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Steph's Latest Skin-Helping, Weird Wellness Obsession

I like to tell myself it negates the effects of eating pizza and Sour Patch Kids.
Sakara Detox Water Concentrate, $39 for two two-ounce bottles, available here.

Sakara Detox Water Concentrate, $39 for two two-ounce bottles, available here.

If you've read any of my past Ed Picks (aw, hey, thanks!), you probably know I love a good, weird wellness potion. (See: this shiny blue skin miracle pillthis strange orange immunity goo.) So when I encountered Sakara's Detox Water Concentrate at a recent press event for the fashion-crowd-beloved health food brand, I, predictably, couldn't wait to work it into my routine.

I generally eat fairly well, but I also have a real penchant for pizza, Sour Patch Kids and a nice glass of Malbec. One thing I'm especially good about, though, is drinking lots of water — I chug it at my desk throughout the day — so tell me I can add a few drops of a magical green elixir to the beverage I'm already consuming all the time for a supposed detoxifying boost, and I'm in.

That's essentially what Sakara's drops are designed to do: The super-bright-green liquid gets its hue from chlorophyll, which the brand claims binds to toxins in the body to help more effectively eliminate them during digestion. The formula also includes magnesium, which also aids in digestion, calms anxiety and can have sleep-assisting benefits, which has made the concoction an excellent addition to my pre-bedtime ritual. And finally, it contains the brand's blend of 72 trace minerals to serve as electrolytes, help with absorption and maximize hydration. Adding the recommended five-to-six medicine droppers full of the Detox Concentrate to a glass of water makes me feel like I'm having a real self-care moment, and though I can't really say for certain, the idea that it's combatting my pizza, Sour Patch Kid and wine habits is certainly appealing.

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The drops don't really taste like much, but I have an obnoxiously sensitive palate, oddly enough, particularly when it comes to water — like, I could easily differentiate between Smartwater and Nestle Pure Life in a blind taste-test — so I do notice an ever-so-slightly soft, mineral-y sweetness when I max out the recommended dosage. The color, on the other hand, is a far more impactful sensory experience: It really does tint your water a surprising shade of green, like it's St. Patrick's Day and you decided to source your hydration from the Chicago River. Honestly, I enjoy the sidelong glances this stuff garners, and toting a grass-green bottle of Sakara-spiked water to yoga has proven to be quite a conversation starter. (I can't blame people — I'd be curious as hell, too.)

Sakara Detox Water Concentrate, $39 for two two-ounce bottles, available here.

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