My lemon water regime seemingly has worked well with my usual diet of fewer carbs and more protein and fruits. But I’ve been struggling to maintain my weight as I’ve been (stress-) eating a lot of sweets due to traveling for work and all other kinds of busyness. In short, I didn’t have the time to be healthy.
So I’ve reverted to the old me by doing old habits, like waking up early in the morning to exercise and trying to eat healthy as much as possible. I wanted to step up my zesty regime, so I recently visited a local fruit store and followed some infused water recipes.
The nice thing with infused water is that it’s very easy to do: get fruits and herbs, mix them, and there you go! Create your own mix at the comfort of your home or prepare it on the beach before you them. Fruits have certain levels of natural fructose, a type of simple sugar considered as a “safe sweetener,” as well as fiber. Having real fruits is definitely much better and healthier than adding powdery mixes and refined sugars to water.
Here’s a rundown of the health benefits of fruits, herbs, and vegetables you can add to your infused water:
– Basil has high levels of antioxidants and essential oil compounds that boost immunity and protection from disease
– Blueberries have natural plant compounds that have a powerful antioxidant effect, as well as essential minerals to help maintain healthy bones
– Cantaloupe is a low-calorie fruit and a great source of vitamins A and C to protect eye health
– Cucumber contains organic compounds which may help reduce the risk of several cancers
– Lemons are a natural detoxifier that supports weight loss and promotes hydration
– Lime helps rejuvenate the skin and fights infections
– Mint is a popular aromatic herb that can work as a relaxant; it can help treat nausea and headache
– Oranges contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and other minerals that support heart health
– Peaches contain high levels of potassium to help metabolic processes and regulate muscular tissues
– Pineapples have the recommended values of vitamin C and other minerals to help boost the immune and skeletal systems
– Strawberries have fiber and fructose contents that can help regulate blood sugar levels
– Watermelons have significant levels of lycopene and antioxidants that are linked to heart and bone health and prostate cancer prevention
There’s a lot of mixes that you can do, but just remember that keep your infused water refrigerated and consume them immediately. Those natural compounds and minerals you can see above can react differently in certain temperatures, hence the mixture can become a water solution and turn acidic (giving it a sour taste akin to diluted vinegar).
Anyway, here’s our recent article about easy-to-do drinks at home. Enjoy!