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Detox water is just a sexier name for infused water — in other words, water that’s had some combo of fruits, veggies, and herbs immersed in it. You can buy pre-packaged detox waters like CORE Organic Fruit Infused Beverage or Baí, but it’s just as easy to make your own at home.
3. Replace higher-calories beverages.
“Our bodies need water to functional optimally,” Bella says. “A lot of us don’t drink enough.” (One study suggests between 16 and 28 percent of adults are dehydrated.) Dehydration can cause you to feel sluggish, headache-y, and cranky — so if putting oranges or basil in your water makes you drink more of it, it’s an overall victory for your body.
7 Refreshing Fruit-Infused Water Recipes.
Despite the amazing capabilities of our bodies, sometimes our signals get crossed. “A region of our brain called the hypothalamus often confuses thirst and hunger,” explains Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN and founder of Top Balance Nutrition in New York City. “So if you feel hungry, try drinking water first.” One way to find out if you’re actually hungry: Before you reach for a snack, drink a cup of water and see if that takes the edge off.
1. Avoid thirst/hunger confusion.