Summer temperatures may be lingering, but this may be just the motivation many need to keep their water intake up! It can be hard to motivate yourself to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. With that said, flavored water is advertised as the perfect solution and a healthy alternative to sugary drinks like soda.
A significant amount of flavored drinks contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, and coloring. Instead of these options, stop by the produce section and make your own! DIY flavored waters are refreshing and delicious, not to mention have so many health benefits, it’s hard to count them all! Here are a few favorites to try.

Limes

Adding a slice of lime to your water delivers flavor and key nutrients to your body. The juice in these acidic fruits stimulates liver function, strengthens your veins and fights high blood pressure. Citric acid and vitamin C boost your immune system. To add a flavor twist, lemons, grapefruits, and oranges all have similar benefits.

Strawberries

Strawberries are easily one of the most popular fruit choices when it comes to flavored water. Drink up the benefits of strawberry water that’s celebrated for how it strengthens and cleanses the skin, promotes the growth of good intestinal bacteria, and it’s detoxifying properties. Add mint and lemon for a weight loss, powerhouse of a drink.

Basil

Basil leaves add flavor and nutrition to your water. These leaves are more than just a great way to season pasta dishes. They are rich in vitamins A, K, and C. These leaves are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Basil can also help lower blood sugar and relieve sinus congestion. Basil water is exceptionally good for people with arthritis or asthma. Steep the leaves for over an hour or crush the basil for faster flavor infusion.

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Dandelions

Most people might not think that putting a common weed in their water sounds very appetizing, but this little flower packs a punch when it comes to nutrients. Dandelions promote weight loss, fight inflammation, reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure. They’re also packed with vitamins and minerals. When soaked with lime, dandelions are an infusion must-have.

Spices

Nutmeg is more of a warmer flavor but is still a delicious add-on to your traditional drinking water. Nutmeg is rich in manganese, it can help in the absorption of calcium, carbohydrate metabolism and it also helps in the formation of bones and tissues.

Another spice to try is Coriander. Coriander seeds are known in Europe as the anti-diabetic plant. In addition to lowering cholesterol, these seeds also improve cardiovascular health. Simply boil, soak and strain your spices in water the night before, then allow your infused water to cool while you sleep.

Watermelons, cherries, cucumber, blueberries, jalapeños, vanilla extract, virtually anything can be added to your water to boost flavor and increase the nutrition benefits. Experiment with your favorite flavors and let us know your favorite recipes.