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Fruit Infused Water

March 31, 2015

Did you know that your body is composed of about 60% water? Water is an essential part of life for every single one of us. Drinking water for some people can be easy to do throughout the day, but some of us struggle with consuming the right amount. Thirst and hunger trigger the same feeling in our bodies, so next time you’re hungry try drinking a glass of water first. You might just be thirsty! The same goes for little headaches. Before grabbing an aspirin try sipping on some water.

When I start a new healthy habit I find out the “why” behind it. I ask myself why I’m doing it and what it will add to my life so that when I get tempted to pull away from the habit I can go back to the reason I started in the first place. Here are a few reasons to drink more water: it cleanses our bodies, boosts metabolism, transports nutrients, maintains our body temperature, gives us a healthy glow, improves brain function, and creates saliva.
Many people have told me they simply don’t like the taste of water and they need something more. I decided to share one of my favorite tricks to spice up my water. I hope this encourages you to have fun with hydrating your body now that you know how much of an impact it makes.

Ingredients
1 lime
Fresh mint leaves
1 lemon
1 cucumber
fresh strawberries

Slice up all of your fruit. Put the lime, lemon, cucumber, and mint leaves in your water bottle. You can use as many mint leaves as you’d like. I typically use 5 large mint leaves.

Put filtered water in the bottle and allow it to sit overnight in your refrigerator. When you wake up it will be infused with the fruit and ready to enjoy!
So why are we doing this? The lemon will help balance out our pH levels. It’s also full of vitamin C. Mint helps soothe the stomach, minimize inflammation, and helps get rid of headaches. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. It has also been said to lower cholesterol. Cucumbers contain silica, which helps the skin. Your one bottle of water packs a ton of amazing nutrients that your body needs.

I refill my bottle a couple of times throughout the day and keep the fruit until it looks like it’s ready to switch out or my water stops tasting fresh. You can choose to eat the fruit or throw it away. Have fun with this and use different fruits and veggies. I also love to put strawberries and lemon in my water. Pineapple, mango, kiwi, and oranges are also great options.

Try your best to stay hydrated this week. Take it one day at a time and be patient with yourself. Remember that you can get ahead by waking up and immediately drinking a glass of water and doing the same before bed. Drink a glass before or after every meal, and remember to listen to your body. You’ll need to drink more water if you’re really active during the day and working up a sweat. Happy hydrating!

Author: Salus Blogger, Bailey Nielson

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