20 water detox recipes for weight loss

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss

The most famous line in the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is perhaps “water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”. Whilst this may not be quite true, unless you’re stranded at sea or on a remote desert island, it can be a little boring to drink plain water, so most of us don’t drink enough despite how plentiful it is.

So we have come up with an amazing 20 detox water recipes for weight loss that are all simple water based drinks. Not only will they help you reach your daily water intake for optimum health, but also the amazing detox benefits will boost your metabolism, flush your liver, and help you lose weight in the process.

Water is vital for our health, and also assists in the removal of fat cells from the body and in the control of food cravings. So give these drinks a try, they not only taste great, but also help you in your weight loss journey.


Whilst there is no real right or wrong way to enjoy these drinks, we suggest the following:

  1. Each recipe is based on a 12-ounce glass of water. You can obviously use more or less water if you prefer a weaker or stronger flavour.
  2. It is a good idea to gently squeeze the fruits to get some of the juice into the water for added flavour.
  3. You can make larger quantities of each drink, but anything not drunk straight away should be kept in the fridge.
  4. All refrigerated detox water drinks should be consumed within 2 days to get optimum benefit.
  5. Feel free to eat the fruit once you have finished the drink.
  6. As an alternative, try putting everything in a blender instead. Delicious!

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss

1. Oranges, Plums, & Mint

  • 1/2 sliced orange
  • 3 small plums
  • 2 mint leaves

Oranges are well known for having loads of Vitamin C, as well as B vitamins, vitamin A, fibre, and calcium. The potassium they contain has been linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease.

2. Peaches, Plums, & Mint

  • 1/2 sliced peach
  • 1/2 sliced plum
  • 6 mint leaves

One large peach contains just 68 calories and no fat. Snacking on a peach, rather than more fattening processed snacks, can help you manage your weight.

Plums are rich in antioxidants, which are helpful for reducing inflammation and protecting your cells from damage by free radicals. Some studies have shown they contain more than twice the amount of polyphenol antioxidants as some other popular fruits.

3. Ginger & Mango

  • 1 inch of peeled and sliced ginger root
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen mango

Mangos boost metabolism, aid in digestion, and can even help increase your libido!

Ginger helps lower cholesterol, acts as a blood thinner and reduces blood pressure. It also suppresses cortisol production, which is important with regard to weight loss, as cortisol may be linked to an increase in dangerous visceral belly fat.

4. Lemons & Cherries

  • 8 whole cherries (cut in half)
  • 1/2 lemon sliced

Cherries contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin. Cherries have been linked to a whole range of benefits, including Cancer Prevention, Support Healthy Sleep, Arthritis Pain Relief, Reduced Belly Fat and Lower Risk of Stroke.

5. Blackberries & Mint

  • 6 blackberries
  • 4 mint leaves

Blackberries have impressive health benefits and are packed with vitamin C and vitamin K. One cup has 30.2 milligrams of vitamin C and almost 29 micrograms of vitamin K.

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss 036. Pomegranates & Mint

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 10 mint leaves

Pomegranates have a long list of health benefits to their name. This includes reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, protecting against prostate and breast cancer, helping to fight joint pain, lowering the risk of heart disease, and improving your memory.

7. Lemon & Cayenne Pepper

  • 2 tbsp organic lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper

The main active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which may help speed up your metabolism and decrease your appetite. Used by celebrities like Beyoncé and Jared Leto when undergoing a food fast. Simply avoid all solid food for a week and only consume this drink. However, we recommend a healthy diet for longer-term benefits.

Caution: Always consult your doctor before trying anything as drastic as a fast.

8. Lime, Apples, and Basil

  • 1/2 sliced lime
  • 1/2 sliced green apple
  • 4 basil leaves

Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which don’t dissolve in water but are responsible for the healing benefits of basil. So make sure you eat the leaves too. The oils boost immunity and protection from disease.

9. Oranges, Lemons, & Limes

  • 2 slices of orange
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 1 slice of lime

Limes contain active compounds called flavonol glycosides, which offer anticancer, antioxidant and antibiotic benefits. Another compound found in limes promotes the activity of an enzyme in the liver. This enzyme detoxifies a variety of cancer-causing chemicals that are flushed out in your urine.

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss 0410. Lemons & Raspberries

  • 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 8 raspberries

Raspberries have high concentrations of antioxidants to help fight ageing. They also improve fat cell metabolism, help burn fat faster, and contain rheosmin which helps decreases the absorption of fat.

11. Apples, Lemons, Carrots

  • 1/2 sliced red apple
  • 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 8 slices of carrots

Apples contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and pectin (which has been shown to reduce hunger).  They have also been shown to curb cravings too.

Lemons are extremely healthy. They are great for improving your skin complexion, immune system function, and their high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants fight cancer too.

Carrots are a low glycaemic food, as well as a natural diuretic that aids the body in getting rid of excess sodium and retained water.

12. Lemons, Grapes, Honeydew

  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 5 large grapes
  • 10 cubes of honeydew

A high water content and levels of potassium make honeydew melon effective at maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. The vitamin C and copper, also promotes healthy skin by aiding collagen production and tissue repair.

13. Apples, Grapes, Cinnamon

  • 1/2 sliced green apple
  • 1/2 sliced red apple
  • 10 grapes (5 red and 5 green)

According to Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, consuming cinnamon on a regular basis may have an accumulative effect on enhancing fat metabolism.

For weight loss, resveratrol found in red grapes is amazing. Research at the University of Georgia found that resveratrol significantly assists with weight loss by dramatically reducing the ability of a cell to store fat by about 130%, and causing fat cells to disintegrate at a rate 246% higher than normal.

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss 0514. Strawberries, Cucumbers, Mint

  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • 4 mint leaves

Strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. They are packed with vitamins, fibre, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They are also sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free.

15. Watermelon & Mint

  • 1 1/2 cups of watermelon slices
  • 10 mint leaves

Just like tomatoes, watermelon contains the antioxidant Lycopene, which has powerful effects on preventing certain types of cancer.

16. Aloe & Lime

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 sliced lime

Aloe Vera is great for assisting the body in the removal of waste. It also helps burn fat by improving metabolism and the production of fatty acids, which is a big boost in the fight to rid your body of excess fat.

17. Kiwi, Blackberries, Apples

  • 3 slices kiwi
  • 5 blackberries
  • 1/2 sliced Fuji apple

Kiwi is loaded with dietary fibre. According to a study done by the University of Leeds, “Increasing consumption of fibre-rich foods can lower risks of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD).”

18. Grapefruit & Cucumber

  • 1/4 sliced grapefruit
  • 1/2 sliced cucumber

Grapefruits are naturally detoxifying to the body. They are known to speed up metabolism, and contain a large number of vitamins and antioxidants.

Cucumbers, due to their high water content, can be eaten without any concern about affecting your weight loss. The high levels of B vitamins and polyphenols also make cucumbers a nutrient packed food.

20 Detox Water Recipes for Weight Loss 0119. Oranges & Blueberries

  • 1 whole sliced orange
  • 15 blueberries

Blueberries have an excellent profile when it comes to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient levels. They can also be frozen without it affecting the quality levels of these nutrients too much.

20. Apple Cider Vinegar, Lime, Lemon

  • 1tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Slice Lime
  • 1 Slice Lemon
  • 4 mint leaves

Apple Cider Vinegar removes toxins from the blood and liver. It is also a superb aid to digestion, and helps control food cravings.