Put some kick in your aqua

Water is essential for us and although it’s great to drink it in its pure and natural state, there are some benefits from adding other ingredients to your water.

We all know making sure your body is well hydrated is vital – good hydration helps your kidneys function properly, aids weight loss, boosts your metabolism and helps you maintain high energy levels.  But by adding fruits and herbs to your water, you also include essential vitamins and minerals. This actually increases your chances of drinking your daily recommended water intake.

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Don’t be tempted to buy flavoured waters from the supermarket shelves, though – most contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial colourings, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar (read those labels! )

Instead, make your own infusions at home – it’s really very easy.  Simply add fresh fruit, fragrant fresh herbs and spices to filtered water and put it in the fridge. Try different combinations to find the taste you like – it’s so much better for you than fizzy drinks!

Here are some classic flavoured water ideas to get you underway:

LEMON WATER

One of my favourites – add freshly squeezed lemon juice to lukewarm water (I recommend drinking this one first thing in the morning).

Benefits: Drinking lemon water helps balance ph, boosts your immune system, aids digestion and weight loss as well as stimulating your liver. It also provides you with a great dose of vitamin C.

CUCUMBER, MINT & LEMON WATER

Ingredients:

½ a cucumber, sliced

¼ cup fresh mint leaves

½ a lemon, sliced

filtered water

This flavoured water is great for managing bloating and improving digestion.

flavoured water ideas

PINEAPPLE WATER WITH GINGER

Ingredients:

½ cup cubed pineapple

1 tablespoon freshly-grated ginger

filtered water

Benefits: This is another great infused water for your digestion – ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties.

STRAWBERRY, RASPBERRY AND BLUEBERRY WATER

Take a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, then add the filtered water and let it sit for 30 minutes. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Benefits: This water’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and tastes ‘berry’ nice too.

WATERMELON, MINT & CINNAMON WATER

Ingredients:

½ watermelon cut up in small chunks

mint leaves

cinnamon stick

filtered water

Benefits: This type of flavoured water will  help you detox. Watermelon helps the body flush out toxins. It contains citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidney during the detoxification process.

delicious flavored water with watermelon

GREEN TEA, MINT & LIME WATER

Ingredients:

Make a good quality green tea and cool it down.

Add ½ bunch of mint and some sliced lime.

Benefits: Great for fat burning and digestion.

PARSLEY WATER

Take a bunch of parsley,  cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot. Pour on clean water and boil for ten minutes. Let it cool down and then filter it and pour into a clean bottle. Put it inside refrigerator to cool.

Benefits: This is fantastic for your kidney!

These should be enough to get you started. Use your imagination and create your own flavoured water! Tell us your ideas

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