During these warm summer months, your body’s need for fluid can easily go up twofold with the climbing temps. Too often we reach for more than plain water to hydrate, but grabbing sports drinks, sweetened teas, fruit drinks and sodas for refreshment can add unwanted sugar and calories and also shortchanges you on good nutrition.
Infused waters to the rescue! These simple DIY drinks combine the goodness of fresh herbs like mint or basil with fresh fruit and even vegetables in chilled water.
Lemon Mint Water
Here’s an interesting and ultra-refreshing infused water for you. Lemon mint water combines two great aids that can improve your looks while helping you to feel great. Lemons promote digestion and gastric action. They’re excellent at preventing kidney stones as well, and it would be irresponsible to forget that they help clear up your skin. Mint is also a great herb for digestion, so having it with lemon should make a lot of sense. All you have to do is place some lemon slices in a gallon of water with some mint sprigs and let them sit overnight. The next day you will have excellent infused water that can help you lose weight and stay hydrated!
Blueberry Orange Water
If you’re looking for something a little bit different you can try making blueberry orange-infused water. These two flavors meet wonderfully, and these fruit in combination are great for the elimination of free radicals. Take an orange and remove the peel. Carefully cut the orange into slices and place them into a large mason jar. Then add ½ cup of blueberries. Cover the water and place it into the refrigerator overnight. The next day you can try some of your delicious water.
Watermelon pieces are an essential part of summer, so it’s a cool idea to make sure that you find a way to get them into your water. It’s also highly beneficial for circulation. Strawberries like all berries are antioxidant-rich, and they have a great taste. To make this infused water, you simply get some freshly cut watermelon cubes and place about 2 oz into a large jar. Take a ½ cup of halved strawberries and dump them into the jar. Let it sit overnight in the fridge so that it’s nicely chilled for the next day.