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BN Beauty Nest with Ameera: Go from Glum to Glam with 3 Detox Water Recipes!

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The holiday season is a wonderful time; so wonderful in fact that we tend to forget our diet restrictions and embrace everyday as a cheat day. As such, it’s no surprise that we all start off the year determined to be healthy. We are so desperate that we don’t realize how unrealistic these fitness routines tend to be so we fall off the wagon before we can even begin to adjust to our aspiring healthy lifestyles.

The trick is to find a routine that is easy and works for you all year round so you never have to set another fitness resolution again! How amazing is that!

As I always say I get better results when I ease myself into new routines rather than starting at the deep end. I have a serious dislike for drinking water so I find myself going days without it and instead juicing non stop which can be problematic. This sparked my interest in flavoured waters which inevitably led me to the discovery of detox waters. This alongside my weekly yoga routine has got to be the best thing that has happened to my skin and more importantly my health.

I’ve decided to share my top 3 most effective and favourite recipes. Please note these recipes are for 1 litre of water. I’d be glad to get more recipes and their benefits from any of you detox water gurus.

1. Lemon, Cucumber, Ginger & Mint: this is a super detox combination because the lemon and ginger help to cleanse and alkalise the body, mint aids in digestion, while cucumber boosts re-hydration. This is great if you’re looking to reduce belly fat.

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What You Need
– 1/2 lemon
– 1cm of ginger
– 4-6 mint leaves
– 3 slices of cucumber

2. Lemon, Strawberry, Apple, Mint & Cinnamon: The major ingredient for craving reduction is the cinnamon; mainly because it improves circulation and manages blood sugar levels. The skin beautifiers are the strawberry and apple as they boost collagen production and boost anti-ageing. This is great to curb any cravings and give you beautiful skin.

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What You Need
– 1/2 lemon
– 1 strawberry
– 1/4 apple
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 4-6 mint leaves

3. Watermelon, Lime & Mint: this is a great way to boost the productivity of your liver. Watermelon is great for filtering ammonia from your liver. Lime like lemon is a great cleanser and helps to thin out bile aiding in better digestion.

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What You Need
– 5-7 cubes of watermelon
– 1 lime
– 4-6 mint leaves

Top Tips when making your detox water
1. Use room temperature water. I find that this allows the flavours infuse much faster than if the water is ice cold. You can also add ice when ready to drink or refrigerate over night.

2. Pour all fruits into jar before adding water. Again this is great for infusion.

3. You can squeeze in the juice of the lemon or lime if you’d prefer a more citrus taste. I prefer to use slices but I remove the peel as it can give a bitter taste after a while.

4. I would recommend you change the fruits after 2 or 3 refills so you are getting the maximum benefits.

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21 Comments

  1. ogechi

    January 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    loving this, more tips plsssssss xoxo

  2. Ijeoma

    January 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Would d fruits be grinded before pouring it into the jar?

    • XteriAyaoba

      January 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      No you don’t grind the fruits. you just slice it and put in the jar and add water. You can check Youtube for demonstration.

  3. Chika

    January 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Where are these fruits sourced from in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. Tips pls

    • Anon

      January 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Bar strawberries, in any market. In shoprite…

  4. Anonymous

    January 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    thanks for the tip but you did not tell us when it should be taken and in what quantity

  5. vheeki

    January 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Nice!… can the fruits be blended into the water with a smoothie maker and how long can it stay?

  6. wunmi

    January 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Please where can I get mint leaves

  7. Moyiwa

    January 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    you have to slice all the stuff listed into the jar and pour the water on in u can keep in fridge for easy drink, you dont have to blend jst pour the water in a glad and drink 3 times a day or as often as you can.

  8. W.Made

    January 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Can I combine all ingredients together in one jar so as to get all the benefits they have to offer the body?

    • Moyiwa

      January 23, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Yes as listed, you combine, lemon, mint, cucumber, and ginger as you see it and drink as you wld drink water.

    • Moyiwa

      January 23, 2015 at 5:45 am

      Yes you can

  9. thor

    January 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Pls wat is mint leave called in naija.is it d same as saint leaf???

    • kaya

      January 23, 2015 at 12:22 am

      saint ko sinner ni. lol. i kid

      *scent leaf

    • nene

      January 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      lmfao. u cray.

  10. serena

    January 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the great advice ameera. This is really useful as I’m trying to lose 10 more lbs, I’ve already lost twice as much with the Loaded Gun Diet. I love the watermelon ideas. You got yourself a subcriber!

  11. Tai

    January 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Just about to ask where do I get mint leaves oh Abeg

  12. regina

    January 23, 2015 at 12:08 am

    this is beautiful. very useful. but when do you drink the water/
    Is it all at once ?

  13. Moyiwa

    January 23, 2015 at 5:40 am

    You drink the water as you drink your water daily.

  14. Memx

    January 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I had my first glass this morning. Last night, i cut all the ingredients into a jar and stored in the fridge. It tastes so great, the Mint, Cucumber, Ginger and Lemon is fab detox. I will try the Water Melon tomorrow mix. I am also planning a water detox all through next week, No food all week. God help me

    • Zinny

      January 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Nekwa ka i da sa na uzo. Please you cant survive on detox water alone. If U want to be that tough, kindly eat lots of high fibre veggies/fruits to keep you going. Most importantly remb that its not what you do in one week that counts but what you do everyday for the rest of your life.
      If after living on detox water for a week, you live on cake n chocolates the next, u r back to square zero

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