Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.Stephen Curry
Hello! My name is Luanna! And I don’t drink enough water! I know, I know….The benefits of water consumption are endless for one’s health. Just last month, Harvard Medical School published an article on the benefits of drinking water, especially for older adults, and the positive impact it makes on the human body. They include:
carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
flushing bacteria from your bladder
normalizing blood pressure
stabilizing the heartbeat
protecting organs and tissues
regulating body temperature
maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance
For larger gatherings, like — casual dinners or parties on the patio, — I serve water to my guests in a large glass pitcher with some simple cut citrus. It’s a beautiful and colorful presentation, and can serve as a palate cleanser to start your meal.
Here are a few recipes that are part of my new infused water routine. Try out some of these recipes, and let me know which ones are your favorites. And please share your own special combinations that motivate you towards hydration!
Key Ingredients: Orange, Lime
The acidity in lime improves digestion and the high Vitamin C levels boost one’s immune system and fights inflammation.
Orange Blueberry Water
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that help prevent disease and keep our brains sharp. Combined with the Vitamin C of the orange, it’s a win-win!
Grapefruit Rosemary Water
The nutrients of Grapefruit can protect against heart disease, and assist in weight loss.
The beauty of this lovely combination is that you can make it for your water of the day. Or it’s a great base for a cocktail — substituting flat water with sparkling water.
Lemon Cucumber Thyme Water
This is one of my favorites. The citrus from the lemon is bright and fresh, and the cucumber has an additional layer of flavor. I’m partial to the cucumber flavor in water, though for some it may be more of an acquired taste. The addition of the citrus and thyme create a perfect balance.
One can almost call this a Vitamin C booster because the lemon, cucumber and thyme are all loaded with this key vitamin. Cucumbers also contain a lot of potassium, as well as smaller amounts of magnesium and vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, this is a terrific cold elixir.
Strawberry Pineapple Water
Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory fruit, namely bromelain, — a mixture of enzymes that are particularly beneficial in post-workout recovery and muscle soreness. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, folic acid, and; potassium.
Cucumber, Lemon, Mint & Ginger
Ginger, in small amounts, can add a new dimension to your water combination. It’s a great source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as calcium, iron and magnesium. It can improve nausea, coughing, and chest congestion.
Stay hydrated. Stay healthy!