How to Easily Make Your Own Flavored Water for Detox and Weight Loss
Flavored water is one of the hottest selling products on the market for a good reason. Some people don’t like things to be bland, therefore adding flavor to spice things up a bit.
When we buy commercially flavored water, we indulge in the convenience, low price, and vitamin enriched formulas, but in an effort to save money many companies have begun to use sugar and artificial additives in lieu of healthy natural flavoring. As you don’t want to add tons of extra calories and artificial ingredients, you can easily make these flavored water at home.
As a matter of fact, the good majority of flavored water products out there may boast low calories, but that’s only because they’re packed with artificial sweeteners made from chemicals. There is still not enough research on the safety of these sweeteners on our bodies and some studies suggest that they may cause various health problems.
There is, however, a much easier, healthier, and inexpensive way for you to enjoy flavored water: making your own.
Benefits of Drinking Flavored Water
By now you probably already know that water plays a huge role in a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are composed of about 70% water and it is essential for almost every bodily process to work effectively. Health authorities recommend you to consume an 8 oz glass of water at least 8 times a day to fully benefit from the following perks:
Keeping Calories Controlled – As simple as it may seem, water is an essential weight loss tool that many people overlook and it is one. It eliminates the tons of extra calories you would consume from sodas and sugary drinks. Also many times thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, and this is why many weight loss experts recommend drinking a glass of water before eating a meal or snack. If that satisfies you, then it was thirst. Drinking water for weight loss is also mentioned in my article about the top 12 tweaks for weight loss and great health.
Balance Body Fluid – Water helps carry essential vitamins and nutrients through the body to aid in processes like digestion, circulation, and healthy body temperature.
Energetic Muscles – When your muscle cells are saturated with water and electrolytes they are much less likely to suffer from tiredness and lack of stamina.
Flush Out Toxins – Water works in conjunction with the kidneys to filter out the foreign toxins entering your body. Drinking enough water will prevent kidney stones and turn your body into a filtration machine. Drinking enough water is one of the essentials of a successful detox program. You can find more information in my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely.
Why Flavored Water?
It is clearly that drinking water is an essential lifeline, but why choose flavored water?
First of all there is the boredom factor. Many people don’t get enough regular water simply because it is too bland for them and people like the taste of sweet drinks. Drinking flavored water will eliminate the boredom and make hydrating yourself a diverse and fun process.
You can also add even more healthy qualities to water depending on the way you flavor it. Sure plain H2O is good for you, but why not add the vitamins and minerals that fruits and spices have to offer? Many additives like herbs, fruits, and teas can kick your water up a notch and go beyond the bland.
How to Make Your Own Flavored Water
Quit buying large cases of factory-made flavored water at the store. Toss all of the flavor packets loaded with artificial sweeteners aside. You’re about to learn the easiest method of flavoring your water.
Consider the Source –There are some areas where water from the tap is of clear quality and relatively safe. Many heavily populated areas however have tap water that tastes funky and is stuffed with fluoride and strange minerals. Try to find a source of water that is pure and safe before you start flavoring it. Filters work great and will ensure your water comes out clean and tasteless.
Prepare Your Flavors – The options here are virtually endless. You have a ton of fruits, herbs, and extracts at your disposal (we’ll discuss a few flavored water recipes below). Slice your fruit into small chunks, muddle the fresh herbs, and gather fruit juices if the recipe calls for it.
Mix – Find a large glass container (plastic can leach chemicals and distort flavor) and mix in the water and flavors. There are also fruit infusion glass pitchers that make the process easy and clean. Some people like to mix in ice with the fruit as well to get a nice and chilled result.
Let it Sit – Now that your ingredients are mixed, let them sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight. As the mixture spends more time marinating, it’ll soak up more flavor and vitamins. Have one mixture ready while you’re preparing another one or keep multiple flavors at hand so you never have to go without a refreshing dose of flavored water!
Flavored Water Ideas
The ingredient to water ratio is debatable for each recipe. A good indication is 1 part fruit for every 4 parts water. Herbs can vary in potency and should start off small to avoid overwhelming the drink. After experimenting a bit you’ll find the ideal mixtures for your own taste-buds. For each recipe idea you push around the fruits with a muddler or spoon to release some of the juices prior to adding water.
Very Berry Water
Berries are packed with antioxidants and delicious natural sugars and are true superfoods. Mix together some raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries for some berry good water. To learn more about the amazing healing properties of berries, you can find more information in my e-book The Healing Berry Guide. This e-book will teach you how to transform your health with berries and is a must for berry lovers.
Cinnamon Apple Water
Take a small amount of cinnamon and add it right to the jar. Slice thinly the apples and gently muddle it before adding ice and water.
Cucumber Mint Lemon Water
This subtle drink is a refreshing and healthy twist on the average flavored water recipe. Slice a cucumber and a little bit of lemon and mush a few mint leaves (enough to release the flavor without bruising the leaves) and let it sit overnight. You can find here more information about the health benefits of drinking lemon water.
Mix together a ratio of 4 basil leaves for every 1 ½ cups of strawberries for optimal flavor on this one. This one is a great mixture to cool off on a hot day.
Get a little bit of natural vanilla extract and slice up a few pears for a sweet drink mix. Vanilla also works great when mixed with peaches if you prefer.
Other Ingredients to Consider
There are tons of combinations just waiting to be discovered. Consider mixing together any of these ingredients and make your own delicious blend of flavored water!
- Green Tea
- Coffee Beans (great with vanilla)
The opportunities are limited only by your imagination, now get out and start mixing!
Read my other related posts:
1. The Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Water
2. 7 Warning Signs That Tell You Your Body Is Lacking Water
3. Which Is Better: Drinking Cold Or Warm Water?