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You’ve probably heard about the delicious, trending beverage called “infused water,” and you may be wondering what it’s all about. Infused water, or detox water, is blended with various fruits and herbs that can have enormous health benefits. In addition to just keeping you hydrated, this garnished water can help alleviate a number of uncomfortable symptoms -- a great reason to start incorporating it into your daily routine. Find out what infused water can do for you, and learn the health benefits of some popular recipes.
Infused water is not only aesthetically appealing but also allows you to naturally consume more vitamins and nutrients. This popular trend is making headway with combinations only limited by the imagination. Some research suggests that approximately 20 percent of the vitamins and nutrients in selected fruits and vegetables may be absorbed when placed in water for a couple of hours or left overnight. The enhanced taste is another reason why people are raving about this new type of drink.
In addition to increasing your vitamin intake, infused water can also increase your natural water consumption. Water helps to speed up your body’s metabolism, boost energy levels, prevent cramping, and many other important benefits... but not everyone enjoys the taste of "plain" water. People who normally prefer a flavorful soda or juice over water now have a much healthier, tasty option.
To start making your infused water, chop up the desired fruits, herbs, and spices; then add them to cold or hot water. Some cold infused waters may require up to 12 hours in the fridge. Speed up the process by bruising or crushing the fruit or herbs. Citrus fruits are quickly absorbed, while those planning a combination with berries or herbs may want to let the beverage infuse for a longer period.
Do you need some inspiration? Pinterest is chock full of interesting recipes, but some popular combinations include:
Oranges are full of vitamin C, which can serve to boost the immune system. Ginger provides anti-inflammatory effects which aid in joint pain, and it’s also known for helping with digestion and nausea. Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants and fiber, which are thought to aid in cancer prevention. Mint may help reduce IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms and also enhance cognitive functions.
The antioxidants found in apples have been proven to help reduce neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Apples are also recommended for those with high cholesterol and diabetes. Blackberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and fiber. Vitamin C and K both play a large role in bone and blood vessel health. A vitamin K deficiency can even result in fractures and bruising / bleeding more easily.
Turmeric is a tasty spice that can also ease inflammation and pain and also help improve heart health. Lemons also have numerous health benefits, such as strengthening hair, skin, and teeth; boosting your immune system; aiding in digestion and weight loss; and reducing fevers.
There are countless other combinations to explore, but these are just a few of the health benefits you can receive from the options listed above.
Starting each day with a glass of fruit-infused water will ensure you get the most out of all the health benefits. Since consuming water helps with weight loss and metabolic function, a glass in the morning and before each meal will provide the best results. Research has shown even drinking ½ liter prior to each meal can have an effect on weight loss.