Have you ever wondered why people put lemon, cucumber or any other random garnish in their water? There are actually health benefits to adding fruits, herbs and vegetables to your aqua. I am definitely one of those random people. I love naturally flavored water. The following are three examples of easy-to-grab things from the store, to put in your water;
Lemon: Putting a slice of lemon into a glass of water isn’t just an old restaurant trick. This habit offers your body key nutrients and disease fighting benefits. Lemon strengthens veins and fights high blood pressure, stimulates liver function and helps flush out poisons from your body. Also, lemon is high in potassium.
Drink a glass of water, with lemon, at room temperature, in the morning to clear you digestive track for the day.
Cucumber: Putting cucumber in your water will give you anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting benefits. Cucumbers contain three lignans (estrogen-like compounds), which have been proven to fight breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers. Also, cucumber provides vitamin C and potassium.
Mint: Adding mint to your water brings nutrition and digestive health. Drinking water with mint, has been a long-standing remedy for digestive problems. Modern research has confirmed that this natural diuretic can help stop colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Mint water is rich in vitamin A, C and B12, with traces of iron, potassium, selenium and zinc.
There you have it! Start adding your fruits, veggies and herbs to your water, and I can almost guarantee you will start to feeling better.
Trader Joes has a great herb plant right now, that is perfect for a small indoor herb garden.
Buy Persian cucumbers (the small ones), if you have a choice. They always have the best flavored skin, and you want to keep the skin on because that is where all the nutrients are.
Costco offers the best bag of lemons in town. Their large and have lots of flavor. Farmers Market is also a good source.