10 Detox Water Recipes

Erin Coleman, R.D., L.D.
Water with lemon and mint

Using water detox recipes is an excellent way to clean out your system, feel more energized, and even jump start a weight loss program. Drinking water, including fruit-infused water, is one of the best ways to detoxify your body and choosing the right recipe helps you enjoy your detox experience.

1. Mango Ginger Water

Mango ginger water

Using mango in this refreshing water detox recipe adds vitamins and flavor, and ginger root has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to a 2013 review published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine. The recipe yields 1 gallon of water.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of water to fill a 1-gallon pitcher
  • 2 cups of cubed fresh mango
  • 1-inch portion of sliced, peeled ginger root

Directions

  1. Drop the mango and ginger root into a 1-gallon pitcher.
  2. Fill pitcher with water and ice.
  3. Place mixture in the fridge for three hours and serve chilled.

2. Apple Cinnamon Water

Adding cinnamon to your water detox drink may provide you with numerous health benefits. A 2014 review published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-diabetic, and cholesterol-lowering properties in addition to protecting against neurological disorders and heart disease. The recipe yields 1 gallon of water.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of water
  • Two thinly sliced apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions

  1. Place apple slices and cinnamon sticks into a 1-gallon pitcher
  2. Fill pitcher with water and ice.
  3. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

3. Lemon Mint Cucumber Water

Lemon mint cucumber water

Lemon, mint, and cucumber are common ingredients in detox recipes, and using this combination is a refreshing way to enjoy your detox experience. Lemon and peppermint are used in weight loss formulations and help stimulate gastric secretions and bowel motility, according to a review published in 2010 in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners. The recipe yields 1 gallon of water.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of water
  • 3 thinly sliced lemons
  • 1 small sliced cucumber
  • 15 mint leaves

Directions

  1. Put lemons, cucumbers, and mint leaves in a 1-gallon pitcher.
  2. Cover the mixture with water and ice.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for a three to four hours and serve chilled.

4. Aloe Vera Water

Aloe vera gel supplementation significantly improves skin elasticity and wrinkles, according to a 2009 study published in Annals of Dermatology. Mixing aloe vera with lemon or lime makes a delicious detox drink that keeps you looking young and feeling rejuvenated. The recipe yields about 3 cups of water.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of mineral water
  • 1,200 milligrams of aloe vera gel
  • A few slices of a lemon or lime

Directions

  1. Split an aloe leaf to remove the gel from it or use an aloe vera gel supplement.
  2. Add aloe vera gel to mineral water and stir gently.
  3. Mix in sliced lemons and limes.
  4. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for one hour.

5. Berry Blast

It's no secret berries are packed with antioxidants, making this berry blast drink an excellent option when you want to detoxify. The recipe yields 1 gallon of water.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds

Directions

  1. Place berries in a 1-gallon pitcher.
  2. Cover with water and ice.
  3. Soak mixture in the fridge for four hours.
  4. Top with frozen pomegranate seeds.

6. Cranberry Lemon Dandelion Water

Cranberries may lower you risk for certain cancers, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases, according to a review published in 2007 in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Adding dandelion tea to the mix gives your drink antioxidant properties -- making cranberry lemon dandelion detox water a top pick in more ways than one. The recipe yields about 6 1/2 cups of water.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of dandelion tea
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a 2-liter pitcher.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for three hours and served chilled.

7. Iced Green Tea Water

The benefits of green tea are endless including weight control, reduced disease risks, and antioxidant properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. That's why this delicious detox drink is a must. The recipe yields 8 cups of water.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of unsweetened green tea
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a 2-liter pitcher.
  2. Serve chilled.

8. Watermelon Detox Water

Watermelon infused water

Adding watermelon to your water detox regimen may help improve heart disease risk factors and lower inflammation, according to a 2015 review published in Nutrition Research. Watermelon detox water is super simple to make, requiring just two ingredients. The recipe yields 4 cups of water.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of seedless cubed watermelon

Directions

  1. Place watermelon and water in a 2-liter pitcher.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for three hours and serve.

9. Blueberry Lavender Water

Blueberry lavender water

With antioxidant-rich blueberries and mood-stabilizing and neuroprotective lavender in your detox water, this winning combination of ingredients is sure to be a hit. The recipe yields 7 cups of water.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • Lavender flowers to taste

Directions

  1. Pour water into a 2-liter pitcher.
  2. Top with blueberries and lavender flowers
  3. Cover the mixture and chill for at least one hour.

10. Rosemary Citrus Water

The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of rosemary makes this herb a must when you want to rid your body of toxins and adding citrus fruit gives this detoxifying drink an extra burst of flavor. The recipe yields 1 gallon of water.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of water
  • 5 rosemary sprigs
  • One sliced orange
  • One sliced lemon
  • One sliced lime

Directions

  1. Add sliced fruit and rosemary to a 1-gallon pitcher.
  2. Fill pitcher with water and ice.
  3. Chill mixture in refrigerator for three hours and serve.

Detoxifying Water

A variety of water detox recipes are available to choose from, and they all have detoxifying power. That's because drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to flush toxins out of your body and maintain a healthy weight. Choosing a detox drink that's right for you means picking one that suits your taste preference.

10 Detox Water Recipes