Botswana goes from spring to summer in one swift step: by October, temperatures are already soaring into the 30’s. There are few ways to find relief from the heat but one of our favourite ways to feel refreshed is by drinking fruit infused water.
Infused waters will keep you hydrated in the heat, they taste great and the do different things depending on what you decide to put in them. They can speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight, aid in digestion and digestive problems, give you more energy during the day and much more.
We put together three of our favorites for you to try and the best part of all is, all the ingredients are available at your nearest SPAR!
Raspberry and Mint Infused Water
What it does:
The mint is great for aiding in digestion, which helps with bloating. The raspberries have wonderful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Adding both of these to your water helps to flush your colon, liver and kidneys which will make your skin look more radiant.
2 tablespoons raspberries, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons of fresh mint
1 medium sized lime, sliced
Add the lime, mint and raspberries to the water and add ice if desired. Muddle the raspberries a bit if you want more flavour and microwave the lime for a few seconds to get more juice from it. Leave it in the fridge for an hour and enjoy!
Aloe Infused Water
What it does:
If you haven’t experienced for yourself the amazing properties of aloe, you have surely heard of them. When aloe is taken internally, it can help with digestion, circulation, increase energy and help fight fatigue. Aloe is packed with vitamins B, C and E and is an excellent source of folic acid. Aloe strengthens the immune system too, the health of which is often reflected in the skin.
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 tablespoons of aloe gel
Split the aloe leaf down the center to remove the gel. Mix the gel with a bit of the water and lemon juice and blend it in your blender for about a minute. Add to the rest of the water and stir well. A mint leaf can add a nice taste if you like and you can enjoy this one immediately.
Peppermint Grapefruit Infused Water
What it does:
This water is packed full of benefits. It will eliminate bloating, clean out your kidneys and aid in digestion. Grapefruit helps to lose weight and help your metabolism. Peppermint is a good anti-inflammatory that can be used to treat an upset stomach, headaches, viral and bacterial infections, skin conditions, depression and menstrual cramps. Peppermint is also one of the best natural heartburn relievers you will find and that, together with the ginger, make this an ideal drink for pregnant women.
Half a lemon, sliced
Half a lime, sliced
Half a grapefruit, sliced (you can substitute or add oranges if you don’t like grapefruit)
Half a cucumber, sliced (leave the skin on)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
A handful of fresh peppermint leaves
Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and cover with ice. Leave it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before drinking and discard after 24 hours, as the citrus fruits get a but mushy.
*Note that all of these detox waters can also be made with sparkling water to create a refreshing fizzy drink.