Quench Your Thirst: Fruit-Infused Water

It’s probably not coincidence that most of the healthiest people in your life always have a Nalgene or Camelbak in tow.  Drinking water is an essential part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  And although research proves that you do not have to drink the presumed 8 glasses of water a day, there are still many health benefits to drinking some water daily.

Most of us drink water like a camel — we have a ton sometimes and then go stretches without any hydration.  (By the way, a camel can consume 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes and then can go weeks without drinking).  It’s very important for humans to not only stay hydrated, but drink water as a healthy habit.   According to the Mayo Clinic, water makes up about 60 percent of our body’s weight.  It also flushes out toxins in vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a “moist environment” for ears, nose, and throat tissues.  Most experts recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.  If you weigh 180 pounds, that’s 90 oz of water!  How can you possibly drink that much water, especially if you prefer other beverages or aren’t used to drinking any water at all?  Try fruit-infused water.

img_5674There are several fresh ideas for making your daily water intake that much sweeter.  From lemon and mint to cucumber and strawberry or watermelon and honeydew, there are endless permutations and combinations for the tastiest water for you.  And whether your taste buds prefer citrus, berry, or herbs, there are many ways to reach your perfect fruit-infused water.  Presenting some sliced fruits and herb springs in a  mason jar is the aesthetic route, whereas a fruit infuser bottle is the best vehicle for fruity water on-the-go or during exercise.  For a picnic or dinner party, a pitcher with a filter or cover can also be a great asset to your meal, keeping your party hydrated but also adding a natural element.

Whether you are looking for recipes for something refreshing or recipes for weight loss, fruit-infused water is not only a great detox but also a great alternative to soda, coffee, alcohol, or other beverages you may be trying to stay away from.  Did you happen to give up Diet Coke for Lent?  Add some produce to your H2O.  You really can’t go wrong with any combination!  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • strawberry + basil
  • blueberry + mint
  • cucumber + lemon
  • lemon + lime
  • dragonfruit + mint
  • orange + blueberry
  • cantaloupe + kiwi

Stay thirsty, my friends.

© Rissponsible Living, 2017

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