How To Make Your Own Infused Water

It’s no secret that water is the secret sauce to almost everything. Have you ever thought about how important water is to your survival? If you haven’t then you need to stop for a second and remember that you can only survive a few days without water (depending on the heat, it could be even less). That is insane! Water is probably the most important “supplement” you can have in your diet on the daily because, well, you need it to survive.   Adequate water also helps with weight loss (my favorite perk ;)), digestive health, mood and energy, and possibly even immune function.

Tell me that I am not the only one that gets bored drinking plain water! In an effort to keep things exciting and interesting in the water bottle department I have started drinking infused water. IT HAS CHANGED MY (water) LIFE. Infused water has been a complete game changer for me. I first started by adding lemon essential oil (which I still love BTW).

Essential Oils

Lemon is a fantastic natural detoxifier and is so amazing at cleaning out your system. When I wake up, the first thing I drink is a glass of warm lemon water. I usually juice 1/2 lemon and add 2-3 drops of my lemon essential oil. I keep a stainless steel water bottle with me when I leave the house and I’ve been adding lemon essential oil and it is goooood. Whenever I get bored with lemon, I’ll switch over to grapefruit, wild orange, lime, or the Slim and Sassy blend.  Honestly, if you are short on time but still want flavored water, this is easily the way to go. Thank me later! 🙂

Produce Infusion

I work from home, so usually, I fill up and drink 2 pitchers of water each day. Because my pitchers are plastic, I don’t add essential oils directly into the pitcher (they are so powerful that they can break down the plastic). I’ve been adding fresh fruits, veggies, herbs to lightly flavor the water. I’ve found that this helps me drink so much more!

Slim Down 

  • 1 pitcher of water
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cucumber

Grapefruit has been basically always been known to be a weight loss aid. Heard of the “Grapefruit Diet”?  It contains an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase, which appears to boost the body’s energy processes (AKA metabolism). It has also been shown to help muscles use stored fat during exercise.

Immune Support 

  • 1 pitcher of water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 knob crushed ginger

Ginger has been found to help support a healthy immune system and to bring it back to balance. It is also known for acting as an antioxidant because it neutralizes free radicals in the body. Ginger is a very calming food for the digestive system, so this is an especially good drink if your stomach is feeling upset. I think that ginger tastes amazing (I could eat it plain haha). Don’t add too much it can have a ‘spicy’ taste if you aren’t used to it.

Stress Relief 

  • 1 pitcher of water
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 4-5 basil leaves

Basil has gone through a rigorous amount of scientific studies and has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, pain and fever reducing and stress reducing. My favorite property of basil is that it helps the body adapt to stress and return to homeostasis. I am low key obsessed with it.  It also smells super fresh to me. I hope you end up loving basil as much as I do!

Drink up!

At the end of the day, water is vital to all of your body’s normal functions and can assist in some of your goals (hello weight loss). SO DRINK WATER! If there is one healthy habit that you can commit to today, choose water. It’s free and you can easily spice it up so that it is a little more fun. If you are really committed, you can always do a 30-day Gallon Challenge.  Whatever you choose to do, drink that water!