We are all aware about the benefits of drinking adequate water. The winter season reduces people’s urge to drink water. This winter, try drinking home-made infused water for its goodness, nutrition and taste.
If you are someone who battles skin problems, take a note that dry skin and mouth, body rash and hair fall, as well as tickling sensation on body and hands, are all signs of dehydration. They tend to aggravate if caffeine-rich products, such as tea and coffee, are considered instead of water. For those of you who prefer taste over simplicity, infused water can be the perfect fit for your taste buds.
Infused water is prepared by infusing fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds in plain water. It can be easily prepared at home. It is a two-step process that involves cutting fruits and vegetables or sprinkling herbs and leaving them overnight.
Some of the ingredients that can be used during winters to make this recipe are lemon, chia seeds, orange, strawberry, blueberry, ginger, cilantro, mint, cinnamon, carrom seeds and cucumber. To prepare the drink, keep the infused ingredient in water overnight or for at least 8-10 hours for all its juices to be absorbed in water. Drink it the next day. You can also use an infuser mug or a bottle with an infuser for best results.
While the preparation looks like a child’s play, picking the right ingredients isn’t an easy job. It is important not to mix ingredients that have hot properties with the cold ones. For example, cinnamon which helps in easing cough should not be mixed with mint, as the latter leaves a cooling effect on body.
Similarly, prior health conditions should be kept in mind before consuming this drink. This also means that though infused water may be beneficial to some, it cannot show results in all cases, considering the consumer’s past history of ailments.
For instance, if a person is battling weight loss but has a thyroid deficiency, due to slow metabolism, strawberry or lemon infused water may not show as good results as the one who does not have a deficiency. So, it’s important to take a doctor’s advice before considering infused water as a one-stop solution.
Other health benefits
Lemon, orange, cucumber, cilantro
Manages water weight, curtails bloating, improves hydration and digestion
Improves digestion, promotes fat burn, tackles head and stomach ache, acts as a breath freshener
Curbs nausea and vomiting, improves digestion, soothes throat infections
Improves digestion, immune system and cardiovascular health, regulates blood sugar
Supports immune system, boosts energy levels
Helps in weight loss, aids proper digestion, fights cough and cold, regulates cholesterol
Aids weight loss, reduces stress, controls blood glucose levels
Prevents infections, improves respiratory health, relieves body pain, promotes weight loss