Have you ever tried fruit infused water? This healthy, hydrating and refreshing beverage is good for your body and delights your senses. Personally, I love this stuff. Fruit infused water is great but let’s discuss the benefits this water can really offer. In this article, I am going to share an overall picture of what it is said about its properties (myths) versus the facts. Learn about the health reasons why you should consider drinking it and the simple steps for you to start making it at home:
- Are these fruit-infused water recipes what they claim to be?
- Is it true that helps your body to get rid of toxins?
- Can it work as a metabolism and energy booster, helping out on weight loss, giving you a clear skin or a flatter stomach?
- What should it be considered in the process of preparing it?
What is Fruit Infused Water?
In the first place, we are going to clarify the concept. Maybe you´ve heard of it as detox water, flavored fruit water, or infused water. This is a combination of any fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs immersed in cold water. Infused water is different from smoothies, lemonades, or fruit juices because the water has only a slightly fruity flavor, which intensity can be adjusted according to your taste. It is important to mention that the infused water has no sugars added to it, only the natural sweetness provided by the fruit.
These are some of the fruit infused water recipes I like the most, and for that reason, recommend you to start with:
- Apple-Cinnamon water
- Grapefruit-Rosemary water
- Lemon-Cucumber Mint water
- Lemon-Orange water
- Cantaloupe-Cucumber water
- Watermelon-Ginger-Mint water
BOTTOM LINE: To make infused water, add fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to water with lots of ice. Let it stand for an hour or so before drinking it. You can also chill it in your refrigerator. For stronger flavor, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking.
Health Claims about Fruit Infused Water
Fruit infused water is said to have many health benefits, including:
- Clearing up acne.
- Weight loss.
- Improving complexion.
- Blood sugar regulation.
- Toxin removal or detox.
- Balancing the pH of the body.
- Better digestive health.
- Boosting immune function.
- Improving mood and relaxation.
- Increasing energy levels.
Regardless the glory of fruit-infused water is at some point true, it´s not magical. The health benefits that can be validated are those related to your hydration by drinking pure water. Be aware that many of the health attributes mentioned on the list above are in some instances, a little exaggerated. If I am writing this article is because I want to encourage you to try this delicious water for the RIGHT reasons.
BOTTOM LINE: What many addresses to be a magic cure-all solution could be in fact just an ordinary glass of water. 🙂 Make your own conclusions reading from reliable sources about it.
Good Reasons to Start Drinking Fruit Infused Water
I have created a table of information which presents a contrast between what is commercially promoted about fruit infused water and the benefits you can actually get from it:
FRUIT INFUSED WATER REAL HEALTH BENEFITS
MYTHS VS. FACTS
|It can help detoxify the body.||More water makes the body’s job of flushing toxins easier, but you can get that water from your tap.|
|It helps on blood sugar regulation.||Fruit adds flavor without any the use of dyes, chemicals or artificial sweeteners, which helps to improve your overall health.|
|It boosts mood and energy levels.||Walking around in a dehydrated state can make you feel lethargic, irritated, and headachy. Increasing your hydration levels properly will definitely make an impact on the way you feel.|
|It is a immune system booster.||There’s no substantial research to support claims that fruit-infused water by itself is a truly viable source of nutrients, or that it has any major impact on your immune system.|
|It gives you a glowing skin.||It can provide the same hydration benefits for your skin as regular water: Less oily, dull, aggravated, itchy and irritated.
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|It helps you to loose weight quickly.||Fruit infused water can cut the calories intake significantly on your drinks, considering these water recipes have no calories. This option can become an ally on your weight management.|
|It is your own ‘vitamin water,’ but without the cost or hidden ingredients.||You don't get that many nutrients from the ingredients in fruit infused water, especially not compared to eating them in their whole form.|
Even if it’s not overly substantial, there may be some nutrients transferred from the fruit into the water. Experts say it’s unclear how much benefit you’d actually get from drinking infused water.
Staying hydrated is essential for health; however, people often find plain water boring. Rather than switching to sugar-laden beverages for a dose of “flavor,” you can turn to fruit and vegetables to lend a lift to your water.
BOTTOM LINE: If infusing your water with fruits and vegetables means that you drink more water reducing your consumption of sodas, fruit juice, sports drinks, etc., this alternative can become a turning point for your overall health.
How to Start Getting The Infused Water Benefits?
Take these considerations to get the best of this delicious and refreshing drink that you can make easily at home:
- Choose organic fruits and veggies when you can. Wash produce and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, and other residues.
- Use cold, or room temperature filtered water adding lots of ice.
- Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
ABOUT THE FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND HERBS YOU HANDLE ON WATER RECIPES:
- Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered. Harder fruits like apples should be sliced very thinly because they take longer to release flavors.
- Crush fibrous ginger root, rosemary, and lemongrass with a muddler or wooden spoon; tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and cilantro to release their oils.
- Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint flavor water almost immediately.
- Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
- Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours; citrus and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
- Unpeeled citrus can make water taste bitter after 4 hours, for this reason, it is recommended to remove them before that time adding new slices.
- To keep sipping all day long, refill your infused water container when it’s half full. It will be weaker than your first drink, but still flavorful.
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