With 75% of Americans being chronically dehydrated and all of us treating our bodies worse and worse, detoxing beverages are becoming more popular. But before you make a trip to the health food store to buy the latest detox drink branding effort, try making your own watermelon cleansing water.
The watermelon in this drink contains citrulline, which is an amino acid that helps the liver and kidneys filter out ammonia. Ammonia is a by-product of the proteins are burning up constantly for energy and if allowed to build becomes damaging to our cells. Cucumber also contains citrulline, which is worth noting.
Lemons help stimulate your digestive system, stimulates bile production, and things your bile to allow it to flow more freely. Bile is produced by the liver and helps break down the fats we’ve consumed.
Watermelon Detox Water
- 1 lemon (optional)
- a handful of mint leaves
- a large chunk of watermelon (basically what fills your pitcher)
- 1-2 liters of water
- When making it, if you use less water, it’ll be stronger and more flavorful. More water means it’ll be a little weaker, or last longer.
- Slice a large chunk of watermelon into cubes, including the rind, and put them in your pitcher.
- Cut the lemon into wedges and toss in with the watermelon.
- Add some fresh mint leaves and pour water into the pitcher.
- Allow it to sit overnight so the flavors steep and infuse into the water like tea.