Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY Apple Cinnamon Detox Water

It's the weekend and I'm off to Houston! So glad I'll have some down time to relax and just forget about work.

Those who follow ArtSea Chic on Pinterest know that not only do I love to pin, but I love to pin things that will actually benefit me and others who have the same interests. My board, Health and Wellness is just that, and includes everything like foods to eat, exercise tips, and beauty tricks.

Recently I've been looking into how water infused with different fruits and vegetables can help curb certain medical and physical conditions like PMS (ladies you know what I'm talking about), weight loss, infections, and just simply flushing out all the bad stuff you don't want in your body without taking medication to make it happen.

My sister actually introduced me to the world of fruit juicing which blends together about 4+ different fruits, herbs, or vegetables into a glass to drink up, and that's when the breakdown process your body goes through kinda clicked for me. Everything solid you eat has to be ingested and then broken down by acids and enzymes in your stomach first. This takes up more time and energy (why you feel tired after consuming a great meal) for getting the nutrients and vitamins into your blood stream. So what's the quicker way to help get everything to where it should go? - juicing the food or simply infusing it into water. I chose to take on the water infusion practice, simply for the water consumption because I always try to drink about 16oz. every day, so figured it wouldn't be that hard to start putting some more health benefits into my water consumption.

I chose to try out a recipe I saw on Pinterest containing apples and cinnamon sticks, seemed simple enough for the first try :)

I actually never knew that these two combined together could add so much goodness to your body. Here's the list compiled below taken from different sources like Dr. Oz and other water detox websites.

Apples have been shown to:
*Lower LDL (the bad cholesterol)
*Protect and strengthen bones
*Help prevent several types of cancer
*Assist in weight loss
*Boost exercise endurance
*Remove toxins that come from high-protein foods

Cinnamon has been show to:
*Regulate blood sugar levels
*Boost cognitive function and memory
*Natural remedy for headaches and migraines
*Inhibit bacterial growth
*Reduce the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cells
*Control insulin and cholesterol levels by decreasing the bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol
*Helps reduce the creation of fat

Nutritional stats:
Calories = 0
Fat = 0
Fiber = 0
Protein = 0
Carbs = 0

Pretty awesome how you can drink your way with water to better health. To make the apple cinnamon detox water you can use any type of apple you'd like (preferably organic) and 3-4 cinnamon sticks. I used Fuji apples, but the others best to use for flavor are: Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Braeburn, or any apple from a tree organically grown without using a lot of pesticides. You only need 1 sliced apple.

Whether you purchase non-organic or organic apples from the store, make sure to either use a natural produce cleanser or rise under water for at least 20 seconds rubbing the apple to get any pesticide residue, dirt, and germs off the outside skin. Stores don't wash them for you, so you gotta do it yourself, plus think of all those hands that have touched them before you do - grossness.

If you don't like the skin of the apple, you can peel it off, but I'd recommend keeping it on, as the apple skin is actually what has a lot of the nutrients that you want to infuse into the water. So after you cut the apple into slices, fill up a pitcher (I used a 2.5 quart) half way with water and then stick the apples and cinnamon sticks into it. Then continue to fill the pitcher. If you can manage to use a pitcher with grates, that will be so much easier for you because it will prevent the apples and cinnamon sticks from falling into your glass. You just want the water.

Stick the pitcher in the refrigerator overnight to infuse and make the water cold (it tastes better this way). I'm going to start off drinking one glass in the morning and then take a 16oz water bottle with me wherever I go to drink that the rest of the day. I must admit, the taste is going to have to get some getting used to. But on a regular basis it's recommended that you drink 2 liters throughout the day - which is about 2 quarts (so that whole pitcher in my picture).

When you start getting small pieces of apple in your glass, or when the apples start to turn all brown, it's probably time to change them out and put new apple slices in.

If you've tried a water detox recipe before, leave a comment on this post or on Facebook and let me know how you liked it!

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  1. Thanks for this recipe! I have been trying out several detox water recipes and can't wait to try this one!

    1. Your welcome! Hope you love it :) It might take some time to get use to the taste, but I believe it really works for me, especially when I have cramps; it's a lifesaver.

  2. Are you supposed to fast during?

    1. I wouldn't, but that's my personal preference (I never fast, I love food too much.ha). Your body still needs the nutrients of food during any healing process. Just make sure you're eating the right kind of healthy foods like veggies, salad fixings, fruits, etc and those foods help promote additional healing. In my case, not eating just makes me weaker and have a headache, neither one I want to have :)

  3. is your belly less blow up? and did you lose any weight?

    1. When I drank this detox water I was drinking it to lessen pain from my period and flush out my system of any impurities. The pain substantially decreased when I drank this with every meal for a week. Everyone's pain tolerance and healing process is different, so results will differ. But because the pain decreased, it also helped the bloating decrease (apples and cinnamon do a great job of fighting inflammation!), so yes my normal bloated belly wasn't there after I'd say 2-3 days :) You will definitely pee a lot if you drink a glass with every meal you eat;That's natural cleansing of flushing out all the bad. I didn't really track if I lost any weight since it wasn't my goal, I just wanted all the pain gone!ha But I felt SO much better that week and had a lot more energy.

  4. I am currently trying recipe I found o. Pintetest. Its 4 quarts of water. 1 lemon sliced. 1 cucumber sliced. Mint leaves. and ground ginger. Lemons help with not carving food. Ginger helps you feel full.

  5. Replies
    1. Yes you can, you'd just have to use a small amount though.

  6. Wow! This is fascinating! I would definitely be interested in trying this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It can hurt trying Bonnie! Apples, water, and cinnamon are all great for your body. Healthy combinations of foods are the natural healers for our body :) and I certainly can attest to this helping my level of menstrual cramp bloating and pain.

  7. So does your apples and cinnamon last u more than one pitcher? Are you drinking this whole pitcher in a day?
    Also, if we only have ground cinnamon to start, how much would you say to use?


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