Naturally Infused Water: Liven Up Your H2O
Fruits and Herbs infused water Water is the currency of life. Comprising 50-75% of our bodies, going even two days without water results in detrimental effects. It's life-sustaining factors are attributed to its following characteristics: the polarity of its...
Water is the currency of life. Comprising 50-75% of our bodies, going even two days without water results in detrimental effects. It's life-sustaining factors are attributed to its following characteristics: the polarity of its molecular bonds, its eligibility as a solvent, its high specific heat, and the fact that its frozen form (ice) floats atop its liquid form, allowing humans to inhabit regions subject to freezing temperatures.
Despite the inherent value of water, many people find it difficult to consume with the same ferocity as one might with sugary beverages. This is perhaps a key instigator in the practice of water infusing, wherein one immerses a sundry of natural ingredients into their water, which will impart a subtle flavor and make the experience of drinking water more enjoyable, if not downright fun.
Naturally infused water can be made quite easily with just about any additive you can think of, or a combination of multiple flavor donors. Often, flavors are derived from common household ingredients, meaning you don't need to go out of your way to prepare for water infusion. To get started, try some of the following ingredients:
- sliced strawberries
- watermelon wedges
- pineapple chunks
- sliced citrus (lemon, lime, or orange)
- sliced cucumber
- a sprig or two of herbs - particularly mint, basil, and thyme
If you're interested in mixing flavors, you may wish to try out these tested combinations:
- Hulled strawberries with lemon and orange slices
- Mint sprigs with lime juice and cucumber slices
- Blueberries, lemon slices, and basil
To infuse your water, you need only to choose a combination of natural flavorings, place them in a large container of water with a tight lid, and allow the water to sit for 1-3 hours. Though stronger infusions can last up to 24 hours. For best results, choose ripe fruits, and fresh herbs, for your infusions. The ratio of flavorings to water is negligible, but a rule of thumb for beginning is approximately 2 cups of fruit, or one handful of herbal sprigs, for every 6 cups of water. If you still have questions about water infusion, or would like to share your opinions, please, contact us. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.