Amazing Ways to Pimp Up a Glass of Water (Infographic)

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Amazing Ways to Pimp Up a Glass of Water

Water really is an essential part of our diet. Without food, it’s possible to survive for over a month. No water, and you’ll be lucky to last a week. Fortunately, this is not a scenario most of us will come close to – and instead we can concentrate on using water for good. It may not be super-exciting, but if you stop taking water for granted for a moment you will see just how useful it is for us. It’s cheap – often free.

It does not damage your teeth, like fruit drinks and soda. It contains no sugar, no caffeine – and no calories. Drinking water ahead of mealtimes can help appease your appetite, make healthier eating choices and eat less, if you’re trying to lose weight. Even if you’re not, it’s good for your skin, it can aid your cognition, and hasten your metabolism – helping you to regulate your energy flow and burn fat.

It’s no wonder we’re recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid per day. But ensuring that as many of these as possible are plain old water can be tough. There’s nothing sexy about water: when you’re sitting at your desk or on the sofa, the prospect of getting up for a glass of water is nothing like as appealing as grabbing a soda or a beer. We’re encouraged to keep a liter bottle of mineral water by our desks, but still – how many times does that bottle reach the end of the day untouched? If only there was some kind of cheat to make water-drinking more appealing.

Thankfully, there is such a cheat. Indeed, there are many. For water’s elemental simplicity makes it ideal to pimp up with any number of tasty, healthy ingredients to make that walk to the refrigerator more appealing. The trick is to make it in batches – one or two jugs of the stuff at a time – so that getting a glass of pimped-up water is just like turning on a tap. The other secret to success is the choice of ingredients. There’s no right or wrong answer – by all means get experimenting. But here are a few ideas to get you started.

First thing in the morning, a Zingy Cucumber & Lime Detox will give you a reason to get out of bed. Lime is a really underrated fruit, the secret spark of many an Asian dish. Slice up half a lime and add it to your water to blast through the first 10% of your daily Vitamin C needs. Then slice up and add a quarter of a cucumber. The humble cucumber is quietly one of the healthiest vegetables out there. The lignans it contains have been connected with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

They’re also a valuable source of flavinoids and anti-oxidants. Cucumbers also have the same level of hydrogen as your skin, which may be why it is so widely believed to be beneficial for our cosmetic appearance. Anyway, cucumber and lime are tasty enough to make water an appealing prospect, yet not so overpowering as to be too much first thing in the morning. Put a jug in the fridge at night so you can glug back a pint of it as soon as you’re out of bed.

If it’s a hot day, you’ll want a Summer Fruit Infused Water to get you through the day. Warning: one liter may not be enough, especially if you’ve got energetic kids tearing around you. The classic recipe is a blend of summer berries and tangy citrus fruits, with a mint garnish to give it that extra zing. Raspberries will aid your metabolism and also provide a bunch of antioxidants – and it’s worth noting that organic raspberries are significantly more effective in this regard.

Ripeness is also an important factor regarding the nutritional benefits of raspberries. But anyway, raspberries are truly a field leader (excuse the pun) in terms of the diversity of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are packed in. They have also been linked with benefits for diabetics. Crushed strawberries are a great source of fiber, which will help prevent you over-eating and keep you regulated. And you already heard about the vitamin benefits of lime, but the fresh-squeezed orange juice in this cocktail will supersize that vitamin C delivery. That fresh mint that you finish with is something of a natural pick-me-up; as a stimulant, it can help your mood to match the sunny weather outside.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more kick – say a replacement for that caffeine-heavy afternoon coffee or chemically-augmented energy drink – go for a Green Tea Infused Water. The wondrous powers of green tea are widely sung, yet its bitter tang is something of an acquired taste, which tends to dissuade devotees of traditional ‘brown’ tea from persevering with it. Starting with this chilled, fruity version has its own nutritional value of its own – and may prepare you to progress to the real thing: a hot and healthy green tea.

The gateway version involves adding a sliced grapefruit, a sliced lemon, and two green tea bags to a liter of water, and leaving it out at room temperature for at least two hours so it can infuse. Pink and red grapefruits (but not white ones) are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that is a fantastic anti-cancer agent, and is actually more effective when paired with green tea. Grapefruit can also help prevent kidney stones. And taken together, the infused water drink will give you an energy and metabolism boost without the bad breath and jitter of coffee or the stealthy calories of that energy drink.

These are just three great examples of how you can turn humble water into mighty cocktail and hit your daily target of fluid intake. A great new infographic provides a series of alternative recipes to get your taste buds going before delivering that nutritional goodness to your long-suffering body. So get chopping, start infusing, and enjoy!

Infographic Source: BudgetDirect
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