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14 Detox Water Recipes That Banish Bloat

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By Linnea Zielinski

What if there was an easy way to flatten your belly–almost instantly–without counting calories, sweating at the gym, or trying out that new shapewear trend? There is: Detox water.

Sweating away the stress and snacks of the workday is an unquestionably healthy habit, as is trying to eat well for your body. But pesky water weight can cling to your belly through the cleanest day of eating and the most intense workout session, and that’s where water comes in. It’s no secret that chugging plain H2O can be less than stimulating, but there are fun ways to make this healthy habit less of a chore. Certain fruits have detoxifying properties in their flesh and peels; slice them whole into your water to reap the benefits and hit your water intake quota with an infusion of flavor. We rounded up some of the most delicious-looking ways to drink up and de-puff from healthy Instagrammers to inspire you to be creative with your next water bottle refill:

Grapefruit-Mint Detox Water

This vegan Instagrammer packs a slimming duo into her grab-and-go Mason jars: grapefruit contains compounds that stabilize blood sugar and help fry fat, and mint has been known to suppress appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month!

Lemon-Dill, Raspberry-Lemon, Cucumber-Lemon and Strawberry Detox Waters

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Instagrammer Laury Ann has a detox water for every craving: calming and balanced, sweet-tart, herbaceous, or straight-up fruity. Channel the spa with cucumber-lemon water or hot summer days with lemonade-inspired raspberry-lemon water. Whatever you choose is sure to be a refreshing break from your plain bottle.

“Green” Detox Water

This “green” detox water features cucumber, lime, green apple and lemongrass; can’t say there’s anything boring about these bottles of water! Green apple boasts the same appetite-suppressing effect as mint, so you’ll boost your satiety two-fold when you sip this water throughout the day: The water will fill your stomach, while the green apple keeps cravings at bay.

Raspberry, Orange and Mint; Lemon, Lime, Blueberry and Strawberry; Raspberry, Blackberry and Mint

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Steph Fox says she’s “moving on from smoothies to flavoured water,” and she’s fully embracing the change with three different fruit and herb combos that we love. Don’t be afraid to combine berries and citrus; both contain powerful compounds that blast belly fat and flush water from your middle.

Strawberry, Lemon and Mint Detox Water

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We like to think of this combination as strawberry lemonade with a twist–without all the sugar, of course. A compound in the peel of lemons stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and helps give sluggish bowels a kick, which can banish that bloated belly right in time for your beach day.

Blueberry, Rosemary and Lemon Detox Water

Don’t be afraid to play with herbs in your detox waters like Instagrammer Miann Scanlan, either. Savory rosemary, thyme, dill and sage all balance sweet fruits for a complex drink you won’t get tired of. Try classic combinations like sage and blackberry, strawberry and basil, cilantro and mango, or raspberry and mint.

Mango, Lemon and Pineapple Detox Water

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Take your taste buds to the tropics with this exotic fruit combo at a fraction of the calories and sugar of daiquiris, piña colada and margs. Instagrammer Hanna Falk picked an ideal fruit to use for her active lifestyle; pineapple is loaded with bromelain, an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties to speed up your post-workout recovery.

Kiwi, Blueberry and Mint Detox Water

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If a bloated belly and constipation is keeping you from feeling confident in your bikini, turn to this detoxing fruit combination. Researchers say kiwi can lessen constipation, which can help flatten your stomach.

Orange-Blueberry Detox Water

All berries are fat-fighting superfoods because they’re a low-cal way to satisfy sweet cravings and they’re packed with polyphenols, which can help burn fat and even stop it from forming. But blueberries take the prize for best berry, so we love that Ivy Dilaurentis used them in this detox recipe. In addition to blocking fat cell formation, they help prevent cancer, diabetes and age-related memory changes.


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