and people start to become confused. At 2% dehydration focus and short term memory start to go.    Researchers in the UK found that once thirst is relieved it frees up the brain to focus on the task at hand.

Dehydration will increase toxicity problems 10-fold!

Dehydration will increase the concentration of toxins in the body interferring with cell function, lower metabolism, inhibit thyroid, increase weight gain while at the same time lower the body’s capacity to lose weight.

Many people know that the body is mainly comprised of water and that they should drink a cetain amount of water a day but what most don’t realize is that the bloodstream carries nutrients, hormones, immune factors and all vital substances to the cells, while transporting away from the cells toxins, metabolic waste, petrochemicals heavy metals, etc.

So, any dehydration inhibits blood transport of vital substances to the cells and toxins away from the cells for elimination, contributing to the concentration of toxins in circulation. No wonder you get symptoms.

According to Bill Woolcott, who wrote the The Metabolic Typing Diet: , simply drinking large quantities of water a couple times a day will not cut it, especially when other beverages are consumed at other times (e.g., coffee, tea, cola), many of which are anabolic and that will therefore increase urination and decrease  retention.

He recommends drinking a minimum of 3-4 quarts ( 6 – 8 pints) of clean/purified water per day but, it should not be drunk in large quantities. Rather, small amounts should be consumed frequently throughout the day. In other words, a constant stream of water intake should be maintained. Of course, if you are thirsty at any time, it is fine to quench your thirst.

So, to avoid dehydration and problems of toxicity in your body get drinking that water.  Remember tap water will not do. You don’t want to drink water full of aluminum, nitrates, lead, pesticides, detergents, dead bacteria, trihalomethanes or minerals that aren’t bioavailable.

Here are some recipes to get you started.

Refresh Me Lemon Detox Water


1 gallon of pure water (mineral, or filtered)
1 whole organic lemon, sliced, seeds removed
½ cucumber, sliced
10 mint leaves, organic if possible
2 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled (optional)


Wash and dry the lemon.
Slice and remove seeds
Fill pitcher with the water
Add lemons, cucumber & mint & ginger if using
Refrigerate for 12 hours before drinking.

Apple Cinnamon Infused Water        Detox your body

This detox water was created by Audrey Johns as part of her weight loss diet. It comes from her book Fruit Infusion: A Collection of Day Spa Inspired, Fruit Infused Waters

Makes 2 liters, re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon.


1 Apple, thinly sliced,
1 Cinnamon Stick


Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher saving a few to drop in your glass later  and then the add cinnamon stick,
Cover with pure water
Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.

Lasts for 24 hours in fridge.

Day Spa Pineapple, Grapefruit and Apple Water

Makes 1 big pitcher, you can re-fill 3-5 times


1/2 Grapefruit
1/2 Apple
1/2 a fresh Pineapple- fresh
Ice and pure water


Cut the grapefruit & apple into medium sized slices
Add to a glass juice pitcher.
Cut the pineapple into medium to thin slices about the same size as grapefruit & apple
Add the pineapple squeezing a little if you want it sweeter
Top with 2 cups ice
Top that with water and place in the fridge for 4 hours.
Once you have enjoyed 1/2 of your pitcher of water re-fill it and you can repeat this as long as the flavor stays.

Strawberry & Watermelon Mint Detox Water


10 large strawberries, sliced
½ cup watermelon, cubed
¼ cup of mint leaves
6 cups of water
Ice made with purified water


Fill the bottom of a pitcher with the ice cubes.
Top with strawberries, watermelon and mint leaves.
Fill with filtered water and place in fridge for several hours to allow flavor develop.

Strawberry Basil & Lime Detox Water


1 lime, organic preferably, thinly sliced
12 large organic strawberries, sliced
12 basil leaves


Divide ingredients between 3 x 16 oz mason jars.
Fill with pure water
Seal and place in fridge overnight.

This recipe is from Chaud’s Juice Therapy

These recipes would not be complete if I didn’t mention the Kim Lyons’ Fat Flush Water  which she presented  on The Biggest Loser, combined with other weight loss tips.  There are various recipes for it on the internet but here is a video about it that I found.

Fat Flush Water


1/2 gallon pure water
1 grapefruit, sliced (can substitute with one lemon)
1 tangerine, sliced (can substitute with orange)
1 large cucumber, sliced
10-20 peppermint leaves


Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and peppermint leaves.
Slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine (or peel).
Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher.
Allow ingredients to sit as long as possible for maximum benefits.
Drink throughout the day and made a new pitcher everyday.

