Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – water is an essential part of our diets. Who said water has to be boring and tasteless? You can certainly dress it up and cut-out the sugary juices and soda by simply adding these fruits and herbs to your water today.
Lemon, Lime, & Cucumber
Lemon and Lime help your body fight infection, cleanse your kidneys, reduce swelling and inflammation, combat and prevent bloating, and support healthy skin. Cucumbers are high in pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) , so they will keep your complexion clear and your blood pressure low. When these three are combined, you’re guaranteed to drink more water and rack up on the benefit. You can also add Mint to receive added benefits and spruce things up.
Watermelon and Mint
Watermelon adds several nutrients to add to your water, with it being vitamin C and lycopene-rich. Lycopene is an antioxidant in red or pink fruits or vegetables that has many health benefits from heart health, sun protection, to the prevention of cancer. Vitamin C also promotes heart health, while protecting your immune system and keeping your complexion clear. Adding in Mint can add to flavor and lower stress levels.
Raspberry lemonade is great for quenching thirst on hot summer days, but it can be packed full of sugars and other harmful ingredients. Instead, you can simply add raspberries and lemon slices to your water to reap the benefits, sans the sugar. Raspberries pack a mixture of antioxidants that are good for disease prevention and promoting eye health and vision. Add a sprig of mint to kick up the flavor.
Orange and Blueberry
Oranges not only have Vitamin C, which helps to prevent infection and maintain complexion, but they also act as a fat burner, turning fat into energy so that it is not stored on your waist. Blueberries are a great addition for supporting heart health.
Ginger and Lemon
Ginger is great for weight loss and for overall health, as it fights germs, illness, inflammation, and prevents cancer. Combining this root (by letting it soak overnight) with Lemon, you create a body cleansing cocktail.
Apple and Cinnamon
Apples are known to keep you feeling full longer, while Cinnamon is natural ingredient that speeds up your metabolism. When you combine the two, you can promote weight loss and give yourself an amazing energy boost. You can also add in some Apple Cider Vinegar if you are feeling bold.
Whether you need to increase your water intake because you’re feeling lethargic, stepping up your workouts, or trying to flush out toxins for weight loss, these 6 recipes will be sure to add a flavorful punch to this rather ‘tasteless’ necessity. Make your water pretty, while simultaneously incorporating more nutrients and antioxidants to your diet today!