Infused water or detox water, as it’s commonly referred to, is the perfect summer thirst quencher!
This refreshing drink is a combination of fruits, veggies, and/or herbs that are immersed in water. It’s packed with natural sugar from the fruit but no added refined sugar making it the best option because it doesn’t have the negative effects on the body.
Here’s what you do know:
Water is good for you. You’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water daily for proper hydration plus a laundry list of other amazing benefits. The not so amazing truth though is that water is tasteless and boring so it’s kind of difficult to make a commitment like that to something so blah.
We also know that sodas are bad for you. Although they taste good going down, sodas contain outrageous amounts of refined sugar that pretty much set you up to gain unwanted weight.
Why I started drinking infused water and its benefits:
I initially got into drinking infused water to detox my body and increase my water intake. The best part of it all, not only does infused water taste great but it’s actually great for you and easy to make.
Some of my favs for you to try out:
Lemon, cucumber and mint leaves – This combination helps to detox the body and aids in weight loss. I usually drink this combo first thing in the morning and throughout the day before meals.
Cucumbers are a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-5, potassium, Vitamin K. The cool and refreshing cucumber is perfect for skin health, the lemon works to stimulate the liver making it great for detoxification, and the mint leaves actually help with digesting, nausea, and headaches.
Pineapple and watermelon – This one tastes amazing! Pineapples aid in digestive health, contain disease-fighting antioxidants and may reduce the risk of cancer. Watermelon is high in antioxidants, may improve heart health, may lower inflammation, and may relieve muscle soreness.
Oranges – Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, which helps build your immune system. It also helps to alkalize your body. I very rarely catch a cold.
Other benefits include preventing skin damage, lowering cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of cancer.
Apples and cinnamon (stick) – Not only does this one taste amazing, but it’s also heart healthy! It’s best to use a cinnamon stick rather than the powder because the powder can get chalky and clog your straw. This is a great mix because apples and cinnamon raise your metabolism.
Cinnamon has many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, fighting diabetes, and helping relieve arthritis pain.
Here are a couple of points to consider when infusing:
I usually use a 32oz Mason jar for my individual consumption. You can use as much or as little fruit and herbs to taste. The more you add the stronger the infusion.
Take all your favorite fruits and get creative and have fun. You don’t have to follow a specific combination of fruits and herbs unless you’re trying to accomplish a specific goal.
Let your water infuse for at least 30mins before drinking.
For best taste, infuse overnight.
Make sure you keep it refrigerated when you’re not drinking it because leaving your infused water at room temperature for more than 2 hours will cause bacteria to develop.
Purchasing an infusion pitcher is optional, not mandatory.
LaNika, A Grown Ass Black Woman