The hottest topic this summer was the fruit infused water. Basically it can be any fruit, vegetable and herb combination submerged in cold water, which apart from the delicious taste, it’s healthy and beneficial in more than one way.
When the water soaks in different types of fruit and herbs, it enhances its nutritional state. Also, by squeezing the fruit in order to extract the juice into the water, you can additionally enrich the drink.
The advantages of infused water are:
– Mood improvement.
– Body detox.
– Metabolism acceleration.
– Excess sodium release, water weight reduction.
– Muscle fatigue reduction and recovery optimization.
– Mid-day grogginess elimination.
– Boredom hunger substitution.
– Disease prevention against diabetes, obesity, cold, flu, and heart disease.
– Anti-aging properties.
– Digestion improvement; no more bloating and gas.
When compared to regular water, fruit infused water is more refreshing and flavorful, increasing the chances of bigger consumption. This is crucial, having in mind that more than 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Not drinking sufficient amount of water can cause chronic problems such as asthma and allergies, bladder or kidney problems, constipation, digestive disorders, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain or stiffness, skin disorders, sweet-tooth cravings, weight gain and constant hunger.
The trick about drinking fruit infused water is to drink it at least 20 minutes before a meal, or 1 hour after. This will provide you better digestion and absorption of whatever foods you think of eating. You should also try to drink 3-4 litres of water per day, and if you are in a position to do it, avoid tap water, and drink only filtered water, such as spring water.
Next time you feel thirsty, give these refreshing combinations of fruit infused water a try. All you have to do is let them sit for 10-15 minutes, or prepare them the night before. To avoid bitterness and get a better effect, peel off the fruit or vegetable, especially if the product isn’t organic.
If you happen to be using herbs, make certain you crush them to experience their flavor!
Combination 1: 1l water + 1 lemon, sliced + 1 tbsp. fresh thyme
Combination 2: 1l water + 4 strawberries, sliced + 2 sprigs mint + 4-5 chunks honeydew
Combination 3: 1l water + 1 orange, sliced + 2 star anise + 1 hibiscus flower
Combination 4: 1l water + 1 lime, sliced + 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, sliced + 1 tbsp fresh basil
Combination 5: 1l water + 1 lemon, sliced + 1/2 cup raspberries + 2 tsp. fresh rosemary
Combination 6: 1l water + 1 orange, sliced + 1/2 cup blueberries
Combination 7: 1l water + 1/4 cup sliced cucumber + 1 lime, sliced + 1/2 cup raspberries
Combination 8: 1l water + 1/2 grapefruit, sliced + 1/4 cup sliced cucumber + 2-3 basil leafs