Are you trying to kick the soda habit, but water isn’t doing it for you? Try adding fresh fruit juices like they do at the spa in this Citrus Spa Water.
A doctor once told me I should always squeeze a wedge of lemon into my water to make my body more alkaline. Theoretically, this keeps your liver healthy by helping it better neutralize acidic foods in your diet. This never really made sense to me on the surface because lemon juice is acidic, right? Why would adding something acidic to my body make it less acidic? Apparently, outside the body lemon juice is acidic. Once it’s been metabolized inside the body, its effect is alkalinizing. Who knew?
I tried keeping a pitcher of water with lemon wedges in my refrigerator. The problem was that, towards the end of the day, the lemon rind had turned the water very bitter. The recipe below solves the problem by only using the citrus juice, not the rind. You squeeze a lemon, a lime, an orange, and a grapefruit, strain out the pulp and seeds, then add the resulting juices to a pitcher of water. The result is a slightly tart, refreshing beverage that makes your liver happy and tastes a lot more interesting than a plain old glass of water. The CompostMaster described the taste as “intellectually curious.” In a blind taste-test, he was able to pick out the grapefruit, lemon, and orange flavors, but not the lime.
Important note: If you take a statin to control your cholesterol, ask your doctor if you can safely consume grapefruit juice. Some statins, especially Zocor and Lipitor, interact negatively with grapefruit. You can still enjoy the citrus water without the grapefruit, but you may want to add extra orange, lemon, or lime juice or reduce the amount of water you add.
Citrus Spa Water
- 1 lime halved crosswise
- 1 lemon halved crosswise
- 1 orange halved crosswise
- 1 pink grapefruit halved crosswise
- 6 cups water
Juice all of the fruit into a measuring cup. Discard rinds.
Pour juice through a strainer into a pitcher that will hold at least 8 cups.
Add the water and stir.
If you are taking a statin to control your cholesterol, you may want to skip the grapefruit. Grapefruit may increase the risk of side effects with certain statins. Check with your doctor to see if grapefruit is okay for you.
Nutrition facts per serving (1 cup)