Most people don’t drink enough water and this is one thing that is simple to change and can make a significant difference to your health.
It naturally raises your metabolism and aids with the detoxification process as it helps flush toxins from the organs and encourages your body release fat cells. Fruit infused water recipes are helpful to drink more water.
All functions and all cells in the body require water and oxygen, the oxygen in water is carried from cell to cell and this helps with cognitive and nerve functions.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Water also helps us lose weight
It enables the liver to metabolize stored fat quicker and helps the health of our skin and nails. We need to be drinking roughly 2 – 3 litres a day depending on if you are male or female and your level of activity during the day
I know that sometimes drinking plain water can seem rather boring but there are a number of ways spice it up, or juice it up. The easiest and simplest way is to slice fruit or vegetables of your choice into bite sized pieces, place in a 1 litre jar, add water and then seal with a lid.
Leave the water in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the flavours to seep in.
Here are a few of my favourite combinations – try these and make up your own as you go along:
Lemon and Ginger: lemon helps to aid digestion and ginger helps to boost the immune system.
Blueberries and Lime: blueberries are packed with anti-oxidants and limes help hair, skin and nails. You can also switch the blueberries for strawberries or raspberries.
Apple and Cinnamon: apples have a number of benefits including maintaining bone and tissue health and cinnamon helps boost the metabolism and fight infections
Cucumber and Raspberry: Cucumber is hydrating and flushes out toxins, and raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties
Grapes: contain cancer-fighting and cleansing compounds.
Pineapple and mint: Pineapple is anti-inflammatory and helps relieve joint pain and arthritis. Mint supports the digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes.
Mint and Lime: Helps with digestion, headaches, congestion and freshens breath
Strawberry and Kiwi: Helps with cardiovascular health, boosts the immune system, regulates blood sugar and aids digestion
Cucumber, Lime and Lemon: Helps with water retention, reduces bloating, increases hydration and improves digestion
Lemon, Lime and Orange: Helps with digestion, immune defense and heartburn
Chia Seeds: adding chia seeds to your water will also up it’s nutritional content and help to keep you fuller for longer, it boosts your energy, ups your Omega 3 intake and they help with hydration as they can absorb up to 10 times their own weight in water.
I love adding chia seeds, but appreciate this is not for everyone – they do go gelatinous when in water, it makes them easier to swallow but this texture may not be for everyone.
Just a note of caution in that you won’t get all the nutrients you need from these infusions and they won’t cure anything but they can help and are much more beneficial than most of the other sugar laden drinks out there.
I always recommend drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning and as you will notice I love adding lemons to most of my water, the reason for this is that lemons do so much more than just flavor your water.
Lemons have so many health benefits!
Polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in lemons helps in slowing weight gain and improve insulin function, may lower the risk of developing cancer and even help to prevent the common cold.
The citric acid helps the body to maintain the proper body pH and this helps the cells in the body to remain healthy and this can help in preventing cancer, heart disease and helps with fatigue. It helps to keep the kidneys healthy which are essential, our kidneys help the body maintain proper hydration.
Lemons are also high in Vitamin C which helps with your immune system as well as the production of collagen needed to healing wounds
It is easy to enjoy a healthy and flavored drink without the added sugars and chemicals found in most other drinks. Start off the day by drinking warm water with lemon and then do some experimenting.
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