WATER – we all need it to live. Adequate hydration is absolutely key to being healthy. But are you reaping the benefits of drinking water by including enough in your daily routine?
Nothing beats a pure glass of water when it comes to everything from preventing constipation to helping us feel more awake, enjoying better skin and even losing weight. There are many other reasons why water is good for you – but many of us don’t drink enough. WHY? Because to some people, because water is tasteless, it’s “boring”!
So what if I showed you a way to jazz up your boring water and had you reaching your daily target of AT LEAST 8 glasses a day?
INTRODUCING INFUSED WATER…
Infused water contains all the hydration of a cool glass of water and the bright, sweet, and tangy flavours of your chosen ingredients. Lemon-infused and lime-infused water are some of the most popular choices, but you can also infuse water with herbs like mint, sage, or basil.
There are many terms for Infused Water, including Detox Water and Spa Water – so here is a detailed look at Infused Water which highlights some of the true health benefits from the myths.
Potential Health Benefits of Infused Water
You’ll Drink More
By infusing tasty flavours, many people tend to drink more water. Infusion can be a way to make water more appealing to people who generally don’t like drinking water.
Many people regularly experience mild dehydration because of their busy schedules. However, it’s important to remember that dehydration can become a serious health issue. Severe dehydration can lead to side effects like headaches, diarrohea, vomiting, fever, heat injury, seizures, and more.
If you’re turning to sugary and/or carbonated drinks for your flavoured beverages, consider replacing them with infused water to instantly reduce your sugar/carb intake and help you achieve sustainable weight loss.
Drinking water may help you lose weight, and this applies to infused water too. Water has been shown to temporarily raise your metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.
Studies have shown that drinking 500 mls of water can increase your metabolic rate by up to 30% for about an hour. In fact, people who drink the recommended amount of water as part of a weight loss program tend to lose more weight than those who don’t.
One study found that overweight adults who drank 500 mls of water before their meals lost 40% more weight than those who didn’t. This can be partially explained by a rise in metabolism, but may also be due to the effect water has on your appetite. Drinking water has been linked to reduced hunger, so if you drink water before a meal, you may eat less.
Improves Digestive Health
Hydration is important for digestive health and maintaining regular bowel movements. Chronic dehydration can cause constipation, which can make you feel bloated and sluggish.
Drinking plenty of water may help food pass smoothly through your gut and prevent you from becoming constipated and/or experiencing belly bloat.
Mood and Energy Levels
Even mild dehydration can affect mood, concentration, and energy levels. Studies have shown that dehydration levels of around 1% can significantly decrease mood, reduce concentration span and cause headaches.
One study looked at adults who consumed less than 1.2 litres of water per day. When they increased their water intake to 2 litres per day, they were happier, had more energy, and felt calmer.
If you’re not drinking enough, increasing your water intake may improve your mood and give you more energy.
Myths Around Infused Water
Myth #1 – It Detoxifies Your Body
Detoxification is a popular claim for many diets, cleanses, and nutrition products like detox water. Detox products often claim to facilitate health and well-being by eliminating toxins from the body and aiding weight loss.
Your body already has its own well-designed detox pathways that eliminate toxins from the body. There is currently no evidence that any product or diet speeds them up or makes them more efficient.
Myth #2 – It improves your complexion
As with many other detox products, some people claim that detox water flushes toxins from your skin and improves its appearance. However, there’s little evidence to back up these claims (see myth #1 above).
Drinking water (either plain or infused) will improve your skin’s hydration if you’re dehydrated.
How to Make Infused Water
Making infused water at home is super simple. All you need is water and a selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
- Chop your ingredients and add them to hot or cold water, depending on your preference. The more of an ingredient you use, and the longer it infuses, the stronger the flavour will be.
- If you’re making a cold drink, you can leave the detox water in the fridge for 1–12 hours to allow the flavours to infuse more deeply.
Tip: If you’re in a hurry, crushing or bruising your fruit and herbs before using them can help release the flavours more quickly.
Here are some of my favourite infused water recipes:
And here’s some other combinations you may like to try –
- cucumber and mint
- lemon and ginger
- blackberry and orange
- lemon and cayenne pepper
- watermelon and mint
- grapefruit and rosemary
- orange and lemon
- lemon and lime
- strawberry and basil
- apple and cinnamon
The Bottom Line…
The idea that you can speed up and improve your body’s detox pathways by drinking detox water is unlikely.
If you want to take advantage of the benefits of drinking more water but you’re someone who finds plain water a bit dull then Infused Water may just get you over the line.