Clean skin! Weight loss! Detox! You see a lot of claims about the health benefits of drinking water infused with all kinds of fruits, vegetables and herbs. But let’s be honest. What do you really get out of this delicious glass of infused water?
What you should know about water
Now I am a big fan of infused water. I usually have a jug of filtered water in my fridge filled with lemon wedges, cucumber, mint leaves, rosemary sprigs and berries when in season. It is so delicious and refreshing that I am motivated to sip it all day long. And I really feel better about that. But since I’m the curious person I am, I want to know if the infused water I drink is really the supercharged elixir, so many people say.
Is infused water healthier than plain water?
I have seen claims that up to 20 percent of the nutrients in the soaking ingredients are leached from your infused water. But even if it’s true, it still doesn’t correspond to a nutritional power. And would that mean you have to brew five cucumbers to get the nutritional equivalent of one cucumber? Why don’t you just eat the cucumber?
Is lemon water a miracle cure?
Lemon water is one of the most popular teas, and I love the hot or cold taste. But here’s the thing: Adding sliced lemon to plain water certainly improves the taste, as the water takes on a subtle citrus flavor. And over time, you may also see some pulp. But the small amount of juice and pulp that mixes with water gives it only a small nutritional boost.
To drastically increase the amount of vitamin C, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients in your glass of lemon water, squeeze the juice of a lemon into it.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking all that lemon juice:
Excellent source of vitamins C and B, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber
Helps relieve gas and bloating
Can relieve inflammation in your joints
Protects against scurvy (just check if you’re paying attention)
Dilute it before you drink it so your teeth don’t bother drinking an acidic liquid.
In short, to get more of the nutritional benefit of the fruit in your infused water, you should actually consume the fruit.
It is a pity that most fruits do not taste so good after being in the water for hours. Instead of throwing it out, you can also add it to a smoothie with fresher fruits and vegetables.
The real benefits of drinking infused water
There is no doubt that drinking enough water is essential for maintaining a healthy body. Our body contains about 60% water and every drop of this liquid works hard to promote proper blood circulation, digestion and elimination of food, temperature regulation and nutrient flow.
Not drinking enough water will cause dehydration and make you feel tired, painful, stuffy and constipated. Your skin starts to show it and from there it only gets worse.
So do what you need to do to drink enough water, and if drinking fruit-infused water will help you get there, then you should.
It tastes good, so you drink more and it increases your hydration.
Your well-hydrated body can drain waste more efficiently through organs, including the kidneys, liver and skin. It is the natural “detoxification” that our body does 24/7.
If you drink wonderfully infused water, you don’t drink sugary soda, which is a healthy benefit here.
Drinking more water will make you feel full and respond to the false hunger that can cause dehydration. Only that a healthier habit can lead to a healthier body mass.
All of this adds to this simple truth: The real health benefit of drinking infused water is that you drink more water. And it is a huge victory for you.
How much water should you drink?
It depends on a number of factors, including your activity level, where you live and your general health. According to the Mayo Clinic, your urine is likely going to be fine if your urine is clear or pale yellow. Believe it or not, it is possible to drink too much water. When you absorb so much that your kidneys cannot handle the excess, you expose yourself to a dangerous condition called hyponatraemia.
BEST FRUIT TO USE FOR WATER INFUSION
I’ve found that citrus fruits and fresh berries hold up really nicely. I’ll also add in some tropical fruits like coconut or mango sometimes too. And you can’t forget the fresh veggies and herbs! Cucumber, mint and basil are some of my favorites that add amazing flavor.