Drinking water is a key element to being fit and staying healthy.
Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because you lose water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s very important to rehydrate regularly by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.
Living a busy and active lifestyle, I find I am always focusing on what needs to get done each day, and where we need to go, forgetting the simple things in life such as taking time to drink a glass a water. Sure I drank my 2 or 3 cups of coffee today and maybe some tea. Unless my body is screaming I’m thirsty, sometimes it just doesn’t cross my mind to drink some water.
I now have a new routine wich helps me to drink plenty of water each day without having to stress whether I consumed enough and it tastes great too! Each morning I grab an empty pitcher and add ingredients such as berries, mint, lemon and or cucumber and fill with cold water. I leave my water jug and glass right on the kitchen counter wich works as a reminder. Every time I pass by the water jug I grab my glass fill it up and enjoy a delicious fruit infused hydrating glass of water. If I am on the go I simply fill a glass water bottle with the infused water and bring it with me. Making fruit infused water is so easy to do and makes drinking water so much more enjoyable and refreshing especially on a hot summer day. I tend to consume an entire pitcher a day if not more, if it gets low I simply refill it. I will remake a fresh batch with new flavours every couple of days before fruit gets too soft or old. I have put together a few of my favourite recipes for fruit infused water below to get you started . Try them out and I promise, you too will be consuming more water shortly!
Blueberry lemon infused water
6 cups water
2 lemons,cut into wedges
a handful of blueberries
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
You can also squeeze in the juice of one lemon and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit.
(You may drink immediately as I do often, but you will taste more flavour the longer you let the ingredients infuse. )
Lemon raspberry infused water
Infused with antioxidant-rich raspberries, lemon, dates and lemon essential oil, this infused water will help supercharge your body with important healing nutrients to flush out toxins, remove inflammation, reduce bloating, and help your digestive system function at its greatest!
2 cups raspberries
8 cups (64 ounces) water
1 large lemon—cut into slices
2 Medjool dates (optional but adds nice sweetness to the water)
1 drop lemon essential oil-optional
1 gallon clean glass jug
Peppermint grapefruit infused water
This infused water is not your traditional kind of water, it contains all of the components to make you feel good! It cleanses your kidneys, helps with bloating, is great for the skin and helps to detoxify your body of all bad germs.
½ gallon water
½ lemon, sliced
½ lime, sliced
½ grapefruit, sliced
1 cup cucumber, sliced
1 tsp ginger, sliced (add more if you like)
A small handful of peppermint leaves
In a large pitcher add all of your ingredients and give it a mix. Add some ice cubes if you like. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before drinking. Make a fresh jug every couple of days before the fruit gets too soft or too old. Orange slices are a nice addition to this recipe too!
There are so many combinations of fruit you can use to flavour your water. These are just a few ideas, be creative and see what’s in your kitchen . Try combining (orange + lemon + lime), (lemon + raspberry + mint), (lemon + cucumber + mint) or (blackberry + cherry + lime). To make any of these recipes, all you need to do is slice the fruit you want to use and drop them into your water. You can start drinking it right away, but will achieve more flavour if you let the flavours infuse for a few hours first. I start fresh every second day as my jug sits out on the counter most of the day, but if you keep your water refrigerated, the fruit should stay fresh longer.
Which infused water recipe will you try first? Leave your comments below! And if you liked this post, be sure to take a look at my Let’s kick-start our bodies for spring ! post to see the recipe for Jillian Michael’s detox water.