Drinking water isn’t everyone’s favourite habit. Unless you’re into daily marathons.
Even though its importance stays akin to maintaining a healthy life, not many of us love having water. The solution? Infusing water with the right ingredients! It is as simple as opening the door to your fridge, so doesn’t even pinch much.
To add to that, infused water not only increases our hydration levels but has wide-ranging health benefits.
Browse through your options for the season, and add taste and health to water while providing your body with its immunity shot.
Going the Ayurvedic Way
Living in India means being a part of its medicinal bounty present right in our kitchens. Ayurveda, the epicentre of benefits continues to improve lives, even in water. While water stands as a primary source to better health, infusing it with the strength of medicinal herbs and spices adds nutrition and more to it.
Coriander- The Powerful Antioxidant
These little seeds solve a mighty purpose for our bodies. With ageing, the body’s anti-oxidation process begins to slows down. Adding coriander seeds to iLIV’s balanced, alkaline water activates the body’s anti-oxidant properties by a high margin.
Coriander infused water also combats digestive issues springing from slow metabolism.
Mighty easy to add to your routine, soak a teaspoon of coriander seeds overnight a glass of water. Have it as your first morning drink.
Cinnamon sticks- The Anti-Inflammatory Booster
Cinnamon has high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When infused in water, it can also help control blood sugar levels for diabetics- making it a natural choice for many families.
In comparison to coriander, cinnamon sticks need to be soaked for a longer period. Cinnamon infused water should be soaked an afternoon prior to consumption which makes for a 24-hour infusion period.
The Triphala mixture is made of three ingredients: Indian gooseberries, black myrobalan and haritaki, and can be found at any Ayurvedic store. It boosts overall health and immunity, and adds many more benefits.
One can consume the Triphala infused water as their morning or night drink. The best way is to infuse it in the morning for the night and vice-versa.
The Summer Infusion Guide
Summer and refreshing juices are synonymous. Also, could there be anything better than creating your very own vitamin water? Infusing water with a mix of your favourite fruits is an immunity superpower.
- You create at-home vitamin water
- Fruits become a regular part of your diet
- You have a delicious, summer-ready Instagram feed
When it comes to infusing water with fruits or vegetables, you don’t need to wait overnight. As all fruits have high water content, they begin to add flavour as soon as they are soaked in water.
Here are some ways to add some lovely fruit notes to your water. The recipe works best if you get a large jar to infuse at least five glasses of water in one go.
Strawberry, Basil and Lemon
Enjoy a burst of vitamin-rich flavoured water right at home. Strawberries, basil and lemon feel like a refresher, while also being blessedly delightful on a hot summer day.
1/2 cup freshly sliced strawberries
5 large fresh basil leaves
1 thinly sliced lemon
Blackberries, Orange and Ginger
If you like a bitter flavour, this makes for a great choice! The combination is a complete vitamin dose coupled with high anti-oxidation.
½ pint blackberries
1 thinly sliced orange thinly sliced
1 (2-inch) piece thinly sliced ginger
Blueberry, Lemon and Rosemary
This combination will greatly enhance your water flavour, with an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost. Adding lemon adds to one’s Vitamin C, which protects against COVID-19.
1/2 pint blueberries
1 thinly sliced lemon
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Watermelon, Kiwi and Lime
Watermelon mixed in water is like a flavourful explosion. The infusion time is quick as watermelon is made of 92% water. Combined with lime and kiwi, you get an entire jar of Vitamin C, for a better heart and digestive health.
1 cup watermelon cubes
1 kiwi cut into circles
1 sliced lime
Mango, Raspberry, and Ginger
Welcome the zesty ginger notes balanced by the sweetness of raspberry and mango. This combination has turned into a favorite for many because of its unique taste As ginger is a strong antioxidant, it helps lower blood sugar and blood lipids. Raspberry lends potassium and Omega-3 , while mango increases iron absorption and growth and repair.
1 peeled and cubed mango
1/2 pint raspberries
1 (2-inch) piece peeled and thinly sliced ginger
How long should I refrigerate infused water?
Fruit infused water is a quicker process and takes 3-4 hours once refrigerated.
When should I remove the fruits?
You can remove the fruits after 4-5 hours in case you plan to have this water a day later.
How does the water taste after infusion?
If you infuse water for a longer span of about 6-8 hours, it tastes bitter. If it’s done within 3-4 hours, it tastes subtle.
Can you eat the fruits that are infused in water?
Absolutely! Although, most of the flavour would’ve been used.
Can you use the same fruits multiple times?
Yes, you can infuse two jars with the same fruits within a span of 6-8 hours.
How long can I keep infused water in the fridge?
You can refrigerate infused water for 3-4 days once the fruits are out of the jar.
Adding ingredients to water is a great way to boost its rich properties. With the continued focus on safety and sustainability, the iLIV water system has a built-in detoxifier which cleanses fruits, vegetables, and packaged food using ozone bubbles- without wasting a single drop.
Learn more about how you can add safety and health to your life out here.