Flavor your infused water with these ten juicy fruits! They not only let you hydrate in a tasty way but also give you much-needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in every sip.
Like any other berry, strawberries contain antioxidants that help protect the body from harmful free radicals. Strawberries also give you polyphenols, a type of phytochemicals that may aid digestion and weight loss and promote cardiovascular health. Strawberries are also high in nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, folate and dietary fiber.
Orange is the world’s third favorite flavor and it’s not at all surprising considering how refreshing it tastes without overpowering your taste buds. But the orange fruit is also a powerhouse when it comes to health benefits. It has enough vitamin C to cover your RDA and gives you a plethora of other goodies as well, like fighting cancer, preventing kidney diseases, keeping your blood pressure in check, warding off viral infections and giving you natural constipation relief.
Lemon and lime transformed the term infused water to detox water with its detoxifying and cleansing properties. They contain flavonoids, phytochemicals that are antioxidant-rich and are also anti-cancer. The fruit peel of lemons and limes naturally contain limonene, a substance used to aid weight loss, treat and prevent cancer, as well as bronchitis. Both are also great sources of vitamin C, B6, folate and potassium. Lemon and lime infused waters are great for those looking for a zesty, refreshing drink.
This tropical fruit packs as much vitamins, minerals and fiber as it packs flavor. For years, it’s been known to boost the immune system and help digestion, even aiding weight loss. It is also a go-to natural remedy for cough, colds and other matters concerning respiratory health. It keeps your bones strong and helps your body fight inflammation.
Did you know that kiwis pack more vitamin C than oranges? A cup of kiwi gives you double the RDA of vitamin C! The kiwi is also loaded with vitamin E which helps lower cholesterol and protects the body from free radical damage. Lutein, a powerful antioxidant that helps vision and prevents eye disease, is also found in the kiwifruit.
Apple infused water tastes just like apple juice, minus all that sugar! Apples are chockfull of antioxidants, with Granny Smith and Red Delicious variants ranking 13th and 12th place respectively in the USDA’s list of 100 foods with the highest antioxidant concentration. Apples are also high in dietary fiber and phytonutrients that help curb cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
A cup of mangoes gives you vitamin C, A, B6, K, potassium, folate and dietary fiber. It also adds calcium and iron to your diet. Mangoes contain powerful antioxidants that helps keep your eyes healthy such as zeaxanthin and beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. This juicy fruit also lends a sweet flavor to infused water.
Watermelons hydrate the body even when consumed on its own but it’s a great fruit to flavor your infused water too! It contains vitamin A, B6 and C. It also has lots of other goodies such as antioxidants, lycopene and amino acids. Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes, helps fight a myriad of diseases and infections and is also a cancer-fighting substance. Unlike other infused water fruits, you can still enjoy watermelons after you’ve used it to flavor your water.
This nutrient-dense fruit packs vitamin A and C, dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium in one juicy flesh! It also has antioxidants and (surprise!) protein content higher than other fruits. If you’re on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, nectarines are perfect for you!
Fresh plums and even dried ones (prunes) are high in antioxidants called phenols. This sweet fruit is also packed with vitamin C plus the unique ability to help your body absorb more iron. Plums are also known to keep blood sugar levels in check, help weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and promote overall digestive health. Anthocyanins, the substance responsible for plum’s reddish-blue color, also help protect the body from cancer.
With all these health benefits, there’s no denying that drinking infused water is a healthy and delicious way to hydrate your body. It’s super simple to do too! Just pick your favorite fruits, vegetables, herbs or a combination of the three and let it seep for a few hours.
Want it even faster and on the go? You might want to check out a fruit infusion water bottle with built-in juicer to enjoy yummy, healthy infused water wherever you want and whenever you want.