Stir & Enjoy!

So, whether you are on a detox diet or not, if you hate plain water, try drinking these detox waters instead.
If you have any tips for perking up your water share them with my readers in the comment box below.
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  1. Jessica K says:

    I tend to not drink nearly enough liquids. Of course I didn’t know that dehydration can lead to weight gain while at the same time lower the body’s capacity to lose weight. I have been trying to lose weight and, of course it wasn’t working. Thanks for making the Eureka! lightbulb in my brain click on.

    • Hi Jessica,

      It’s a fact that the most people don’t drink enough liquid. Not the healthy kind anyway. Glad that my article has helped.

      Let me know how you get on with your efforts to lose weight once you start drinking more fluids.

      Good health


  2. Heather says:

    The strawberry & watermelon mint detox water sounds delicious. One thing I did not read was if there was a a maximum amount of time to leave the mixture stand. I am thinking to make some at night, a couple of pitchers, so I have some for the following day a work. I wouldn’t want my detox water to be all yucky by the time I can drink it.

  3. Making detox water is so simple, but could make such a difference to your health it amazes me it isn’t something everyone does. Of course there is no money in it, so therefore there is no advertising budget likes pop and energy drinks have to get the word out. Ironic that what poisons people is where the money is, ironic and sad.

  4. Sandy, I am someone very conscious of hydrating myself. I used to drink a lot of Diet Coke or Pepsi. I had not preference. I was scrambling (climbing up mountains) and all of a sudden I could not figure out which was was up and I felt light headed. I was taken to an aid station and the medic rehydrated me with a saline drip. It was 36 degrees celsius and it turns out that even though I was drinking water that day, the build up of Aspartame and caffeine in my body had actually been dehydrating me day after day, bit by bit. My wake up call came when I was exerting myself on a hot day, sweating buckets. I am in good physical shape but toxins in the body aren’t something you can see looking in a mirror. I no longer drink anything that is a dehydrant, but as you said, water is a bit boring. I will be following your recipes for detox water because to stay hydrated AND detox at the same time is a huge bonus in my mind.

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    • Sandy Halliday says:


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  6. I have been drinking the cucumber and lemon detox and have lost 10 pounds, how long can I drink it? I still eat regularly and I want to keep drinking the detox water.

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Good to hear Donna. You can keep on drinking it as long as you like. You need to keep well hydrated and water, so long as it’s pure and not tap water, is good for you. The majority of people are dehydrated even though they may not be thirsty. If you eat a lot of juicy fruit and vegetables, juices and soups you will be getting water from them too.
      Good health.

  7. Hi Donna, how long did it take you to lose the 10 pounds once you started detoxing? Also, how often and how much water do you drink per day?

  8. Cheyenne says:

    I was recently diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, and with that diagnosis I had to completely change my diet. At only 18, that was a difficult thing for me to do. My doctor has told me over and over how important it is to maintain a healthy diet because even though I may beat this cancer now, it likes to reoccur. Detox waters such as these have been my saving grace. It’s hard to find healthy things I actually like, but these waters are perfect. My favorite is the Refresh Me Lemon. I’ve also noticed my skin becoming much healthier after drinking these waters regularly! Thanks so much for the recipes. They’re becoming a big part of my life!

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Cheyenne,

      Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. What a shock it must have been for you. You must have an excellent doctor as most doctors say that diet does not help although there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. You will find many stories on the internet of people who have cured their cancer with diet and nutritional supplements. One site that gives a lot of information about various approaches for different cancers is

      I’m so glad that you have found the detox waters helpful. So many people are dehydrated these days that it can make a surprising difference when you drink more pure water. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I do appreciate it.

      Wishing you continued good health.


  9. Can I continue using the same cucumber, grapefruit, etc. when I refill with water. How many times can I do that?


    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Adela,

      It depends on how fresh your fruit is to begin with and if the water is stored in the fridge or not. Soft fruit decomposes quite quicky and will lose flavor once it is used in the water.

      Generally, citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges and fruits with strong flavors like pineapple, will last longer than fleshy fruits and can be used several times. Berries, melons, and fleshy fruits are not ideal for reuse because they decompose quickly. Hope that helps.

      Good health,



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