#1: Create Infusions: add slices of fresh fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs to the water and let the flavors mix and mingle
Try these combos!
- Just plain cucumber slices
- Good old lemon slices (be sure to first wash lemon skins well)
- Fresh mint leaves
- Strawberries and fresh mint leaves
- Lemon basil and blueberries
- Pineapple sage, strawberries, and lime (love, love, love pineapple sage!)
- Strawberry, basil and cucumber
- Sliced kiwi
- Raspberries and lime slices
- Ginger root slices
#2: Supercharge It With Healing Foods: liquid nutrition does a body good.
Give It a Go!
- Add Aloe Vera leaf: Filet a piece of aloe leaf by removing the outer green skin, so all you are left with is the clear inner jelly (be careful not to get any of the outer leaf as this has a significant laxative effect). Chop it into small pieces and add it to your water. Let it sit. The longer the better. The taste doesn’t change much but the texture does. You’ll notice the water will seem thicker in a way. THAT is the magic powers of aloe being released. You can also blend the filets into the water with an immersion or high speed blender and add citrus to flavor it.
What are the healing benefits? You may know aloe as the “go to treatment” for a sunburn, but people are also turning to aloe vera juice when dealing with digestive issues, such as IBS. While not a cure of gastrointestinal disorders, it is a supplemental support you can use. Aloe vera contains antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agents — all important for gut healing and health!
- Add chia seeds: Measure out 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds and add them to a tall glass of water. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon for flavor and a pinch of salt. Whisk for a few minutes until you see the seeds expand and become gel like. This method takes at least 10 minutes. Or you can simply place the glass in the fridge for about 30 minutes or more, which will allow the chia seeds to fully expand (unleashing their healing power). Then simply shake or stir, and you’re good to go!
What are the healing benefits? Chia seeds contain soluble fiber which help to create the gel like substance that is released when they are soaked in water. This substance soothes the digestive track, provides fiber to help move things along, and can also act as a prebiotic (which provide nutrients for the probiotics in your gut –> increasing the overall good bacteria). In other words, chia seeds are great for gut health when prepared properly through soaking.
#3: Add some texture: Try using some frozen fruit for a sweet treat at the end. Seasonal, local and organic works best!
#4: Accessorize It: There’s nothing better than sipping on a pretty drink.
Make It Happen!
- Get yourself a fancy glass straw
- Try using a mason jar and add a lid!
- Find different shaped glasses – wide rimmed, goblets, stemless wine glasses, anything different will do!
- Choose a glass with a pop of color
#5 Flavor It with Essential Oils: Just a drop or two will do!
Take a Taste!