The weather has been particularly scorching recently and while we all know the importance of staying hydrated, many of us still fail to drink adequate water on a daily basis. Because our bodies are made up of about 60% water, it’s important to maintain this delicate balance if we want to stay healthy and keep our organs functioning properly.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, flavouring your daily intake of water with fruits, herbs and vegetables can be a tasty way to help you meet your daily water intake.
Because we care, here are five, simple-to-make infused water recipes, that will keep you hydrated and happy:
Rosemary, Strawberry, And Ginger
The combination of rosemary and strawberry add a touch of sweetness without the need to add any sugar, and is a good recipe for those of you who like your beverage sweet but don’t want to risk diabetes.
Rosemary and ginger help with digestion and reduce any feelings of nausea. Better yet, both ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, which is a good thing. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, Just 1 cup of strawberries contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and also helps the body to produce more collagen.
To Make: Combine four stems of rosemary, one cup of sliced strawberries, and ginger chopped into chunks into a pitcher of water, add ice cubes or place it in the fridge and you are good to go!
Drinking turmeric water can do wonders for your heart. Turmeric reduces cholesterol levels and prevents atherosclerosis, which protects against blood clots and plaque buildup in the arteries.
To Make: Boil four cups of water, add two teaspoons of turmeric and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Pour into a pitcher, add two teaspoons of raw honey and lemon and stir well. Some recipes also recommend adding a teaspoon of black pepper or milk.
Mint, Cucumber, And Lemon
Mint is said to improve mood and energy levels, while cucumber is known to boost hydration, and lemon aids digestion.
To Make: Combine a handful of fresh mint leaves, 1/2 a washed cucumber thinly sliced, and the juice of 1/2 lemon in a jug of iced water.
Mint, Lemon, And Grapefruit
This combination works great for those suffering from bloating or tummy issues. Mint helps with digestion, metabolism and mental awareness. Lemon is a great antioxidant for heart health, prevents kidney stones, and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar while grapefruit reduces appetite, and lower blood pressure.
To Make: Squeeze the juice of one grapefruit and one lemon or lime into a jug. Add a large, washed cucumber cut into slices, and a large handful of mint (you can bruise the leaves to release the flavour), top it up with still or sparkling water and refrigerate.
Hibiscus, Lemon, And Honey
This is a refreshing antioxidant combo that is said to control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help with liver function.
To Make: Steep hibiscus flowers for a few minutes in boiling water, add a few slices of lemons (ensure you rinse the lemons well before cutting and adding them in) and a few teaspoons of raw honey to taste.