Enhance Water with Natural Flavors
Staying hydrated is important, even in the chilly fall and winter months. Although any non-caffeinated drink can help to prevent dehydration, one of the best options is plain water. The body is comprised primarily of water and uses it for everything it does, including keeping hair, skin, and nails healthy, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and flushing out toxins from the system. Unfortunately, despite its numerous health benefits, it lacks flavor and can cause many to choose beverages packed with sugar, chemicals, and other artificial ingredients. Join us in our latest blog post as we explore natural ways to give water a boost that will help consumers to make healthier choices and stay hydrated.
Water infused with fruit is delicious, low in sugar, and packed with various health benefits. Subtly sweet with a light, pleasing flavor, fruit-infused water will slowly condition the body to like less sugar drinks, creating positive habits while keeping the body hydrated. The vitamin C in fruit is also helpful to the body as it has been shown to boost the immune system, lessening the effects of allergies and warding off colds and other viruses. Increased water intake will also help to promote digestive help, especially when infused with fruits like raspberries and blueberries. Strawberries and kiwi are thought to support healthy blood sugar levels, while fruits like pomegranates and cranberries are said to contain antioxidants that boost the appearance of skin.
Fresh herbs make a refreshing and vibrant addition to water, giving it an herbaceous flavor and health benefits. Mint gives water a cooling effect and its antibacterial quality keeps breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy. This herb pairs well with cucumber, strawberries, peaches, giving fresh fruit and mellow cucumber another level of flavor. Rosemary is high in antioxidants, may improve memory, and help to lower blood sugar – it pairs well with citrus fruits like grapefruit, lime, and lemon. Basil contains powerful antioxidants and contains water soluble flavonoids called rientin and viceninare which can help to protect white blood cells. Basil has also been known to help fight free radical damage and pairs well with a variety of fruits such as strawberries, melon, pineapple, and orange.
For those who are trying to drink fewer soft drinks and soda, carbonated water flavored with fruit is a good stepping stone as it contains little to no sugar and still has a satisfying fizz. Contrary to popular belief, seltzer is just as hydrating as flat water, and can offer a nice change of pace and lower-calorie option. Seltzer has become a substantial trend over the past few years, with basic flavors like lemon and like quickly being overtaken by more artisanal and unconventional flavors like coconut, watermelon, and green apple. CBD-infused sparkling water and seltzer infused with other functional ingredients to increase focus or promote calmness are also popular choices.
Increasing water intake and creating customized, flavorful water with fresh and healthy ingredients are easy and fun to create. Staying hydrated is easy with fresh ingredients inspired by nature.