Healthy Flavored Water You Can Make at Home

Americans seem to carry bottled water everywhere they go these days. In fact, it has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). But water lovers got a jolt recently when we heard that a new report had found that the benefits of drinking water may have been oversold. Apparently, the old suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, not based on scientific evidence. If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer.

This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. However, it is not uncommon for athletes to lose up to 6-10% of their water weight via sweat.

Infusing water with the essence of fruits, herbs, and other botanicals helps you drink plenty of liquids without the downside of excess calories, sugars, and artificial flavorings. It’s beneficial hydration in every refreshing sip.

Below are 5 combinations you can try:

1. Apples and Cinnamon

Apple cinnamon water is one of several infused waters that has been populating the Internet recently, and part of the pitch accompanying the photos and recipes is that this flavored water has no calories (and thus could help with weight loss), is an energy booster, and/or has detox powers.

  • 5 thinly sliced apples
  • 5 whole cinnamon sticks

2. Minty Cucumber Lime

Cucumber water has been around for a very long time – years before the fruit infused water craze began.Water with cucumber has been served at day spas and health clubs all over the world for decades, mostly due to its health benefits and great taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 sliced lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

3. Slightly Spicy

Limes, even though acidic, are alkaline within our bodies. In other words, when paired with water, limes restore the body’s pH balance, which is important for digestion.This is an intense combo, so you can enjoy it right away. If you steep too long, the flavors overpower the delicate taste – the reason we love cucumber water in the first place!

Ingredients:

  • 2 thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 2 seeded and sliced jalapeno peppers

4. Strawberry-Lemon with Basil

Adding basil to water gives it an amazing freshness and the fruit adds just the right amount of sweet tang.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

5. Pineapple-Orange with Ginger

  • 1/2 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1/2 orange, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Ginger is known to be great at increasing energy levels. It also assists the body in absorbing nutrients as well as relieving tired muscles. Orange, on the other hand, is known for regulating blood pressure and relieving constipation. Meanwhile, pineapple contains a lot of antioxidants which help fight against cancer.

Materials:

  • 1-quart jar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Water
  • Agave (optional)

Instructions:

Place the fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of the jar. Then mash-upthe fruit and stir using a wooden spoon and fill the jar with water and taste.

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