DETOX WATER & THE IKARIA DIET: The whole notion of detox water fits in perfectly with a diet inspired by the Ikarian way of life. Detox water is simply water to which any number of fruits and vegetables may be added for both flavor, nutrition and easy hydration (it’s more flavorful so you’ll be inclined to drink more water!) ‘Detoxing’ basically means flushing the harmful toxins out of the body. A detox hydration regime is a great solution to cleanse our vital organs of toxins and also helps us lose weight, improve digestion, boost our energy and help our liver function better. It essentially does what the Ikarians of old did by drinking herbal teas on a very regular basis.
2 h 5 min


  • 6 cups chilled still spring or mineral water
  • 12 thin ribbons of cucumber
  • 4 thin slices of lemon or lime
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint slightly crushed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 8 ice cubes for serving


  1. In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, lemon, mint, and rosemary. Serve, or cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
  2. Add ice cubes just before serving.

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