Add THIS to your water to get THAT!


DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE THE FLAVOR OF WATER AND BOOST ITS BENEFITS?!? 

We all have been told time and time again how important it is to drink water. Water offers tons of benefits to your body and is necessary for it to function at peak capacity but for some of us...water is boring, tasteless, and lacks the fizz of our favorite diet cola (yes, I am talking to myself here)...BUT WE NEED TO DRINK IT!


 Why do our bodies need water?

  • Brain Power - yep, water can make you smarter! Since your brain is made up mostly of water, keeping your water tanks full will allow you to stay more alert and aware. Without enough water, your brain cannot function well which can lead to headaches and migraines.
  • Look Younger - Your entire body is made up of water, including your skin! Drinking plenty of water will keep these cells full and plump which can help reduce the appearance and depth of wrinkles!
  • Weight Loss - Water assists in digestion and boosts your metabolism. Water also regulates your body temperature so you are able to have a more productive workout!
  • Health Benefits - Drinking lots of water helps to fight against flu and things like kidney stones and heart attacks. Add lemon to your water and it will help fight respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Mood Enhancer and Energy Booster - Water helps to flush toxins out of your body. Without enough water, you heart has to work harder to get the oxygenated cells to the rest of your body. This tires out your body which means you are a bit exhausted too! Giving your body enough water will allow it to run at peak function - so it will be happy and it should share the love!
The GREAT NEWS is that simply adding pieces of fruits and veggies can make your simple water a detoxification drink, an antioxident booster, an energy recharge, or skin clarifier!


Here are 10 things you an Add to your Water to Enhance the Flavor and the Power of H2O!


1. Lemon and Lime! - Lemons and limes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants adding them to a warm glass of water can promote better digestion and relieve common symptoms of digestive condition.

2. Cucumber - Quit putting the cucumbers on your eyes..get it into your water! There are even diets built around the cucumber/water fad - check out the Sassy water diet or the Flat Belly Diet if you don't believe me! Cucumber offers benefits for your connective tissues, provides vitamin c, and gives you a boost of potassium!

3. Mint - Adding a few sprigs of fresh mint will make our water taste great and may lift your spirits! In tests, peppermint had the highest amount of antioxidants and mood lifting qualities out of all the mints studied. It is also said that it may help with depression as well!

4. Berries -  Some health benefits of Blueberry are that it is high in antioxidants, can lower cholesterol, and is said to Improves memory and eyesight as well as slow aging! Strawberries can be a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, iodine and manganese

5. Peaches - Want glowing skin? Toss slices of fresh peaches into your water! Peaches can make your skin look healthy and also add color to the complexion.

6. Ginger - This may be better as a hot drink but fresh ginger can add tons of oomph to your glass of H2O! The root is said to help with a long list of ailments including things like cramps, inflammation, fevers, libido, morning sickness, colds, and digestion. Grab one next time you are at the grocery and cut off a few thin slices and toss them into your drink!

7. Cayenne Pepper - This habit has been made popular by the diets the "Master Cleanse" and the "Lemonade Diet". Cayenne pepper is known to improve blood circulation as well as detoxify your system. The thought is that the spicy pepper raises your bodies internal "heat" and causes you system to eliminate toxins through sweat.

8. Honey - Not only will honey add some sweetness to your water but it is said to aid in weight loss by helping to digest the fat stored in the body. It also gives you an instant boost of sustainable energy! It also is said to kill bacteria, viruses and fungus with naturally occurring phytochemicals AND can reduce muscle soreness!

9. Orange Peel- WOW - it sounds like adding orange peel to your water a pack TONS of great things into 8 ounces of water! Orange peel is FANTASTIC for your skin! It can help cleanse the skin and open the pores, remove darkening of the skin due to sun exposure, fight acne, kill skin infections, make your complexion BRIGHT and GLOWING, can reduce the signs of wrinkles, etc, etc, etc. It is also supposed to be good for motion sickness, tooth ailments, and stomach issues.


Lavender Flower

10. Lavender - adding lavender flowers to water can help relax and calm your body. The same flower scented water can be sprayed on your face as a skin toner. A glass of hot lavender water before bed should help you slip into a deep sleep and help you stay asleep longer!




While there are tons of other things you can add to water..this was just a list of 10! I will soon be posting some awesome detox drink recipes and will link them back to this article. In the meantime...play with your fruit and your water! Cucumber, mint, and strawberries make a fantastic drink! Not only will you drink more but you will improve your overall health in more ways than one!
 
How safe is your water at home??
 


4 comments:

mail4rosey said...

This is a great post, and my personal favorite was the Cayenne Pepper! I'm visiting from Manic Monday. :)

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

I hadn't heard of all these options! I want to try the orange peel, that sounds really good and the berries too. I love drinking water but there are times during the day that I crave some kind of flavor, trying one of your tips could really take care of that! Great post!

Heather May said...

Thanks for checking it out! I have done the lemonade diet and still like cayenne! I thought for sure I would never want to see it again!!

Heather May said...

My favorite is the orange peel! you get TONS of flavor!!! Thanks for swinging by Kristine!

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