Let it be the summer or any other season, you require to stay hydrated. Water can aid flush out toxins, boost metabolism, helps weight loss, enhances digestion, keeps your skin bright, healthy, and what not! Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could enrich water with some nutrients and make it visually more alluring? Because, , how many of us really remember to drink water? These colorful and delicious water recipes, enriched with the goodness of fruits, spices, and herbs, will get your attention and be immensely beneficial for you.
Drinking plain water has never really been a complication for everyone. You have probably heard you’re supposed to drink about five liters of water each day or else maybe more, depending on age, lifestyle, and also your body type.
Luckily, by filling your water with a few fruits, veggies, and herbs, you can easily make that H2O a little sweeter or spicier. Try out these pretty simple and intensely flavorful infused water recipes to up your intake without even trying.
We all know the significance of hydrating ourselves, but do you actually do it? I know I don’t! Water is so plain without having any taste, so why not spruce it up by infusing it with fruits and veggies. Besides it also looks so pretty, doesn’t it–kinda makes you want to drink it by appearance.
Firstly you should know the link between human body and water.
The Human Body And Water
The average human being is 50-65% water and every cell, tissue and organ in your body need water in order to function at its best. Water is used to maintain the body’s temperature, seperate waste and keep joints loose and mobile, so in essence, water is pretty essential to our everyday lives! The number of people do not drink enough water daily however, which means the water we lose through sweating, going to the toilet, and even breathing, is not being replaced; this is what leads to dehydration.
Few Symptoms Of Dehydration
Dehydration generally range from a mild thirst to more serious conditions like dizziness and headaches. Here are a some of the few symptoms of dehydration:
Sleepiness/lack of energy
If you feel that you may be getting dehydrated, it’s essential not to wait until you find the symptoms appear and try to keep well hydrated throughout the day, especially if it’s hot. If you feel the signs of dehydration coming on, take action and drink large amount of water to boost your hydration levels and stay healthy and active.
How Much Water Should We Drink?
Currently recommended regular water limits vary, but number of people aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water in a day which is a reasonable goal for most of the people. As with everything however, various people need different amounts of water and an athlete exercising in the heat will need far more water to stay hydrated than say an inactive person in the winter. Most of the people can stay well hydrated by simply drinking when they are thirsty, but others, such as elite athletes may need to drink more to keep up with the water they are losing through exercise on a regular basis. Checking your urine regularly can be a good sign of hydration levels and if your urine is colourless or it is in light yellow, you know that your body is well-hydrated. If your urine is in dark yellow or amber coloured however, it may be time to drink a bit more amount of water as this can be a symptom of dehydration.
Why Does Dehydration Occur?
Dehydration is a indication that your body, organs, cells and tissues need more water to function properly. When the weather is hot, we lose more water by sweating so it’s very essential to stay hydrated and drink large amount of of fluids certainly during the summer months. Exercise can generally lead to dehydration as we sweat more when exercising and lose electrolytes used to keep the body functioning. As we get older, we may also be at a higher risk of getting dehydration as the brain may not be able to sense dehydration symptoms as easily. Few medical conditions such as kidney stones and infections can also enhance our risk of dehydration, as can being pregnant and suffering with fever. Drinking little amounts but often is a easy way to decrease the risk of dehydration.
The general causes of dehydration are not taking in enough water, losing too much water, or a combination of both. Additional causes include
We all know that drinking water regularly is essential for our general health and wellbeing, but do we know why? Below you can know everything about water. So, get ready with your chopping board and knife. Let’s make some magic!
1. Refreshing Mint Infused Water
10 to 15 mint leaves
1 and a half liter water.
You can finely cut all the mint leaves or just put them into a jar filled with one liter of water.
Hold for 7 minutes for the water to taste minty fresh.
As you all know mint leaves have a cooling effect. They help in proper digestion and consists anti-tumor, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
2. Apple Cinnamon Infused Water
¼ red apple
2-inch cinnamon stick.
1 and half liter water.
Keep the cinnamon in a 1-liter jar of water and wait for overnight.
Now thinly slice the apple quarter and add to the cinnamon jar in the morning.
Let it hold for 20 to 25 minutes for the apple to release its flavor into the water.
Apples contain an abundant number of phytonutrients that help to lower bad cholesterol levels and fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, and asthma.
Cinnamon helps weight loss, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It also decreases cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
3. Orange Ginger Infused Water
1-inch ginger root
Squash the ginger root by using a mortar and pestle.
Slice the orange into medium pieces with the peel on.
Add the crushed ginger and orange slices to a 1- 1 ½ liter jar of water.
Let it hold in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
Oranges are rich in few antioxidants and vitamin C which can prevent DNA damage and protect the heart.
Ginger aids to decrease inflammation and muscle pain prevents cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and promotes gastrointestinal health.
4. Black Grape Lime Infused Water
10-15 black grapes
Cut the black grapes in half and the lime into medium slices.
Add the finely cut black grapes and lime to a jar or bottle filled with one liter of water.
Let it steep for 20-30 minutes. Now you can enjoy your drink!
Black grapes inhibit cancer cell proliferation, lower cholesterol, and also suppress platelet aggregation.
Limes are enriched source of vitamin C. They help relieve arthritis, stimulate digestion, stops hair fall, and fight cold and cough.
