Infused Water Recipes To Help You Stay Hydrated
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Water is a major component to your body and it is essential that you make sure that you are drinking enough of it. Your body is composed of 72% water and because you are made up of that much water, you have to make sure that you are replenishing what you have lost during the day. Not replenishing the water you have lost can lead to dehydration, which has its own set of complications when it is left to go too far.
Water helps you to detox your body and the only thing you have to do is increase your consumption of water. When you drink water, it helps to remove toxins from your body through your intestines, lymphatic system and kidneys.
Drinking water also helps with weight loss, which is a great reason to increase your water intake. When you are properly hydrated, the water helps to increase your metabolic rate, which in turn, helps you to burn fat faster, therefore leading to weight loss.
It also helps improve your energy levels. Do you usually feel sluggish during the middle or end of the day? Drink more water. If you are just a little bit tired, your body could just be a little dehydrated and need more water.
However, it is completely understandable to become bored with regular water. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your water can not only help improve the taste and give you something different to look forward to, but certain combinations of fruits and vegetables can work wonders for your body!
Check out these delicious, hydrating combinations:
Cucumber + Strawberry + Kiwi
Cucumber skin contains a type of fiber called insoluble fiber which increases the bulk of your stool. Strawberries are also a great source of dietary fiber. Both cucumbers and strawberries aid in moving food through your digestive tract more easily so that you can have a more healthy elimination. Kiwi contains a type of enzyme that helps to break down protein found in food. Kiwi can also help relieve constipation as it carries laxative effects.
Lime + Orange + Lemon
Limes help you lose weight and also aids in improving digestion and relief from constipation. Lime is also beneficial in being used as treatment for piles, peptic ulcers, scurvy and urinary disorders. Oranges also help in relieving constipation. They are full of dietary fiber that helps to stimulate digestive juices that help in relieving constipation.
For added help in digestion, also add a slice of lemon to your water. Lemon juice is very similar to the digestive juices found in your stomach, which tricks your liver into producing bile and bile helps to keep food moving through your body. Adding lemon can also help with indigestion or an upset stomach.
Throw together these combos with some nice, chilled water and enjoy the sensation of being hydrated. Know any other yummy water infusion combinations? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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