Did you know? The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about “detox waters” it’s said they help to remove toxins, aid in weight loss and have many other benefits. You receive the nutrients of whichever fruit, vegetable or herb added to water. Naturally your body will always detox, eliminating waste.
The term infused water is also used, because you are adding ingredients to room temperature water. It’s common for people to add a lemon wedge to water because it adds flavor, aids in digestion and rids the body of toxins.
This summer try something different. Instead of punch, soda, or anything with high fructose corn syrup in it try a healthy alternative spruce up your water with these 4 ingredients!
Pineapple lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Pineapple increases energy, and has antioxidants that combat free radicals known to cause cancer. It is the only fruit that contains bromelain, which aids the blood to flow through the circulatory system, and reduces blood clots.
Watermelon contains vitamins A, B1, B6 and C. It is a good source of lycopene, a phyto-chemical that helps protect your skin from UV rays. Adding watermelon can lightly sweeten your water. The longer you infuse it the more you will taste the amazing flavor. It may help lower your blood pressure. Watermelon contains citrulline it’s also in cucumbers and can help prevent the accumulation of body fat. Watermelon is 91 % water and low in calories.
Cucumber- Cucumber helps to keep your body hydrated and is 95 % water. Adding cucumber to your water can replace energy drinks because they contain vitamin B1 and B6. They are a good source of copper, magnesium, potassium and biotin. You’ll also get a serving of vitamins A, C, and K. Cucumbers are high in silica which is good for nail and skin health.
Ginger is a powerful superfood that is mostly used to help with nausea and morning sickness. It aids in digestion and will soothe your stomach. Ginger fights oral bacteria and can be useful for gum disease or gingivitis.
Drinking ginger water may help to decrease inflammation, joint swelling and pain experienced in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatism. An article published in “Journal of Medicinal Food” in the 2005 summer issue noted that during the past 25 years scientists have provided scientific support for the long-held belief that ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are few recipes!
Infused water tips
- I suggest using organic ingredients to infuse your water. If you can’t get organic, make sure your clean them very well or peel them.
- Depending on the amount of water used add fruits, vegetables, and or herbs before water is in the container to lessen the chance of overflowing.
- Use mason jars if you have any on hand! Let the infused water sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, overnight to maximize the taste of what you have added.
Have fun creating your own infused water with your little ones this summer!
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Bode, Ann, and Zigang Dong. ‘The Amazing And Mighty Ginger’. CRC Press (2011): n. pag. Web. 23 June 2015.
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