There seems to be an easier way to detoxify, eliminate bloating, and lose weight, and this is sassy water. Invented by nutritionist Cynthia Sass (hence the name given by Prevention magazine) for the “Flat Belly Diet”, sassy water is easy to prepare, and so much healthier than drinking sugary water. It is also refreshing and tastes great which is important to keep you more easily on track.
Below is the original recipe, even though there are many variations to it, with cucumbers and two seeded jalapeño peppers, or with fruit (strawberries, pineapple, cherries, granny smith apples) and flavored with cinnamon sticks.
Sassy Water Recipe
To make the original sassy water you will need:
- 2 liters water (8½ cups; preferably boiled or filtered)
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 average-size lemon, thinly sliced
- 12 fresh spearmint leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried mint)
- 1 teaspoon of ginger root
- 6 cups ice (optional)
Slice and seed the ingredients, then combine them all in a large pitcher, stir and leave overnight for all flavors to blend. Strain the water in the morning. For best results, you should drink the entire pitcher in one single day, during or after the three main meals. Make a fresh pitcher every day, at least over the course of four days.
The ingredients have very little caloric intake; the cucumber and lemon are natural diuretics, while the spearmint and ginger relieve bloating and soothe your gastro-intestinal tract. The ginger will also boost your metabolism.
Its creator claims you can lose up to 3 kg during those first four days, and up to 10 kg in a month. Most people who have drank sassy water agree that it works, even though results will depend on your individual metabolic rate; just like with any diet, some people lose more kilograms than others, some faster than others. Some claim the water only keeps you hydrated, but that you don’t actually lose weight.
Therefore, it is important to consider altering your overall diet and lifestyle as well, at least slightly. Add more vegetables and fruits, drink more plain water in addition to your sassy water, and exercise more.
Moreover, you can leave out one or more ingredients if you are allergic or simply don’t fancy the taste. Some people leave out the cucumber, others the ginger and/ or mint leaves, so when you browse the web for reviews about how effective sassy water really is, check that the user has actually followed the ingredients and diet duration of the original sassy water recipe.
All reviewers seem to agree that the ingredient flavors blend wonderfully, so that none is too overwhelming. Several reviewers really feel it helped them drink more water, since the 8½ cups you must drink daily from the pitcher can help you easily increase and monitor your daily water intake, and the whole amount is easy to drink because the water tastes so great.
But drinking enough water has real-life effects, such as keeping you properly hydrated and clearing your skin. By maintaining your body’s proper fluid balance, proper hydration helps prevent water retention and constipation, which is one of the main reasons of bloating.
As far as dropping those pounds is concerned, users disagree. At the very least, though, it appears that some weight loss can occur as you take in more water which should lead to a lesser food intake. Nonetheless, one reviewer reported feeling more energized, having clearer skin, and losing 20 lbs in 2.5 months with this diet. Others state it has helped them with craving.
However, as the creator of sassy water herself recommends, you will need to tweak your lifestyle in order to get the best results; for example, watch your food portions and walk daily in addition to drinking the water.
The detoxifying effect of sassy water can be too strong for some people, with frequent bowl movements, gas, even stomach cramps. While you want to see the water really working, make sure to adjust the number of cups you drink each day if 8½ is too much.
Some people may be frustrated with all the chopping involved, and with the lengthy prep time before bed. Some also feel bad about throwing out all the cucumbers and lemons before preparing a new pitcher, but as one reviewer suggests, you can try eating some of the ingredients. Another way to address wastefulness is to keep all the ingredients in the fridge and add more water as you drink throughout the day, and simply replace them every 4-5 days.
Portability can also be a problem; since you are supposed to drink the water throughout the day, this means you will have to take it with you to work, gym, etc. You obviously cannot carry that large pitcher with you, but there is an easy fix to this – simply pour some into a smaller travel bottle that you can take along.
Some reviewers claim to have found no detox, bloating elimination, or weight-loss benefit, but as one of them argues, sassy water is unlikely to make a great difference in people who already eat healthy.
Note that you will have to go to the bathroom more often given all the water you are taking in. Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid drinking sassy water, as should people with sensitive stomachs or with allergies to any of the ingredients; if you are unsure, ask your doctor first.