Ingredients That Can Make Your Water Healthier and Tastier Jun 28, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Some people simply hate water. They don’t love the taste, or they believe that water is boring, making it hard to get the recommended eight glasses of water a day! With that being said, when you don't drink enough water on a regular basis there are some serious consequences - including headaches, dry skin, muscle pain, and sluggishness. If you’re the type of person who finds water too boring to consume, we have some awesome hacks that will help you stay hydrated AND enjoy the water at the same time!
This is probably the most common way to spice up your average glass of water, but lemon does more than help your water taste better. Lemon helps cleanse and alkalize the body and is a common ingredient in most detox regimens. Other citrus fruits can add flavor and vitamins as well, but lemon is definitely the healthiest option. It’s an easy way to add some flavor AND it’s healthy. Seems like a winning addition in our opinion.
If your stomach is feeling a bit upset and ginger is too strong for your taste, mint is the perfect thing to add to your water. Mint aids in digestion and alleviates abdominal discomfort. At the same time, mint is just delicious and refreshing! Just like a fancy cocktail, enjoy a glass of mint-infused water after a meal to take advantage of its effects and enjoy a refreshing drink.
We find chlorophyll in juices made from plants and it’s another effective superfood. Chlorophyll is known as a quick and relatively tasty hangover remedy - compared to some of the other options - and it’s even better if you sip on the juice throughout the day. When you add a drop of chlorophyll to your water, you’re adding in iron, hydration, an internal deodorant, a digestive aid, and a huge amount of antioxidants.
Along with lemon, ginger is great for cleansing your body and also fights indigestion and nausea. It’s perfect mixed with lemon, especially if you’re feeling sick to your stomach, and it will provide a boost to your system if you drink a glass first thing in the morning. Ginger can be quite strong, but you can still add it to cold water, boil it in water and sip on the juice, or add boiled ginger juice to a fresh glass of water to dilute the intensity.
Chia seeds are a superfood and for good reason. They are PACKED with fiber and hydration. Sprinkle a few of them into your water and let them sit for a few minutes before, letting the chia seeds absorb some of the water and then release their nutrients when you take a drink. However, it’s also important not to overload your water with chia seeds as they may cause some discomfort to your stomach in excessive quantities. Just a sprinkle is all you need at one time!
Basil is hiding some serious anti-bacterial properties and helps relieve stress. Although we might enjoy it more on our pasta and pizza, it can also be a great addition to our water! Rip up some of the leaves and let it steep in your water for a delicious (and healthy) beverage.
There are a ton of vitamins and healthy components found in cayenne pepper. When you add the pepper to water, it can help boost your metabolism if you’ve been feeling sluggish - not to mention a quick and spicy jolt to the system! It also has a ton of antioxidants in it too, which help fight the free radicals found in the body. If you’re a sucker for spice, this is the perfect additive for your glass of water!
Everyone knows that aloe is a useful remedy for sunburns, or any other burns, but did you know it does a really good job at soothing your body and digestion? If you suffer from digestive issues, aloe can be especially helpful. Blend the gel from an aloe plant into your water and enjoy!
Roses are a great addition to your kitchen and not just because they look pretty! People have been drinking rose-infused water for a long time. Roses contain a surprising number of healthy vitamins and have anti-inflammatory properties. Rosewater is said to have has calming effects when ingested, making it the perfect beverage to help you sleep. Plus - how gorgeous does it look in a water bottle? That’s one classy glass of rosewater.
Cucumbers are actually one of the best vegetables you can eat that will hydrate your body. They contain a ton of anti-inflammatory properties that help your body in a multitude of ways. Also, because of that, cucumber water is perfect during and after your workouts. Not to mention it helps the water taste less…watery.
You can find silica in mineral water, so you’ve probably had a healthy glass of silica already. Silica helps to boost our immune system and can remove excess heavy metals from our body, in addition to strengthening our skin, hair, and nails. If you like the taste of mineral water rather than tap, silica is an easy way to spice up your hydration.
Don’t risk your health and comfort by avoiding the recommended amount of water we need every day, instead, find a perfect additive that keeps your refreshed and happy.