Yes, we admit it. Detox water paints a pretty picture but are there any true health benefits that come with it? Detox water or infusion water is hot or cold water that has been infused with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices by leaving it overnight or in special infusion bottles. The health benefits that detox water claims include weight loss, toxin removal, better digestive function, immunity boost and increased energy levels.
Dr. Arturo Olivera, a gastroenterologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, attributes the health benefits of detox water to the water more than the spices and the herbs. He says, “Although drinking infused water has some benefits and may seem more fun and appealing, the act of drinking water itself is what provides the greatest benefits.”
Plain water can be understandably boring, especially when there is such a wide variety of artificially sweetened and aerated drinks. Not only do these sugary potions taste better than plain ol’water, they also come packed with “antioxidants” and a whole variety of vitamins. But these are more than often advertising gimmicks that make you reach out for these tasty but very unhealthy drinks. When compared to this, infusion water seems to be the perfect trick to add a variety of taste to water. “Though the potential benefits of infusion water are more directly related to drinking water itself, there is no real downside to adding infused ingredients. Plain water can become a bleak way of hydration, so changing it up every once in a while could help you stay on the right track,” says Dr. Olivera.
When compared to artificial drinks, detox water has very few calories because it is largely made by infusing the ingredients instead of blending or juicing. But due to this fact, many believe the misconception that drinking detox water will automatically lead to weight loss. Detox water has very few calories because it is made by infusing the ingredients instead of blending and juicing. But this leads to the misconception that drinking detox water will automatically result in weight loss. The only way to achieve visible weight loss still remains through a healthy diet and a strict exercise routine. However, drinking infused water can potentially help with weight loss by replacing drinks high in sugar and calories, but this act alone does not make them a fail-safe weight loss tool.
Given H2O being the main ingredient in detox water, this also helps to keep your digestion in check by helping food pass through the gut for easier removal. This combined with the different fruits in detox water further aid to improve digestive health. But the amount of nutrients in detox water is very minimal and likely highly inconsistent to be effective enough to support or boost one’s immunity. “Obviously consuming whole fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients than when infused in water,” Dr. Olivera says. “Infusing them with water is okay as long as you are still consuming the recommended number of fruits and vegetables.”
In conclusion, there’s nothing bad about detox waters but it won’t help you achieve your fitness goals on its own. They are a healthy option instead of carbonated or artificially flavored drinks and juices. They will also help you reach the daily required hydration levels.