Healthy ways to spruce up your water's flavour

By Strauss Water Canada
July 30, 2014

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We all know how imperative good hydration is, so it may be worthwhile to look at ways to entice ourselves and our loved ones into increasing our intake of H2O.

Liquid water enhancers have gained widespread popularity since they were introduced in 2011, especially for those on the go, but there are other natural ways you can spice up your water's flavour to keep you from being dehydrated. (Don't be afraid to mix all of these flavours together if you want.)

Add citrus fruits. Lemons, limes or oranges add zest to your drink and the benefits of additional vitamin C. Vitamin C helps wounds heal through collagen production, assists your immune system in fending off colds and illnesses and lends a hand in retaining good eyesight by decreasing your chances of developing cataracts. A citrus slice in your water also serves as a palate cleanser and a great way to end your meal.

Add berries. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries pack an antioxidant punch that protects your body's cells from damage caused by free radicals. Our bodies naturally produce these free radicals, but there are toxins in the environment, such as cigarette smoke, that stimulate our body's production. According to a study published in the Annals of Neurology, eating berries also packs an added bonus of slowing down cognitive decline as you age.

Add herbs. Lavender or mint can jazz up your glass and provide a slew of health benefits. Studies show the smell of lavender helps calm people down and has a soothing effect, while also curing headaches and insomnia. On a warm day, mint leaves deliver a cooling flavour that can calm an upset stomach for those facing indigestion or bloating, or clear up your sinuses and soothe a sore throat. The minty fresh breath it leaves also doesn't hurt.

Add ginger. This root is a frequent ingredient in Asian cooking that's been used for more than 4,000 years, but it also has many medicinal uses. Some studies show ginger helps treat motion sickness as well as nausea and vomiting for pregnant women. Ginger's properties have also been used to reduce inflammation in the body with a study showing it helped reduce pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Add a pinch of salt. You probably won't love the taste of table salt in your water, but salt helps your body absorb fluids right after a workout. With help from Strauss Water Canada's WaterBar, you can make a homemade electrolyte drink that's all natural and inexpensive to boot.