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a water bottle filled with lemons, limes, ginger, cucumbers and greens

The cucumber and lemon in this beverage work to alkalize your body, while the cayenne and ginger jump-start your metabolism and aid in flushing out your organs. This delicious and lightly flavored water tastes so good you will want to drink a lot of it.

Use this recipe to spark your creativity. Be inspired to put together different combinations. If you think of water as a blank canvas on which you can create any flavor or taste you crave, depending on your mood or needs, it becomes exciting. There are so many other fun foods you can add to water: a splash of aloe vera juice, fresh orange slices, a squeeze of lime, mint leaves, cucumber spears, sliced strawberries, and more. You are the bartender — don’t be afraid to experiment!

Makes 2 liters


  • 2 liters water (about 8 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate.

Reprinted with permission from Go With Your Gut: The Insider’s Guide to Banishing the Bloat With 75 Digestion-Friendly Recipes by Robyn Youkilis, copyright © 2016. Published by Kyle Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

This article originally appeared in Experience LifeLife Time’s whole-life health and fitness magazine.

Robyn Youkilis

Robyn Youkilis is the author of Go With Your Gut: The Insider’s Guide to Banishing the Bloat With 75 Digestion-Friendly Recipes.

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