Fruit spice infused water benefits
Summer is officially here! Rosé, margaritas and ice cold Coronas abound. As much as we love partaking in the season’s beverages, we’re also thinking about that new bikini we want to wear.
Plus, with the extra hours of outdoor exercise and a little overindulging, hydration is as essential as SPF.
Maybe your only experience with water-infusions is the cucumber water at the spa, but you would most likely still choose it over plain water. Why? Because it soothes and relaxes you into a mindful state of bliss – something we’ve all earned!
Here are a few spiced up water-infusions to pour some sweetness into the hot summer months as well as revitalize your health. Bottoms up!
Cayenne + Cinnamon + Apple
Cinnamon is a well-known anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. It helps balance insulin levels, evening out sugar highs and lows. I used a cinnamon stick for just a hint of sweetness.
We all know apples are good for us. They are rich in minerals, antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber (if you eat the apple slices). Invest in organic apples so pesticides don’t invade your fresh infusion.
Prepare these fusions by adding the ingredients into a carafe or bottle of filtered water. Cheers to enjoying the refreshing mindfulness and hydration of the spa experience with the flavors of summer, all while reaping the benefits of delicious spices!
* Note that those with gallstones, bile duct dysfunction and pregnant women should not use turmeric without a doctor’s approval.
Turmeric + Lemon + Pineapple
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, packs a punch of anti-inflammatory properties, great for sore muscles after a long hike. Moreover, turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals in fighting chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even cancer. Plus, turmeric’s rising popularity means that it is becoming increasingly available.*
Lemons, like limes, are acidic, but they are alkaline in the body. They also contain a high dose of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Pineapple epitomizes the sweetness we crave from summer. It is high in the enzyme bromelain, an anti-inflammatory effective in treating bruises and sprains in case you take a tumble during a game of beach volleyball.
Like the ginger lime combination, turmeric is potent. A little goes a long way!
Ginger is a super spice. It’s great for nausea and motion sickness for those summer boat rides, and has great anti-inflammatory properties if you overdid it on foods like burgers, sugar and alcohol at that last BBQ.
Limes, even though acidic, are alkaline within our bodies. In other words, when paired with water, limes restore the body’s pH balance, which is important for digestion.
This is an intense combo, so you can enjoy it right away. If you steep too long, the flavors overpower the delicate taste – the reason we love cucumber water in the first place!