By Renee Arbia
We completely have cut out soda from our house. Once in a while at a restaurant or if we have a birthday party we have some around, but it is hardly ever used. We have been going with out it for a few years now. First, we switched to Seltzer Water, with no added ingredients it was great because it still had the carbonation that made you feel like you were drinking something refreshing.
However, Seltzer Water is not good as you age, as the phosphorous from the carbonation can lead to bone deterioration. So we had been looking into other alternatives. Once while we were all sick I had read it was healthy to drink lemon water.
The lemon water was a huge success. Slice up three lemons and put them in a pitcher of water over night and you have a deliciously refreshing drink. After a couple months of lemon water and with summer on its way I started looking for some more refreshing drinks. I wanted to find drinks that were healthy and also taste good that would be fun to drink at parties and on the beach. I always especially want to make sure we stay hydrated in the summer as it is so hot in the south when you are in the sun all day.
It does not take long to look on the internet and find multiple ideas online. It was online I found out more about infusion water and how beneficial it is for you. Infusion water is water that has fresh washed fruit, cut up and soaked in it. Typically recipes are for a pitcher of water around (32 ounces). We have found you can usually refill the water around four times and still have a fresh fruit taste. So you have a refreshing, healthy and easy to make drink that is all natural and hydrating.
You can make infusion water from any fresh fruit or vegetables, but obviously some combinations are much better than others. Typically the desired fruits and vegetables are cucumbers, oranges, lemons, limes, watermelons, grapefruit, strawberries, kiwi and blueberries. Some herbs that are commonly used in infusion water are cilantro, mint, lavender and Basil.You may want to strain seeds after the 24hour sit in the fridge. We just strain while pouring over a glass.
Besides infusion water being a refreshing drink there are a plethora of reasons to drink it; it reduces heartburn, it offers good immune defense, it is a good source of Vitamin C, it aids in digestion, it is good for cardiovascular health, it regulates blood sugar, it hydrates, controls your appetite, reduces bloating, removes water weight, helps you burn fat, eases congestion and is a natural breath freshener.
Here are some of our favorite combinations. Try them out and let us know what your favorites are!
Cucumber, oranges and lemon (mint optional)
Blueberries and oranges
Green Tea, mint, and lime
Cucumber, lime and lemon
Strawberry and kiwi
Lemon, lime and orange
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