We’ve got a huge secret that will help you drink more water and feel like a million bucks. What if you could add flavor and nutrients to your daily H2O intake without introducing artificial ingredients? Actually, it’s not much of a secret. We’re talking about infused water. If you frequent Pinterest or health blogs, you’ve definitely ran across a pic or two of these prettied up beverages. At first glance it’s like, ok, strawberries and basil in my water. Probably tastes ok, but why? If I’m not meant to actually eat it, what’s the point? We’re glad you asked!
Basically, throwing fruit, herbs, and veggies into your water creates a naturally nutrient packed super drink – all without added calories or fructose. All the natural goodness you normally get from eating these foods seeps into your water, leaving the unwanted extras safely tucked away from your lips. So when you drink it, double whammy! Here are a few recipes to try out and their benefits.
Ditch the Belly Bloat
Drinking water on its own is a fabulous way to reduce bloating. But, add in some water rich foods and you’ll up the ante in getting rid of those bubble guts. Cucumber, lime and mint make a delicious and refreshing combo. Or try a watermelon, pineapple and mint mix. You’ll be swinging on a hammock in Hawaii in no time (in spirit at least).
Several things could be affecting your digestive system from stress to a not so well planned out lunch. But, fruit infused water can help undo some of the discomfort. Try strawberry, kiwi and sage. The fruit in this mix helps with blood sugar regulation, which also contributes to tummy issues, and the sage promotes relaxation. Take a sip and let your food settle, ladies.
Antioxidants do wonders for the skin. They help suck free-radicals out of your system not only helping you on the outside but also on the inside. Try a dark berry mix and add either pomegranate seeds or cranberries to get an extra dose of those anti-o’s.
Trying to lose a few pounds? Infused water can help with that. Start with iced green tea and kick it up a notch by adding tangerines, lime and a few mint leaves. Tangerines stimulate genes that promote a healthy metabolism while mint has the ability to sooth hunger pains. The lime adds a nice kick and a bit of extra hydration which helps the body flush fat more effectively.
Who are we kidding – every now and then we get carried away in the celebratory spirit and throw back one too many tequila drinks. Infused water to the rescue! This is the simplest recipe, but has incredible benefits: water and lemon. That’s it. Lemons do quite a number on ridding your kidneys of excess calcium – say buh-bye to the possibility of kidney stones. Not to mention, loads of vitamin C to help support your immune system which alcohol totally corrupts.
These are just a few of the more popular combos. Experiment with your favorite raw foods, you could come up with something pretty sensational! And if you’re wondering how to drink your water without the mix-ins smacking you in the nose at every gulp, every health store (and a few grocery chains) sell water bottles made specifically to keep your water’s new accessories in place.