Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Infused water for better health

A very simple idea indeed but one which I think everyone should try at home. Not only does it add a hint of flavour to your water but it is a great way to boost your daily vitamin intake.

I find drinking water pretty easy, but admit when I'm at home it often slips my mind. I know some others find it a constant struggle though - So this simple idea may help increase your fluid intake throughout the day.

I was initially inspired by Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Mickey Trescott who has just published a new cookbook called The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

According to Mickey, to get the most out of your infused water, you must add an acidic fruit, a sweet fruit and a herb.

So with that in mind I make a new batch every second day and keep it in the fridge. It reminds me to drink water when I'm at home. It's also nice to offer any guests that may pop in.

It's best to make it the night before if possible as it allows the flavours to intensify. 

My favourite combination at the moment is sliced lemon or lime, raspberries and mint. 

I also add extras depending on how I'm feeling. With this batch I added a few slices of fresh ginger as I had been feeling a little under the weather.




Here are a list of a few different ideas to get you started - simply add a few slices/pieces to 1-2 litres of filtered water and store in the fridge:

Acidic Fruit
Lime
Lemon
Ruby Red Grapefruit
Orange

Sweet Fruit/Vegetable
Raspberries
Blueberries
Mango
Nectarine
Cherry
Peach
Cucumber
Pineapple
Granny Smith Apple

Herbs
Mint
Lavender
Rosemary
Thyme
Sage


Tell me, what are your favourite combinations?