Why Adding Fruit to Water Will Change Your Life

December 29, 2017

Fruit infused water, or water that has had fruit put in it, has many health benefits that can change your life in a positive way. The proven benefits of fruit infused water include much more than just hydration, the fruit helps in transporting nutrients and oxygen more efficiently, puts less strain on organs and can actually help your skin look and feel younger.

All types of fruit contain their own water. When you cut up a lemon and put it in your water, it can taste very lemony because the water in the fruit and the plain water you poured into the cup have blended, or infused. The vitamins and nutrients in this new infused water is chock full of health benefits that differ depending on the fruit you select. For instance, citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C that neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease.

To help you choose which fruits might be best for you on any given day, we’ve outlined a few ideas with their respective benefits below to help you stay hydrated and healthy throughout the holidays!

Apples: Loaded with iron and low in calories, apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. That puts the concept of an apple a day in a whole new light!

Blueberries: Not only one of the most potent sources of antioxidants on the market, blueberries are especially great for their high amounts of flavonoids and vitamins A, C, E, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus, which are all very beneficial and essential for ocular health.

Grapefruit: This juicy fruit will give your flavored water just the kick it needs. Not only will grapefruit make your water taste both sweet and tart, it will also help flush out toxins and wastes from your cells.

Kiwis: This tiny treat packs a big punch and is offers plenty of health benefits. Kiwis are great sources of a cleansing enzyme called actinidin, which will give your skin a natural glow.

Lemons and Limes: Swap your morning coffee for a glass of hot water and lemon. Or try chilled citrusy lemon or lime water instead. Lemons can jumpstart your digestive system and also contain d-limonene, which helps detox your liver.

Oranges: Skip orange juice and simply cut up a half orange and add to a carafe of water. This citrusy fruit contains flavanones, which have been proven to reduce the risk of stroke — and of course they’re a key source of valuable vitamin C.

Pears: Rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber, pears are delicious, nutritious and are sure to put a little pep in your step! When you eat a pear, your body absorbs glucose, which gets converted into energy readily.

Raspberries: Raspberries are one of the most versatile fruits around. They are tasty, easy to eat, rich in fiber, and contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid. A lot of these properties will help you to fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline. They are high in ellagic acid, a known chemopreventative, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Strawberries: One of our favorite fruits, strawberries contain chemical compounds called phenols, which increase the body’s production of uric acid, which has antioxidant properties. In in addition they have many other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to overall health benefits. These nutrients include vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. You can never go wrong with the sweet and tangy taste of a strawberry!

Watermelons: Watermelons are absolutely delicious, and they’re loaded with vitamins. Mostly water at 92%, watermelons will infuse easily as well. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium.