Health/Wellness | Jan 18 2016

Infuse Your Taste Buds

By Carly Hagemann, Recruitment Coordinator

Happy New Year! Tis the season for healthy changes and resolutions in our lives.

One resolution that I have every year (and plan to keep this time) is to drink more water. Drinking approximately eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day does miracles for your body, skin, and may help with your weight loss goals. My problem with keeping up with this resolution every year is the bland and boring taste of water.

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This year my plan to overcome this issue is to infuse my water with delicious fruits and herbs instead. Fruits and herbs are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and flavors that can boost the nutritional properties of an average glass of water. Below you will find the nutritional benefits of a few tasty fruits and herbs that can easily be added to your water.

Lemons and limes are packed full of vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Lemon water may also decease inflammation, improve digestion, freshen your breath, and improve your skin’s radiance.

Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese. They also contain a trace mineral, silica, which helps keep your connective tissue healthy. Cucumbers are also known to help soothe your skin.

Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. They have been shown to contain strong anti-inflammatory properties and may also improve your vision.

Strawberries are a good source in vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. Their rich antioxidant properties may help improve arthritis and gout. Strawberries may also improve nervous system function and boost your immune system.

Watermelon is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. It is great for your skin and hair. Since watermelon is made of up to 92% water, it is great for keeping you hydrated. Also, the amino acids in watermelon may reduce muscle pain.

Mint contains trace amounts of fiber, iron, manganese, folate, and vitamin A. It is a great natural breath freshener, helps to clear congestion, promotes digestion, and is a soothing remedy for headaches and nausea.

Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Basil may reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. Basil oil also contains strong antibacterial properties.

You can infuse your own water at home in large pitchers or individual water bottles. Need some ideas for boosting your water’s taste and nutrition? Check some great water infused recipes here.

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