Water is a life-force for our body and almost 60% of our body is made up of water. So, ensuring sufficient fluid intake is detrimental to our health. Water helps in circulation, digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients in our body. Adding certain fruits and herbs enhances the flavor of water and provides us with many nutrients that can prevent diseases.
Excess body weight can result in pains in various parts of the body. For instance, obese people experience pain in the joints, especially the knees and ankles as they tolerate the entire weight of the upper body.
Fruit-Infused Water Recipes
Some fruits and herbs, or a combination of both, can help you burn fat and avail relief from pain.
1. Rosemary And Strawberry Detox Water
This drink is not only tasty but also give you a healthy dose of the essential nutrients. Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. By adding strawberries, it makes for a wonderful detox drink.
Studies show that rosemary is effective in treating muscle pain.1 It contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce the severity of asthma attacks. It also increases the blood flow to the head and brain, improving concentration. Rosemary is also used to treat gout, cough, and headache.
Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C and have been linked to reduced risks of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Rosemary and strawberry are a potent combination for better health.
- A sprig of rosemary
- 2-3 sliced strawberries
- 2 cubes of ice
- A glass of water
- Add the rosemary and strawberries into a container.
- Top with ice and water.
- Keep the container in the fridge for an hour and then drink up.
2. Pineapple And Fennel Water
Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain helps the body heal faster and relieves aches and pains. Fennel has properties that calm the digestive system and mixing it with pineapple enhances the flavor.
A study performed on rats showed that daily supplementation of pineapple juice led to lower inflammation in their colons. Another study found that drinking pineapple juice regularly improved asthma symptoms and reduced weight in the participants.2
- 8 cups of hot water
- ½ cup of pineapple chunks
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
- Wash a pineapple thoroughly, remove its skin and slice it into cubes.
- Add the pineapple cubes in a container with 8 glasses of hot water.
- Once it cools, add the fennel seeds and allow it to soak overnight.
- Pour it into a glass and drink regularly.
3. Cucumber, Lemon, And Mint Water
Cucumber, lemon, and mint are excellent sources of vitamin C and antioxidants. Cucumber also contains vitamins and minerals that are present in the flesh and the skin, respectively, while the caffeic acid present in it reduces inflammation. Besides vitamin C, lemons also contain flavonoids and lemonin that strengthen the cells and detoxify the body.
Mint donates its unique flavor to the drink and also contains a phytonutrient called monoterpene, which has antibacterial properties. It supports the digestive system by activating salivary glands and digestive enzymes. Combining these three ingredients also helps in weight loss and helps overcome pain.
- ½ cucumber
- 2 lemons
- A sprig of mints leaves
- Add 8 glasses of water into a container.
- Slice the cucumber and the lemons.
- Add the sliced cucumber and the lemons into the container.
- Then add the sprig of mints leaves.
- Refrigerate overnight and drink up.
4. Mango And Ginger Water
The combination of mango and ginger has many health benefits. Apart from improving your metabolism, it serves as a natural pain reliever for migraines and menstrual cramps. It also helps reduce morning or motion sickness and eliminates heart burn. Mangos are known to aid in digestion and boost memory. Numerous studies show that ginger has the ability to reduce body weight.3
- 1 ginger peeled and sliced
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen mango
- 3 glasses of water
- Ice cubes
- Slice the ginger into 3-4 coin sized slices.
- Slice the mango into bite-sized cubes.
- Add them into the container with water.
- Refrigerate it or add some ice cubes before drinking it.
|↑1||Raskovic, A., I. Milanovic, N. Pavlovic, B. Milijasevic, M. Ubavic, and M. Mikov. “Analgesic effects of rosemary essential oil and its interactions with codeine and paracetamol in mice.” Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 19, no. 1 (2015): 165-172.|
|↑2||Pavan, Rajendra, Sapna Jain, and Ajay Kumar. “Properties and therapeutic application of bromelain: a review.” Biotechnology research international 2012 (2012).|
|↑3||Mahmoud, R. H., and W. A. Elnour. “Comparative evaluation of the efficacy of ginger and orlistat on obesity management, pancreatic lipase and liver peroxisomal catalase enzyme in male albino rats.” Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 17, no. 1 (2013): 75-83.|