Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin
While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps youâ€™ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If youâ€™re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage youâ€™re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes thatâ€™ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If youâ€™re new to infused water itâ€™s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.
1. Mango Ginger
This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! â€œMangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,â€ says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a NYC anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team. â€œGinger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,â€ adds Dr. Calapai.
2. Grapefruit Rosemary
Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! â€œRosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimerâ€™s,â€ says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but itâ€™s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.
3. Melon Mix
Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. â€œThis melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,â€ says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. â€œMelons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.â€
4. Citrus Mint
Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint. â€œAdding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,â€ says Dr. Calapai. â€œMint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,â€ says Dr. Papantoniou. â€œItâ€™s also well known for itâ€™s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,â€ she adds.
5. Cucumber Lavender
â€œThe reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,â€ says Dr. Papantoniou. â€œThis mix is especially healthy,â€ says Dr. Calapai â€œCucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,â€ he explains.
6. Pineapple Coconut Waterâ€¨
This one is almost cheatingâ€¦ almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piÃ±a colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. â€œPineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,â€ says Papantoniou â€œThis is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.â€
Clearly there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up!