Infused Water Recipes and Benefits
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Infused water is so refreshing and thirst-quenching on hot summer days. Many infused water recipes are super healthy too and have so many benefits. Infusing water is not just for taste. But there are some really yummy combinations for health, weight loss, and just plain good flavor!
Infused water benefits
The main benefits of drinking infused water come from the simple fact that its water. Hydration is key to being healthy. By infusing flavors, many people tend to drink more water. So in that way infusion can be a way to make water more appealing.
If you’re turning to sugary drinks for your flavored beverages, consider replacing them with infused water to instantly reduce your sugar and chemical intake and help you achieve sustainable weight loss. Water in general is also known to help with weight loss. It makes you feel fuller and improves all of your body functions.
Many fruits such as citrus and berries are high in vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. You’ve probably heard that vitamin C may help prevent the common cold. It’s a healing vitamin, that your body uses to repair cells. So it helps you heal better and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes, and helps lower blood pressure.
- Research has shown that polyphenol antioxidants found in fruit can significantly reduce weight gain. In addition, they help improve insulin resistance and blood glucose levels when used regularly as part of a healthy diet.
- Vitamin C also reduces skin wrinkling, dry skin (that comes from aging), and damage from the sun. Some fruits such as lemons can help prevent constipation as well.
- Citric acid which is found in citrus fruits can help prevent kidney stones as well.
- Consuming herbs may help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. In addition, they help reduce blood clots and have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mint, basil, and sage help protect against cancer. Cloves, cinnamon, sage, and thyme help reduce bad cholesterol and contain antioxidants. And raw herbs contain higher levels of these things than cooking them, so using them in infused water is a great application to get the benefits.
- Sage can improve brain function and memory.
- Mint can be used to manage pain, treat IBS, and can also help fight nausea.
- Ginger can treat nausea and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be used to reduce pain.
- Rosemary can suppress allergies and nasal congestion.
- Infusing water with teas has health benefits as well.
- Chamomile tea reduces muscle pain and spasms, reduces stress, and improves sleep.
- Green tea lowers cholesterol and blood clots. It can lower blood pressure and triglycerides. It also reduces the risk of many cancers.
- Black tea supports the immune system.
How long to infuse water
Fruit and herbs should be left in the water for at least 24 hours, but after that, you may want to remove them so the water doesn’t become bitter. The water will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I like to infuse my water and then drink it all the next day, then refill and drink again for several cycles with the same infusion so I don’t waste my ingredients. Just remember it needs to be refrigerated so the fruit and herbs won’t spoil.
I grow a lot of herbs, so I pick them fresh from the garden in the morning when plants are the sweetest. Growing herbs is easy, so if you want to know how to start an herb garden, check this out.
Fruit infused water combinations
Water can be infused with different kinds of teas such as herbal tea, green tea, and black tea. It can also be infused with many kinds of fruit. My favorite is strawberries, but it’s great with all kinds of berries, lemon, lime, orange, watermelon, and even apples make it taste really good. And all kinds of herbs are great in there. I love pineapple sage the best, but I also like it with blue spice basil, regular basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, and more! There are no limits to what tastes great in the infused water.
Check out these posts for recipes to make your own healthy infused water!
Berry infused water
Try this berry infused water recipe to quench your thrist! My favorite is this lemon blueberry water.
Lemon infused water
Lemon makes a great flavor combination with many different water infusions, check out these lemon infused water recipes.
Watermelon infused water
Watermelon infusions are some of my favorites. You’re going to want to check out this watermelon infused water.
Infused water with apples
Cinnamon has a ton of health benefits including helping you lose weight. I am highly allergic, so I don’t ever use it, but I do love water infused with apples. Check out this recipe for apple cinnamon water.
Cucumber infused water
And don’t miss out on the many health benefits of cucumbers, check out this cucumber infused water post. There’s not a lot more refreshing than cucumbers, they give you electrolytes and more.
Infused orange water
This green tea, rose, and orange infused water flavor is incredible.
Fruit infused water bottle
You can make infused water in a bottle of water, a pitcher, or whatever you have that will hold water. I like to make a glass pitcher full and use it all day long. These fruit infused water bottles are amazing too.
For more homemade drinks that don’t have chemicals, check out these party drinks for kids!
I had no idea that there were so many benefits and some of those infused waters that is totally awesome.
Thank You for always sharing!!
Thank you for checking it out!