Hello, friends! I receive a lot of questions about the health benefits of infused waters, especially the nutritional value of each recipe. The truth is that the main health benefit of infused waters is HYDRATION. While you do gain some nutrition from each infused fruit, you do not ingest the same fiber, nutrients, and vitamins as you would when blending fruits/veggies and drinking them. In addition, measuring the exact nutritional density of infused waters is also difficult because of how long, at what temperature, and in what amount of water you infuse your ingredients.
That being said, please don’t dismiss infused waters simply because they are not vitamin powerhouses. Hydration is absolutely critical to healthy functioning of your body and brain! Drinking ample water on a daily basis helps to:
- Transport nutrients and oxygen
- Protect your organs and keeps them functioning optimally
- Keep your skin looking young and soft (yay!)
- Regulate body temperature (important for staying warm during winter)
- Counter dehydration from coffee, alcohol, medications, and exercise
- Lubricate joints
- Energize muscles
- Keep your bowel movements regular
- Make you to feel full (and lose weight)
- Think more clearly
What makes infused waters so great is that you are supplying your body with pure water that has been slightly flavored by fresh fruits and herbs, both of which naturally contain water! Infused waters are superior to “vitamin waters” that are made with artificial coloring and chemical vitamins and, of course, far superior to diet sodas that are loaded with caramel coloring and aspartame. Infused waters are also great for those of us who get bored of plain water, which sounds spoiled to say, but does happen if you are committed to drinking a lot of water every day.
If you are concerned about getting a full spectrum of vitamins in your daily diet, I highly recommend starting your day off with a green smoothie. Today’s powerful blenders make it very easy to make a smoothie on the go. I personally start every morning with a green smoothie made in my BlendTec using coconut water, kale, fresh ground flax seeds, avocado, spinach, and…whatever green veggies I have in my fridge. Green smoothies truly make you feel radiant.
Throughout the day, I’ll sip on my infused waters, knowing that I am supplying my body with an optimal water source on top of a nutrient-dense diet. These are the best two gifts you can give your body: adequate water intake and a daily vitamin load from natural, fresh plant sources.
Cheers to your good health and hydration!