Would you like to make homemade flavored water? These healthy additions will give some smooth extra flavor to your water.
For most of us reaching for water is our last resort, taking the last place to our favorite fizzy drinks, cups of coffee and an occasional Frappuccino (maybe not as occasional as we’d like to think).
With less and less people opting for water our bodies are missing out on vital hydration to keep our systems healthy and happy. Now I know I know, most of you will say that water is boring and tasteless and although some will disagree, here are some healthy additions in order to make your own homemade flavored water while treating your body to the nutrients it deserves!
Although cucumber might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of additions to your water, there’s a reason why it’s in all of your spa visits and skincare! The silica and antioxidants in cucumber have the ability to flush away excess toxins helping to keep the skin clear and reduce any redness in the skin. It can also help to give you that radiant glow while smoothing hair and making nails stronger, a no brainer then right? Cucumber contains vitamins a, b and c to boost your immunity and energy levels.
Blueberries are an excellent addition to your water to help flush out any toxins in your body, they’re one of the fruits highest in antioxidants while being loaded with nutrients. They can also lower blood pressure with studies showing that those with high blood pressure noticed a significant difference after consuming blueberries every day for 8 weeks! Making homemade flavored water with blueberries may help maintain healthy levels of blood pressure as well improving your brain function and memory while interacting with aging neurons.
This one is not so much for a refreshing cooling drink – although you might feel recharged soon after! Research has shown that turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can improve digestion, completion, cholesterol levels and even lowering cancer levels! If you want a little healthy kick then having a glass of turmeric water once a day can add some well-needed health benefits to your body.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well adding apples to your water can increase your levels of neurotransmitter acetylcholine helping to improve brain function and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Apples can also decrease the risk of diabetes as they are loaded with soluble fibre to blunt blood sugar swings! If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome the fibre in the apples might be able to help you too. Hmm, maybe it will keep the doctor away.
As well as adding a big flavor kick to your water with a sweet and tangy taste, grapefruit is also known to boost metabolism! So those looking for a way to give their body a kick up the butt, grapefruit may be the choice for you. This sweet addition will also help your digestion and regulate your body digestive tract.
This healthy natural sweetener offers so many natural benefits as well as providing a little energy boost. Honey’s scientifically proven superpowers such as the anti-inflammatory effects and the ability to sooth coughs make honey an all year round health addition to water, enabling you to fight off your colds in the winter and manage your hay fever in the summer. Containing very small amounts of pollen, consuming honey on a regular basis can build up antibodies in the body helping our body become accustomed to their presence, resulting in a reduced allergic response. Not to mention honey is also fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
This is not one for the faint-hearted, but a glass of ginger water in the morning can help relieve nausea, so for those who still struggle to eat breakfast in the morning (tut tut), a glass of ginger water might help your stomach. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects and can help reduce joint swelling and painful conditions such as osteoarthritis. This antioxidant-rich superfood is a perfect addition to your drink.
There’s a reason lemon is one of the most popular additions to water. A warm cup of this in the morning works wonders for your digestion, helping to flush the digestive system and hydrate the body first thing in the morning. Helping to flush out the body, lemon can lead to cleaner skin with the added vitamin c boosting collagen production for a smooth healthy skin. It can also help maintain a healthy weight by increasing metabolism!
Whilst these aren’t necessarily a miracle cure, they are a great alternative to carbonated and caffeinated drinks that you might be used to. Making your homemade flavored water with these healthy additions or a mixture of a few can help your body rehydrate whilst giving you all of those added benefits. It’s time to ditch the cola!
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Author Bio: Tilly is a UK based lifestyle & travel blogger with a particular interest in health and a vegan lifestyle.