Drinking enough water every day can be a challenge. When you’re thirsty, it’s easy to reach for a tasty soda, coffee, or tea instead of water. While these other options are fine in moderation, getting enough water is vital to your overall good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking water can help your body1:
- Dispose of waste via urination, sweat and bowel movements
- Cushion and protect joints, spinal cord, and other tissues
- Regulate internal temperature
The challenge of getting enough water every day is twofold: first, remembering to drink it in the first place, and second deciding to reach for plain water over other, perhaps more enticing choices. This is where infused water can save the day!
Infused water involves the immersion of any fruits, vegetables, or herbs into regular drinking water. The result is a delicious and refreshing way to get more of the daily water (and other nutrients) you need. Adding some of your favorite fruits and vegetables to your water may help you reach for that glass or bottle more frequently throughout the day. It can also add some additional vitamins and minerals to your diet
These tasty fruit and veggie combinations are perfect for experimenting with infused water. Give them a try and let us know what you think on Instagram!
For each recipe, fill a pitcher with 5 cups of water and 1 cup of ice. Slice or muddle your selected ingredients and add them to the pitcher. Play with the ingredient proportions until you get the taste you like!
- Cucumber, lemon, mint, strawberries
- Celery, pineapple, coconut
- Blueberries and basil
- Grapefruit, lemon, lime
Alternatively, for a quick and delicious way to add some flavor -and fiber- to your water, try Tropical Orange Fiber Choice® Flavor Drops. By adding just 2-3 squirts to 8 ounces of water, you’ll get not only the benefits of hydration, but also more of the daily fiber you need for digestive and immune support.*
Did you know that in addition to drinking water (or even infused water), you can get even closer to your daily hydration goals by eating foods with high water content?1 Some examples of high-water foods include cucumber, broths and soups, celery, watermelon, lettuce, yogurt, and tomatoes. Especially during the summer when temperatures are high and you’re already losing water through excess perspiration, opting for a healthy snack of watermelon slices and a cool drink of veggie infused water instead of a salty bag of chips and a can of sugary soda can help you stay healthy and hydrated.
1 CDC. Beverage Consumption Among High School Students — United States, 2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(23):778-780.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.