Water Infusions

Water is essential for our lives. We can live without food for about 3 weeks but without water, you would likely only survive for 3-4 days. It is something that many of us forget to drink on a regular basis. And by the time your body tells you it’s thirsty, it is most likely on it’s way to dehydration.

Here in British Columbia interior, our winters can be pretty cold and dry. In the summer months, I find it is easier to drink water because it cools you off in the summer sun. But, during the winter months, it is just as important to maintain your water intake. I know for me there is no way I would be putting ice cubes into my water. So these three water infusions are a great way to stay hydrated and you can serve them at room temperature when it is cold out.

So why do we need water?! Well, our bodies are made up of approx 60% water (depends on how much fat or muscle someone has as muscle stores more water than fat). Our organs in our bodies are made up of a higher percentage of water. So for them to function at their optimum we need water. Also, the lymphatic fluid that moves through our bodies, protecting us from viruses and bacteria is largely comprised of water. I always tell my kids to drink lots of water in the winter months so the bugs can’t stick to them. Lastly, water helps your digestive system stay lubricated so you don’t get constipated. It is really the most incredible nutrient you can give your body.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that we should be drinking room temperature water to keep the fire in our stomachs burning to support our digestion. I am a big believer in this and have adopted this principle in my life. I don’t drink water 20 mins before and after my meals. WHY?! Because our bodies secrete digestive juices in anticipation for our food and when you add water while the digestive process is going, you end up water down those concentrated juices This can make your stomach work harder to digest your meal. When I stopped drinking water with my meals I noticed a huge improvement in my own digestion.

Let’s get down to recipes! I love the tummy helper recipe as it is my regular go to! My girls also love this recipe and if they are having any tummy troubles we make this infused water. It has ginger, mint, and nectarine in it. (If there aren’t nectaries in season, we have used mangoes and works just as well.)

The pomegranate, cherry, hibiscus is a super wonderful berry infusion. The nice thing about hibiscus is it is high in vitamin C, for your immune health in the winter time.

Lastly, the watermelon basil water infusion has the taste of summer. If you can’t find watermelon in the winter any other kind of melon would work well with the basil. The fun thing about water infusions is that the combinations are endless!  You get to create your own amazing infusions and stay hydrated this winter. Your body will thank you for it.

It is best to refrigerate these infusions if you aren’t going to consume them in an afternoon. To bring it back up to room temperature, just simply place a glass of your favorite infusion on the counter and let warm up or add a little hot water to bring it back up to room temperature.

Serves 3 Large glasses of infused water

Infused Water Recipes

Yields 3 servings

3 water infused recipes to hydrate that gorgeous body of yours. Water doesn't have to be boring!

5 min

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Cherry Pomegranate Water Infusion
  • 1 liter filtered water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 20 cherries
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 1 cup hot filtered water
  • Watermelon Basil Infused Water
  • 1 liter filtered water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1½ cups watermelon
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • Tummy Helper Infusion
  • Ingredients
  • 1 liter filtered water
  • 1 nectarine (can substitute for a mango)
  • 2 inches of ginger root
  • 10 mint leaves

Instructions

    Cherry Pomegranate Water Infusion
  1. Place tea bag in hot water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut pomegranate and remove seeds.
  3. Discard skin and pulp, and set seeds aside. Cut cherries and throw away pits. Set aside. Add 1 cup hibiscus tea water, cherries, pomegranates and ice to a large pitcher.
  4. Let stand for 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge or counter to bring out flavors. (You can add a little coconut nectar to sweeten.)
  5. Watermelon Basil Infused Water
  6. Cut up watermelon into slices or cubes. Add watermelon, ice, filtered water, and basil into a large pitcher and let sit for 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge to bring out flavours.
  7. Tummy Helper Infusion
  8. Cut nectarine and ginger into slices. Add all ingredients into a pitcher. Let sit for 2-3 hours or overnight in the fridge to let the flavours infuse.
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