Sometimes, however, it can be hard to keep up with the recommended eight eight-ounce cups a day, even more so if you prefer something with flavour. That’s where these natural water boosters come in. They are made out of fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs and spices, with no added sugar, and come with some rewarding health benefits. Here’s how you can boost the flavour of your water, along with the health benefits below:
Cucumber – Cucumber is full of vitamin B, which is known to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress. It contains plenty of electrolytes and antioxidants, which help keep your hydration levels in check.
Fresh Mint Leaves – Stomach problems such as constipation or digestion can get soothed by adding some fresh mint leaves to your water. It does this by assisting in activating the saliva glands that produce digestive enzymes, making everything run smoothly.
Lemon – Get an immune boost from drinking some lemon water. It’s got a ton of vitamin C, and its acidity assists in the digestive tract’s function.
Cinnamon – Gases in the intestines get broken down by an agent found in cinnamon. It aids in easing symptoms of nausea and intestinal colic.
Ginger – Ginger is full of antioxidants. It helps keep cholesterol levels low and eases bloating and cramps by breaking down any excess gas.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Increase the amount of hydrochloric acid in your body and promote digestion by added 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your water.
These natural water boosters are also known popularly by another name: detox water. Detox water is known to boost the immune and digestive systems, improve mood and energy levels, and even help with weight loss. Here are some popular combinations of detox water:
• Cucumber and mint
• Blackberry and orange
• Lemon and lime
• Strawberry and basil
• Orange and lemon
• Apple and cinnamon
• Grapefruit and rosemary
• Raspberry and cucumber
• Lemon and ginger
• Lemon and cayenne pepper
• Watermelon and mint
Add any of these fresh ingredients into cold water and refrigerate for between 1 and 12 hours to let the nutrients and flavours infuse the water. For a quick infusion, crush the ingredients before adding them to the water. For a warm, tea-like beverage, add hot water instead.