How To Make Vitamin Infused Water
Water is tasteless, clear, and oderless but without water life doesn’t exist. Water makes it possible for all life to exist. It keeps our cells hydrated and it flushings toxins from our bodies as a natural cleanse for our inside. There are times where we rather drink other beverages when we are thirsty rather than water. We drink vitamin water, sports drinks, and flavored sparkling water. These drinks are ok but loaded with sugar which is a big contributer to weight gain. There is a more healthy alternative to add some taste to your water naturally in your home.
What is vitamin infused water?
Start by Soaking fresh raw vegetables or fruits in a container. Fresh organic produce is the preferred choice (frozen and dried fruits will not work they will not release as much juice during the process. There are many herbs and spices that can be used also, look for taste and health benefits. Some fruits contain strong flavors, such as pineapples, lemons and oranges, and can be reused. Just wait until the water is halfway down the bottle, and then add more water.
Here are a few examples:
- Stone fruits
- Tropical fruits
- Cinnamon sticks (ground cinnamon won’t saturate into the water, it’ll just float to the top)
How it’s done
- The first thing you have to do is release the natural oils and flavor in the fruits, veggies, herbs or spices. You can do this by either slightly mashing up fruits and vegetables using a wooden spoon. You can also break up the herbs or spices just a little bit. For citrus fruits, don’t forget to peel it before adding it to the water to avoid having that bitter taste.
- Then, add filtered water or sparkling water if you prefer. For best results, you can use water at room temperature, or even cold water if you like, just as you long as you don’t’ use boiling water as it will break down the enzymes and nutrients in the added ingredients. Give it a good stir and leave it for at least 3 – 4 hours to get the most taste and color. You can leave it in the fridge, or at room temperature, to do its magic. However, don’t leave the added ingredients in the water for more than 24 hours because most will start to decompose. Delicate fruits, such as berries and melons tend to decompose quicker than other types.
- You can safely store your water in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Are there really any added benefits to infused water besides taste and color? Yes! Almost 20% of nutrients in the added ingredients get blended in and absorbed by water. Therefore, if you add strawberries or lemons, you’re drinking water that’s rich in vitamin C, and if you add basil or mint to your strawberries, you get the added benefits of minerals, such as iron, which helps the body absorb vitamin C, as well as antioxidants.
Other benefits to infused water:
- Protects organs and helps them function well
- Helps prevent kidney stones
- Helps keep bowel movements regular and reduces the risk of constipation
- Helps regulate body temperature
- Keeps skin soft and younger-looking, helps regulate collagen-production which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Curbs your hunger and helps you lose weight
- Helps offset dehydration
- Transports nutrients and oxygen
- Boosts focus and concentration abilities and helps you think more clearly
- Normalizes blood pressure
- Lubricates joints and decreases risk of swelling and inflammations
- Cleanses the liver
- Reduces muscle fatigue