“Water is importance to the mechanics of the human body. The body cannot work without it, just as a car cannot run without gas and oil. In fact, all the cell and organ functions that make up our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning.” – Advanced Purification Engineering (APEC)
Our body weight is comprised of 60 percent water. Every cell, organ, and tissue use water for a myriad of functions, from protecting tissues and joints to providing necessary moisture for the brain and spinal cord. Water is required for removal of waste products, healthy digestion, and maintaining optimal body temperature.
We all know and understand the importance of water, yet some of us are not mindful of this fact. Some of us go an entire day without bothering to reach for a bottle or fill a glass with water. Needless to say, this is a bad habit that is harmful to our health and well-being.
“But I drink coffee, that has water.” Yes, and, unless it is decaffeinated (what’s that?), it also contains diuretic properties that negate most of its inherent nutritional value. Tea? Same concept. Beer? Well, we’ll leave that one alone.
Some of us just don’t “like the taste” of water. That’s fair, which is why we decided to research and write about things we can add to our water that not only improves health but also help improve the taste.
In adding these ingredients to your water, you’ll benefit in a couple of ways. First, your body will be replenished, and you’ll likely “feel” healthier. Second, it will help you think clearer and promote a healthier state of mind.
So here are the six ingredients (and why you should add them):
Apples are an excellent addition to water, as they are packed with iron and low in calories. They’re also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, dietary fiber, and phytonutrients. The antioxidant and phytonutrients contained in apples “may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.”
Apples also taste great, and as there are numerous varieties of the fruit, it can enhance the taste of your water depending on your palette.
Fresh cucumber is also high in water content, providing our body with an additional “health bonus.” Nutritionally, cucumbers contain plenty of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and potassium. Cucumbers also have cancer-fighting ingredients, such as fisetin, caffeic acid, and lutein.
Cut a few thin slices and mix them with a cold glass of H2O for a refreshing drink.
Regarding antioxidants, blueberries are among the most potent sources. Antioxidants are molecules that serve a vital role in preventing cell damage and eliminating free radicals.
Blueberries are sweet, colorful, and make for a great ingredient in a glass of water. Just buy some fresh blueberries at the local market, rinse them off, and drop them in. Enjoy!
4. Lemons and Limes
If you enjoy a bit of a sour taste, reach for a lemon. If you appreciate a bit or tart, reach for a lime. Either ingredient serves as a great compliment to a glass of water.
Lemons are among the most nutrient-dense of any fruit; containing B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium. They also aid both your digestive and immune systems.
Limes pack a bunch of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They also promote healthy blood flow and heart health.
A no-brainer here, right? Oranges are just plain delicious. They’re also excellent for health purposes. Of course, oranges are loaded with vitamin C which helps to strengthen the immune system. They’re also a sound source of B-complex vitamins, dietary fiber, calcium, copper and potassium.
Squeeze a fresh orange into a glass, or cut it into small sections. The latter option may help absorb some of the additional nutrients contained in the orange’s peel.
6. Mint leaves
While a mint’s taste may not be for everyone, fresh mint leaves are healthy for a number of reasons. Mint promotes healthy digestion, reduces indigestion and inflammation, and can counteract nausea.
Mint is a rich source of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. Mint is also a decent source of antioxidants.
Oh, and it’s maybe the best option on the list for freshening your breath (of course!)