Have you Tried Infused Water?

So many people tell me about their distaste for water. Yet, water is so essential for life and optimal health. Your body needs a certain amount of water every day to function efficiently. 

According to The Mayo Clinic, water is a primary chemical component of the body, making up 60% of your total weight. Your organs, cells and tissues need water daily just to function properly. And while the great water debate continues on how much you should drink each day, I think it's more important to make sure you are drinking it each day.

Baby steps, right?

I have a suggestion. Be creative with your water consumption. Add fruit, herbs and vegetables. It will give the water an essence of flavor. Plus, you may experience health benefits. Whoa, let's take it slow you say? I say go for it. Try one of these simple recipes this week and tell me what you think.

You can make them in a glass pitcher with an infuser lid, and infuser carafe or even a mason jar with a lid. Just add your ingredients, pour in spring or filtered water and wait. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor you get (that rhymed!) I suggest at least 4 hours of steeping, but overnight and even 24 hours will give you a good punch of flavor.

One more tip: Please use high quality local produce and organic if possible and adjust the amount of produce to the size of the container you will use. I also encourage you to make up your own combinations, but here are a few to get you started:

Cherry Limeade

Halve and pit 1/2 cup of fresh cherries. Thinly slice half of a lime (rind on if organic). Add to container. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.

Cucumber Mint Refresher

Slice one half of a cucumber (peel if not organic). Thinly slice 1/3 of a lemon (keep rind on if organic). Add a handful of mint leaves. Add to container. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.

Orange Cranberry Bliss

Slice one whole orange (keep rind on if organic). Slice or crush 1/2 cup of cranberries. Add to container. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.

Island Treat

Slice one cup of fresh pineapple. Slice one cup of fresh mango. Add to container. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.