SIP YOUR WAY TO WELL­NESS

Beat the heat with healthy and tasty detox wa­ter, which is in­fused with fruits and veg­gies

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - LIFESTYLE - Pr­erna Gauba pr­erna.gauba@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■ MANISHA ME­HTA, DIETICIAN AND NUTRITIONIST KAVITA DEVGAN, NUTRITIONIST

How many glasses of wa­ter do you drink in a day? Ex­perts say drink­ing eight glasses of wa­ter in a day not only keeps your body hy­drated but also has mul­ti­ple health ben­e­fits. You can also ex­per­i­ment with wa­ter by in­fus­ing it with cit­rus fruits and veg­eta­bles to make detox wa­ter. One can even add a dash of mint to pep up the flavours, but detox wa­ter is not merely about good taste, it’s much more than that.

HOW DOES DETOX WA­TER WORK?

Won­der­ing why the wa­ter is ben­e­fi­cial? So when we in­fuse fruits and veg­gies in wa­ter all an­tiox­i­dants and prop­er­ties of the fruits are trans­ferred to it. “Detox wa­ter has a lot of ben­e­fits mi­nus calo­ries. These fruits add elec­trolytes, vi­ta­mins, and min­er­als [to wa­ter] and keep your body hy­drated,” says nutritionist and au­thor Kavita Devgan. Be­side hy­drat­ing the body, detox drinks have other ben­e­fits too. “It helps in clean­ing the colon and liver,” says nutritionist Ri­tika Sam­madar. Cer­tain detox drinks are rec­om­mended for weight loss along with healthy diet plans. “In­fused wa­ter or detox wa­ter helps in weight loss and flushes out the toxin from the body,” says dietician and nutritionist Manisha Me­hta. Also, some detox drinks are de­signed as en­ergy drinks. They help in lift­ing mood, de­tox­i­fy­ing the body and clean­ing tox­ins.

HOW TO MAKE IT AT HOME?

In a jar of fil­tered wa­ter add any sliced fruit of your choice. Let it in­fuse for 24 hours or overnight, re­frig­er­ate and your detox wa­ter is ready. Don’t throw away the in­gre­di­ents af­ter fin­ish­ing your drink. “You can again add more wa­ter to the fruits. Add two to three glasses of wa­ter again to the fruits, keep­ing in mind the quan­tity [of in­gre­di­ents],” sug­gests Devgan. “In one litre of wa­ter add 200-250 grams of sliced cu­cum­ber, a lemon, ½ inch gin­ger, two to four straw­ber­ries and 20 fresh mint leaves,” adds Sam­madar.

DIF­FER­ENT TYPES AND THEIR BEN­E­FITS

Lemon wa­ter, ap­ple cin­na­mon wa­ter, gin­ger mango and cu­cum­ber lemon are some pop­u­lar types of detox wa­ter. For peo­ple with high blood sugar lev­els, ap­ple cin­na­mon is a great op­tion as cin­na­mon sta­bilises blood sugar and boosts me­tab­o­lism. And ap­ple is also rich in an­tiox­i­dants. Cit­rus fruits like grape­fruit, lemon and or­ange are a great source of vi­ta­min C, rich in an­tiox­i­dants and they en­hance im­mu­nity. You can add mint, which pro­motes di­ges­tion and ap­petite or as a palate cleanser. Water­melon detox wa­ter is great for peo­ple with blood pres­sure is­sues as it sta­bilises the body’s blood pres­sure. How­ever, ex­perts rec­om­mend not over­do­ing it or re­plac­ing fruits with these drinks. “The pur­pose of these drinks is dif­fer­ent and they can­not re­place the fi­bre in­take from fruits,” says Devgan. Drink­ing be­yond two litres is not rec­om­mended, “Your body won’t be able to take more than that. It needs a bal­ance of both food and wa­ter, so bal­anc­ing both is cru­cial,” ad­vices Me­hta.

IN A JAR OF FIL­TERED WA­TER ADD ANY SLICED FRUIT OF YOUR CHOICE. LET IT IN­FUSE FOR 24 HOURS, RE­FRIG­ER­ATE AND YOUR DETOX WA­TER IS READY Your body won’t be able to take more than two litres. It needs a bal­ance of both food and wa­ter, so bal­anc­ing both is cru­cial Detox wa­ter has a lot of ben­e­fits mi­nus calo­ries. These fruits add elec­trolytes, vi­ta­mins, and min­er­als [to wa­ter] and keep your body hy­drated

PHO­TOS: IS­TOCK

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.