Does Detox Water Really Work?


Mason Jar of Detox Water

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's unlikely that you haven't heard about one of the latest diet crazes: detoxing. It's been big on the health and fitness scene for years now. Recently, a new detox epidemic is sweeping weight loss circles. It's called detox water. What is detox water? you ask. It's the process of enriching cold water with essential vitamins and nutrients by infusing it with fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

What Does It Do?

Infused waters are supposed to eliminate harmful toxins from your body with the added benefit of allowing you to lose weight and gain more energy. So...does detox water fit the bill? Of course, drinking water is remarkably better than choosing from the wide range of other beverages humans consume. Water is quite the sensible choice when combined with a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Still, even without "detox water" the kidneys and liver are perfectly capable of ridding the body of most toxins we ingest.

Detox Water or Not?

Your body is less prone to the downsides of toxins like fatigue, headaches, fogginess, inflammation and bloating when you make healthier food choices in the first place. In general, this is what people finishing detoxes comment on: how they can think more clearly, their allergies are relieved, the bloat is gone, and they have a surplus of energy. They receive these benefits because these detoxes require that they avoid processed, refined, salty, sugary foods.

Therefore, making it a rule to avoid these foods can give you all the benefits of a detox without overly restricting your diet or demanding that you fast for several hours (or days). Drinking infused water is a wonderful option if you are looking for a way to add more H2O to your diet. However, as the sole vehicle to weight loss, detox water just won't cut it.

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