5. Strawberry Cucumber Infused Water
15 cucumber slices
1 liter of water.
How To Prepare?
Cut slices of strawberries.
Toss the strawberry slices and also cucumber slices into a 1 and half-liter bottle or jar of water.
Let it keep aside for 5-7 minutes and then you can drink it.
Strawberries aid to decrease inflammation, prevent diabetes and insulin resistance and may help to fight different types of cancer.
Cucumbers are low in calories and contains high amount of water content, and it can help lower cholesterol, lowers skin rashes, and flush out toxins.
6. Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water
1 rosemary sprig
Add the rosemary sprig to a jar or bottle filled with 1 liter of water and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator.
You can make circular slices or small wedges of the grapefruit.
Add this grapefruit slices to the bottle in the morning.
Wait for 10-15 minutes and then drink it up.
Grapefruit generally aids to reduce weight and increase insulin sensitivity.
Rosemary helps to stop neurodegeneration and brain inflammation.
7. Lemon Lavender Wonder Infused Water
10 thin slices of lemon
1 sprig of lavender
Add the lemon slices and lavender to a 1-liter jar or bottle of water.
Let it steep in the refrigerator for an hour. Your refreshing drink is ready to serve!
Lemons are enriched with vitamin C that aids to flush out toxins, boosts immunity, and aids weight loss.
Lavender aids to reduce stress, treat parasitic infections and relieve spasms.
8. Iced Strawberry Basil Infused Water
5 basil leaves
Thinly cut the strawberries.
Finely chop the basil leaves.
Toss the strawberry slices and chopped basil leaves into a 1-liter jar or bottle of water.
Let it keep aside for 10 minutes.
Strawberries help decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, protect from obesity-related diseases, and fight different types of cancer.
Basil leaves are filled with antioxidants and aid to flush out toxins and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
9. Cranberry Ginger Infused Water
2-inch ginger root
Crush the ginger root using a mortar and pestle.
Toss the crushed ginger root and cranberries into a jar filled with a liter of water.
Let it keep aside for four hours in the refrigerator. Now you can drink.
Cranberries stop bacterial infections in the urinary tract, stomach, and mouth cavity. They can also prevent cardiovascular diseases and fight cancer.
Ginger helps to decrease inflammation and muscle pain prevents cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and assists gastrointestinal health.
10. Gooseberry Cumin Infused Water
10 gooseberry slices
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 liter water
Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to a 1 liter of water and let it steep overnight.
Add the gooseberry slices in the morning.
Allow it to steep for 10-20 minutes, and then you can drink it.
Gooseberries are helpful in curing digestive disorders. They also decrease inflammation and have liver protective, antioxidant, kidney protective, and neuroprotective properties.
Cumin seeds enhance digestion, protect from cold and cough, and stimulate the menstrual cycle.
11. Star Fruit Pineapple Infused Water
5-6 slices of star fruit
10 medium slices of pineapple
1 liter water.
How To Prepare
Mix the star fruit and pineapple slices to a jar containing a liter of water.
Let it keep aside for 15 minutes.
Star fruits are an outstanding source of antioxidants and can also improve the lipoprotein levels.
Bromelain is an active compound found in pineapples. It helps to treat angina, diarrhea, arthritis, sinusitis, and surgical trauma.
12. Rose Petal Fennel Seed Infused Water
20 rose petals
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 liter water.
Toss the rose petals and fennel seeds in a 1-liter jar of water.
Let it steep for few hours in the refrigerator.
Rose petals aid relieve stress, uplift your mood, treat digestive problems, and improve bowel movement.
Fennel seeds help improve digestion, stops DNA mutation, and contains anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and anticancer properties.
13. Peach Mint Infused Water
1 medium-sized peach
1 bowl of mint leaves
1 liter water.
Finely slice the peach.
Toss the peach and mint leaves into a jar containing one liter of water.
Let it steep for 10 minutes. And now it’s ready to serve.
Peaches contain vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B, lycopene, beta-carotene, and flavonoids that promote cell regeneration and help to rejuvenate your body.
Mint leaves have a cooling effect. They help in digestion and consists anti-tumor, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
14. Mango Basil Infused Water
10 thin slices of mango
10 basil leaves
How To Prepare?
Add the mango slices, and basil leaves to a jar or bottle containing one liter of water.
Let it steep for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Mangoes aid proper digestion, strengthen metabolism, regulate blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and improve insulin sensitivity.
Basil leaves are loaded with antioxidants which helps to flush out toxins and inhibit cancer cell proliferation.
These above-infused water recipes are best and super easy to make, which are rich in nutrients, and help you fight different diseases and also symptoms. Try these water recipes and make your regular drinking water tastier and healthier. Stay hydrated, and you will see a reduction in your body weight and health problems and a tremendous increase in brain function. So, get started right away!
Dt. Mukta Agrawal is a qualified dietitian and has done her post-graduation in clinical nutrition and dietetics, she has done her specialization in diabetes and cardiac care and also she is a certified bariatric nutritionist. She is a lifestyle coach and diabetic educator. She has 12 plus years of experience in the field of health and fitness industry. Mukta is passionate about educating people regarding the truths and myths of health through the INLIFE Blog. Her belief in the fact that good health is for everyone is one of the highlights of her writing.