Infused Water!

Infused-Water

What exactly is infused water? It is when fruits, vegetables, spices, and other additives are added into potable water so that its nutrients can be distributed into the water which can then be absorbed by the body.

Not only is infused water tasty, but healthy as well! It’s a good alternative to unhealthy drinks such as sodas.

Infused water helps reduce bloating due to water retention. It also helps flush out any toxins that are stored in the body. It’s a natural way to slim down the belly and improve the digestive tract.

Here is a list of fruits that can be used in your water:

Cucumber: Has anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.

Strawberry: Has anti-inflammatory properties and can also reduce your risk of cancer due to its anthocyanins and ellagic acid. It’s a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Lemon: Cleanses our digestive tract with its citric acid. It’s also a good source of Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin C which aids the immune system with our defenses.

Oranges: Similar to the lemon, its citric acid helps cleanse the digestive tract. It helps protect the body against fungi and bacteria. It is a good source of Thiamin, Folate Potassium, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin C which aids our immune system.

Mint: Used in teas for its soothing properties for stomach aches. It’s a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Zinc, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

 

Other fruits or spices that can be used include: Lime, Green tea, Kiwi, Acai, blueberries, Basil, Watermelon, Cilantro, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Raspberry, Rose petal, Vanilla, Honey, Lavender, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Coconut, Mango, and Pineapples!

Enjoy mixing some of these fruits and staying hydrated!

 

Resources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1938/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2439/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/226/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1966/2

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/strawberries.html

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