Even in the winter months we can get dehydrated. That’s why we need to keep our water bottle handy. But sometimes, especially if we recently gave up our favorite soda, water gets boring. Citrus-infused water may be just the trick to drinking more water. You can easily add a slice of lemon to your water, or even a slice of orange. Infusing water with fruit or herbs is really simple. Making our own flavored water saves you from artificial sugars, preservatives and carbonation found in commercially available flavored waters.
Fill a pitcher with water, add thinly sliced fruits, cucumbers, herbs or spices, and chill in the refrigerator. You also can add sliced fresh fruit to a reusable water bottle. Some fruits work better than others. Berries will tend to break down faster than hardier citrus fruits like lemons or limes. For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator overnight before drinking.
The citrus slices are all great sources of vitamin C. Adding mint or ginger is also refreshing and soothes upset stomachs.
Recipe: Citrus-infused water
This recipe is naturally detoxing by flushing the body of toxins. Drink 1-2 glasses a day. Mix together in pitcher and steep overnight in the refrigerator.
- 12 cups of water
- 1 medium cucumber sliced
- 1 lemon sliced
- 10 mint leaves
Citrus fruits help speed up the metabolism, curb hunger, and prevent fat storage. Citrus also help with absorption of nutrients from other foods.