Water is life. Literally. You can't live without it. So what happens when it bores you to tears? There are so many ways to freshen up your water. Here's some suggestions! The best part? Your health may even benefit from these additions!
Mint promotes digestion. It also soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation (source Organic Facts).
Cucumbers are known to be an excellent source of vitamins, including anti-inflammatory vitamin K, infection-fighting vitamin C, and energy-producing pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Body-beneficial minerals include bone-building manganese, as well as potassium and magnesium, both good for your heart (source Food Facts).
Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain (source Medical News Today).
Lemons offer a little Immune System Boost. Lemons contain Vitamin C… not a spectacularly high amount, but 30-50 mg per lemon. They also contain potassium. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning gives the body a chance to absorb these vitamins effectively and can provide a little immune boost.
Herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas all have a ton of effective health benefits and are widely varying. Luckily, tea is available in a wide variety in most places! Check out your local grocer or health market and see for yourself!
I know, honey water. Whaaat?! But seriously, it's delicious and it has so many benefits. Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Ancient Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners. Honey also helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey (source Care 2). If you consume local honey (bee pollen), it can also help with allergies! Try boiling your honey to make a simple honey syrup. This will make the honey more diluted for better mixing.
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