Our bodies are made up of 60% water so it is no surprise that drinking more water is the secret to clear skin, good digestion, healthy organs and joints, efficient detoxing, brain function and even weight loss. We all know we should drink around 2 litres of fluids every day – or more if you are exercising, pregnant or breastfeeding or simply out in Singapore’s hot, humid weather.
We lose water through breathing, sweating and visits to the bathroom. Clear or light yellow urine indicates your body is adequately hydrated.
It is possible to drink too much water, although this is uncommon with adequate (or high) sodium intake in the typical Western diet.
I enjoy drinking water so I don’t find it too hard to drink 2L (usually more!) a day but sometimes I do get a little bored of drinking plain ol’ filtered tap water. So I make a big jug of detox water with lemon, which aids digestion and has alkalising properties; cucumber for its anti-inflammatory properties; and mint, which also helps digestion…sometimes I go crazy and add ginger for a little zing and its calming effect on the stomach. The combination of these natural flavours is so refreshing on a hot day!
How to make Detox Water
Pour 2L of cold filtered water into a large glass jug and add slices of half a lemon, 3-5 slices of cucumber (leave the skin on) and a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves. Leave it sit for a little while to let the flavours infuse.