Drink & Be Cautious: Water Detoxing Experience / by Sonya Paclob

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I conquered my 10-day water detox like a BOSS.

Easy right? Wrong!

Why? Because changing your diet dramatically will make you feel – excuse my language – shitty. Water detox releases toxins which will affect your body and mind.

Before thinking about water detoxing: here are some tips and insights into my experience.

Warning: I’m not a certified nutritionist or fitness instructor. Just your curious multimedia journalist putting her life on the line for my lovely readers.

Gather ingredients for the detox. Pictured: mint leaves, ginger, lime and lemon.

Gather ingredients for the detox. Pictured: mint leaves, ginger, lime and lemon.

Water detoxing is a cleansing method where it breaks fats and toxins in your body. The method will make you feel recharged and rejuvenated according to WebMD.

This method is different from water fasting, where you only drink water. This is not a water fasting. I ate regularly and took my water detox three times a day for 10 days.

This is not a cure all method to lose weight… Regular exercising and eating right is what you need to lose the extra fat.

Lastly, do some research on your own. I developed my method from reading some articles about water detoxing.

Ready for the challenge? Here are ingredients you need to gather:

- 2 limes
- 2 lemons
- ginger
- 2 cucumbers
- mint leaves
-30 mason jars 16 oz.
- water

Cutting lime for the prep.

Cutting lime for the prep.

Majority of my ingredients came from the York Central Market House. Support your local community! The pack of 12 mason jars can be found at Target.

For other flavor alternatives, check out Bembu - 8 Detox Water to Flush Your Liver

Step 1: Clean your mason jars with soap and water.
Step 2: Cut your lemons and limes in half. Cut cucumbers into cubes. Cut smaller cubes of ginger (add a little if you are not familiar with the root).  Add 2-4 leaves of mint. Distribute evenly in mason jars.
Step 3: Add water and tighten the lid. Place into fridge.

The prep process takes about 1-2 hours. If you are cheap like me, you can clean out your 12 pack and reuse them again. Drink the water detox three times a day before meals.

Expect this while on a water detox:
- Large appetite for sugars and sweets
- Headaches (toxins leaving your body)
- Water taste bitter later in your days.
- Frequent stops to the bathroom for number 1 & 2.

 

Day 3. Getting headaches at work. 

Day 3. Getting headaches at work. 

Clothing fit so well. Happy I can fit a size medium. Volunteering at a letter press museum in Lancaster.  

Clothing fit so well. Happy I can fit a size medium. Volunteering at a letter press museum in Lancaster.  

Headaches started around day 2. The headaches lingered throughout my day. The worst would usually be around lunch time. By day 5, it was better because I alter my food intake. I added more proteins and carbohydrates.

The bitter taste is caused by the lemon and lime. These fruits are acidic, it is a health benefit, but everything in moderation. It can bleach your skin and erode your teeth if done for too long.

Being on a water detox is not a quick cure all diet. It’s a lifestyle change to a better healthier you. Start eating a healthier diet first before being on the detox. Consult your doctor or nutritionist.

I didn't feel sluggish in the morning. As each day goes by, I have an easier time in drinking the detox.

The fats that gathered in my arms and my inner thighs felt more squishy. It felt like the fats were breaking up in my body and going you know where. Thus my clothes feeling more fitted and loose.

Have fun with the water detox. And remember, do this for yourself and love what you do. Good luck. :3

Let me know your results by emailing sonyapaclob@gmail.com or comment in this post. Love to hear what you like or didn’t like about the process.

 

Background about my weight:

My battle with the fat inside of me. These words haunt me since I was 12-years-old – rollie-pollie-ollie, big bone, and ayo fat girl.

I rocked Large or X-Large through high school and into college. Never been the person to share my clothes with friends. I battled trying to find clothes between plus-size and junior sections, especially the store Forever 21.

This year at the age of 25, I took over my life back and embrace my curvy self. I set-up my fitness & health goals one step at a time. I’m already seeing results.

Two years ago I was 160 lbs. in a size 12-14. Now - Still 160 lb. surprisingly in a size 9-10. Seriously, these hips don’t lie. I’ve never been so healthy in my life.

I couldn't’ even run a mile last year. I would be out of breathe within 5 minutes. This year, I ran 3.1 miles without stopping at the 5K Freedom Marathon for the Wounded Warrior project.

My next goal is to at least do one pull-up. Eventually work myself to parkour.

 

Finished with my 5K in Norfolk with my boyfriend on my side. Finished in 41 minutes without stopping. 

Finished with my 5K in Norfolk with my boyfriend on my side. Finished in 41 minutes without stopping.