Unless it’s really hot outside, I hate drinking water. It’s so plain and disgusting, especially straight from the tap without ice. Unfortunately, water is not only part of a balanced breakfast but it’s approximately 65 percent of our bodily make-up, thus making regular consumption of it a requirement for optimal health. So I have no choice but to drink it, but when water gets bland and boring – as it often does – I’ve got to shake things up – and I prefer to do so with fruit infused water.
Fruit infused water is pretty self-explanatory: water that’s infused with fruit to impart juicy flavor in your tastebuds. Juicing up your water with natural fruit flavoring not only makes for a delicious alternative to plain water and sugary juice drinks, but also detoxes and energizes you. And yes, it does a way better job than Red Bull, caffeine and the infamous Vitamin Water, which is chock full of food coloring, chemicals and tons of sugar.
Recipes for Fruit Infused Water
Making fruit infused water is pretty easy. All you need are fruit and fresh herbs. A few simple ingredients go a long way – and the flavor combinations are pretty infinite. You can use an infusion pitcher to steep the fruit and herb flavorings in your water, or you can add the fruit straight to your water. Just remember to let your water sit for at least 30 minutes prior to drinking.
Here are some popular recipes for fruit infused H2O, including their benefits:
Note: Drinking water at room temperature is recommended for quickest absorption.
Cucumber, lime and lemon are optimal for bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion and weight management.
Green tea, mint and lime are ideal for fat burning, digestion, congestion, headaches and freshening your breath.
Lemon, lime and orange are obviously great for vitamin C. You can also sip this combination for immune defense and heartburn.
Strawberry and kiwi are great in combination for cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation and digestion.
Ginger, cucumber, lemon and spearmint are the ingredients in ever-popular Sassy Water, which is known for cutting fat and increasing hydration levels. This recipe combination is most recognized in conjunction with the Flat Belly Diet. It relieves bloating and is a natural diuretic. Make it before bedtime, let it steep overnight and drink it throughout the day.