When it comes to detoxing and cleansing, providing your body with the right nutrients and trace minerals is important. What's more important however is assisting your organs with the process of repairing toxin-induced damage and recovering optimal functionality.
Your goal, to some extent, is to move whatever debris you have in your system. But what you’re really looking to do is to make your body efficient at removing toxins.

While high fibre smoothies and energy packed juices are a great staple of any healthy diet, most fruits are high in sugar which will ultimately spike blood sugar levels and increase insulin resistance. Alkalising, low-calorie waters are a great option for anyone on a cleanse - particularly as a before-bed drink when your calorie intake should be at its lowest.

So if you're looking for healthy, low-sugar infusions, here are 5 antioxidant-rich water cleansers to add to your next detox.

Lemon-Lime Alkaliser

Lemon detox water

Lemon juice in its natural state is highly acidic, so you might be wondering how it's going to help alkalise your body. Well, once fully digested and metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7. This effect is proven to be alkalizing on the body with many health benefits.
The purpose of this alkaline cocktail is three-fold: Minerals, Alkalinity, and Hydration. Himalayan salt contains over 60 trace minerals, while fresh lemon juice and apple cider vinegar both encourage alkalinity within the body. Adding natural spring or mineral water ensures that you get hydrated both before and after your nightly sleep.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pinches of himalayan salt
  • ½ Freshly squeezed organic lemon
  • ½ Freshly squeezed organic lime
  • 2 Kaffir lime leaves - crushed
  • 5 Tsp unfiltered, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar
  • Mineral, spring or filtered water
  • 1 Litre pitcher jug

Method

  1. Lightly tear and then crush the Kaffir lime leaves.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-6 hours so lime leaves can infuse.
  3. Serve cold with ice.

Kiwi Coconut Water

Kiwi water infusion

Packed full of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients, the humble kiwi is one of nature's most underrated fruits. Kiwis are actually highly alkalising containing over 115% of your recommended vitamin C needs.
In addition, Kiwi has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of bowel and digestive disorders - an important part of any detox. A number of studies have shown kiwi helps reduce complications related to irritable bowel syndrome as well as inflammatory bowel disease.
While not really a significant source vitamins, coconut water is very high in minerals and also a good source of antioxidants. Along with a host of health benefits, there's a plethora of studies suggesting that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin resistance and help treat diabetes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Organic kiwi - crushed
  • 1 Cup organic coconut water (fresh is best)
  • 1 Freshly squeezed organic lime
  • Mineral, spring or filtered water
  • 1 Litre pitcher jug

Method

  1. Peel the kiwi and crush lightly with a fork or a pestle and mortar.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Leave to infused for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Serve cold with ice.

Coriander & Cucumber Infusion

Cucumber & coriander water

Don't be fooled by this semingly modest antioxidant packed infusion.
Coriander is one of the highest sources of antioxidants of any food with an ORAC score over 5000. Simply put, coriander contains more antioxidants than almost all berries including raspberries, blueberries and even goji berries.
Cucumbers, while not know for its antioxidant content, contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin which plays an important role in brain health and memory. Cucumbers have also shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lebanese cucumber - juiced
  • 1 Small handful of coriander leaves - crushed
  • Mineral, spring or filtered water
  • 1 Litre pitcher jug

Method

  1. Juice the cucumber with the skin on in a juicer.
  2. Rip up and crush the coriander leaves. For best results, use a pestle and mortar.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher

Pomegranate Mint Water

Pomegranate mint infusion

Pomegranate is an antioxidant powerhouse high in polyphenols such as tannins and anthocyanins. While not only alkalising on the body, Pomegranates have an ORAC score of just under 4500 making them one nature's best sources of low-sugar antioxidants. Speaking of antioxidants. Mint. Yes mint contains approximately 3 times more antioxidants than goji berries.

Ingredients

  • ½ Pomegranate seeded
  • 1 Handful of fresh mint leaves - crushed
  • Mineral, spring or filtered water
  • 1 Litre pitcher jug

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-12 hours to allow the water to infuse.
  2. You can also squeeze in the juice of some of the pomegranate or crush the seeds lightly to intensify flavor a bit.
  3. Serve cold with ice.

Blood-Orange & Blueberry Water

Orange and blueberry detox water

Give your immune system a kick with this vitamin C rich infusion. We all know the health benefits associated with the humble orange - vitamin C, folate and B vitamins. However oranges are also packed with sugar - a big no no if you're trying to detox. That's where this infusion comes in, by infusing the orange you still get a lot of the nutrition without the hefty sugar that usually comes with it.
Blueberries are another one of nature’s superfoods. They are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals known as flavonoids which may help to reduce heart conditions. There are also numerous studies showing blueberries inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells.

Ingredients

  • 1 Organic blood orange - cut into slices
  • 1 Handful of organic blueberries
  • Mineral, spring or filtered water
  • 1 Litre pitcher jug

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-12 hours to allow the water to infuse.
  2. You can also squeeze in the juice of some of the orange and crush the blueberries very lightly to intensify flavor a bit.
  3. Serve cold with ice.