Yeah, we know, we know. Water will hydrate our skin and make us glow. Our dermatologist has told us, our yoga instructor has told us, our makeup artist has told us. Problem is, water gets boring when it’s not infused with something yummy. So let’s flavour it up with infused water, shall we?
We’ve gone and tried just about everything to make that plain glass of water more exciting to sip—added lemon, fizzed it up, gone maple—but the ideas are running out, it seems. Before you get tempted to each for a caffeinated beverage, read this post. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavour and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water, don’t get intimidated before you try.
PS. It’s easy to prepare. Just chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and get set to sip your way to healthy hydration, inside and out.
6 CREATIVE INFUSED WATER OPTIONS YOU’LL LOVE
1. Mango Ginger Water
WHAT IT IS: This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix.
HOW IT WORKS: Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells. Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion.
2. Grapefruit Rosemary Water
WHAT IT IS: Recently, rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100.
HOW IT WORKS: Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.
3. Melon Mix Water
WHAT IT IS: Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw them into your water over night. This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin.
HOW IT WORKS: Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.
4. Citrus Mint Water
WHAT IT IS: Pick your favourite citrus fruits, cut them into slices and add some crushed mint for a refreshing hit.
HOW IT WORKS: Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism. Mint also contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter. And it’s well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin and internally.
5. Cucumber Lavender Water
WHAT IT IS: The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is that it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon. This mix is especially healthy.
HOW IT WORKS: Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoothly.
6. Pineapple Coconut Water
WHAT IT IS: This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favourite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate overnight after adding large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavour combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories.
HOW IT WORKS: Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not. These rehydrate you in record time.
HOW IT WORKS: Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production, which is not only great for beautiful skin, but collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.
Dr. Christopher Calapai is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy, who is also known as “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News.