Flavored water is very refreshing, and pairing up these ingredients that aid in digestion has lead to what I call flat belly water.
Lemon – Is a superfood that aids in digestion, plus, Dr. Oz says could “be a wrinkle fighter”. Lemons are also a good alkaline source with helps balance your ph levels, supports weight loss and lemon juice is known for preventing kidney stones.
Cucumbers – Reduce the build up of water in the circulatory system, letting you flush out the excess water instead of leaving inside to build up. Cucumbers contain silica which help your build healthy muscle tissue as well as known for helping clear skin that is prone to acne.
Mint - Can help stop stomach aches, reduce headaches and decrease congestion. It also kills any harmful bacteria, keeping your mouth naturally clean.
Ginger – Aids in circulation, helps clear up sinuses and reduce gas symptoms. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which can help in reducing joint pain and aches.
All these ingredients have many health benefits (only a few listed above), but essentially all help aid in digestion. This is why I refer to it as the flat belly water. Drinking this water will not cause you to retain water. It will cleanse your body and leave you feeling refreshed.
2-3 large lemons, thinly sliced
1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
18-20 mint leaves
1/2 – 1 tbsp ginger, ground
1 gallon of water
Step 1: Thoroughly wash all fruits and veggies and thinly slice the lemon and cucumber.
(If you don’t have a slicer, I suggest purchasing one if you plan on doing this a few times a week. I use this slicer from target which works very well and doesn’t take up much room in storage.)
Step 2: Fill container with ingredients and fill to the top with water.
(I prefer to use this 1.25 gallon slim water jug in my fridge. I found it at The Container Store and they have multiple sizes.)
Step 3: Soak in fridge overnight and enjoy within 2 days.
If you drink a gallon of water on day 1, you can refill it up and let it soak a second night with the same ingredients (just add more ginger). Mint leaves will start to go bad after about 2 days of soaking.