Detox water has suddenly become the ‘thing’ to have. Yes, it is always good to have water in recommended amounts throughout the day, but is detox water really all hype or does it hold some credibility to itself? Read on to know more about this latest beverage sensation.
Detox water is simply plain water that has fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to infuse it with flavors and just about a few additional good nutrients. This water has very few calories as it contains infused flavors of the added ingredients and not the juice or pulp of fruit or vegetable.
The best thing about this beverage, it can very well be made at your home with any ingredient of your choice. Simply chop up or slice the ingredients of your choice and add to cold water. For stronger flavors, add more of the additive ingredients. You may enjoy it at room temperature or chill the detox water for a couple of hours for more intense flavors.
As for the health claims made regarding the detox water, it is mainly attributed to the water than the ingredient, as the portion of the ingredient used is pretty less. Here are a few health claims made:
Helps to lose weight: Well not just detox water, drinking water itself helps to lose weight as it temporarily raises the metabolic rate and burns more calories. There are many studies that associate drinking of water with weight loss and reduced hunger.
Improves digestion: It is again water that has been time and again associated with regular bowel moments as drinking adequate amounts of water helps to pass the food smoothly through the gut.
Improves mood: Even mild dehydration has been associated with bad mood, reduced concentration, and headaches.
Boosts immunity: This may be a little exaggerated regarding the detox water as the number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is minimal and variable in it. So, there seems to be less likelihood of detox water, in particular, boosting the immunity levels.
Myths associated with detox water are:
Helps detox body: There is no evidence yet to support this claim of detox water.
Balances pH levels: Again, there is no study that supports this claim.
Improves complexion: Though drinking water is associated with an improved appearance of severely dehydrated people, there seems to be little evidence to back up the association of detox water with appearance.
So, the bottom line is that detox water is a nice way to enjoy the plain water by infusing it with wonderful flavors. It certainly can benefit your health in the long run if you use it as a replacement for sugary juices and carbonated beverages!