This Spa Water recipe is my favorite way to fight water retention during the summer or when pregnant. It’s an easy and refreshing drink that’s great any time of the year.
“Spa water” is my pregnancy secret. When I was pregnant with my now 3-year-old, I retained water like a cactus after a desert rainstorm.
My feet resembled elephants, and I had no ankles, definitely “cankles,” though. It wasn’t pretty. Anytime I think back to how my feet looked, I shake my head like it’s an “Etch A Sketch,” trying to erase the picture from my mind.
Right now, I’m in my third trimester, and so far, I haven’t had any problems with water retention, and I credit it to this “Spa Water.” The ingredients: lemons, cucumber, and mint leaves create a natural detox that flushes excess water and impurities out of the system.
This water doesn’t just hold health benefits; it’s pretty darn tasty, too. I plan on continuing to drink it even after pregnancy.
To make life easier, I use my OXO Chef’s Mandoline Slicer to slice my cucumber and lemons. It precisely cuts each slice to the exact dimensions I set and does it in a flash. The mandoline comes with 3 blades that make straight, crinkle cut, and waffle cut slices in a wide range of thicknesses.
- I would recommend reusing the lemon, cucumber, and mint for no more than 3 days. After the third day, the flavor diminishes, and the produce starts to lose its freshness.
- Instead of two lemons, you can use 3-4 limes in this spa water recipe.
- Sometimes I use fresh basil leaves instead of mint to add a different flavor.
- Instead of a cucumber, you can use 1 1/2 cup of sliced berries.
- I like using watermelon chunks during the summer; this makes it especially refreshing.
- 12 cups water
- 2 large lemons sliced
- 1 large cucumber sliced
- 12 mint leaves
- Add water to a large pitcher.
- Place lemon and cucumber slices in the water.
- Gently rub the mint leaves in your hands until they're fragrant.
- Add the mint leaves to the water.
- Stir everything.
- Chill for 1 hour before serving.