A Resolution Worth Sticking To January 15 2017, 0 Comments

 

“New year, new me,” as the old cliché goes. Over the past decade, losing weight and eating healthier have topped New Years’ resolutions among most Americans. However, according to Forbes, only 8% of Americans stick with their resolutions for a full year.

With hectic schedules and even less pleasant lifestyle changes associated with losing weight and eating healthier, infused water – that is, unsweetened water flavored with natural fruits, vegetables, and herbs – can make it easier, and tastier, to meet your personal goals. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

1. Blueberry + lemon + cucumber

This trio infuses a powerful combination of antioxidants, vitamin C, and muscle-strengthening properties when placed into water. Blueberries fight free radicals while increasing insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to better determine instances of hunger and satiety. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, with just two tablespoons of lemon juice alone containing nearly a quarter of the daily recommended serving. Cucumbers, furthermore, contain an element called silica, which repairs muscle fibers. By preventing illness and strengthening your body, this mix adds layers upon layers of protection.

2. Orange + vanilla bean + cinnamon

A warming combination for a cold winter’s day, this infusion helps fight disease while also lowering cholesterol. Like lemons, oranges (and pure orange juice) contain almost an entire day’s serving of vitamin C. Vanilla Bean offers a smooth contrast to orange’s more acidic flavor, while also preventing liver and joint inflammation. Cinnamon adds spicy savor to the mix, while additionally lowering bad cholesterol and, by extension, blood pressure. Spicy and sweet, and infusion of orange, vanilla bean, and cinnamon is not to be missed.

3. Pear + raspberry + rosemary

Pears are interesting, for they contain fibers that cleanse the colon, even after long-term submersion in water. Likewise, more recent studies suggest these same fibers may help lower blood pressure. Raspberry and Rosemary also do wonders for the blood. Raspberries contain iron, which increases oxygen flow as well as brain performance. Rosemary augments this asset, acting as a natural stimulant for blood flow and metabolic activity. Basically, if you desire weight control and a sharper start to the new year, pear, raspberry, and rosemary are the way to go.

4. Lemon + sea salt

Known as the classic salt water flush, lemon and sea salt gently cleanse the colon by, in not-so-polite terms, forcing a bowel movement. This mixture reduces bloat and water retention and adds nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and potassium when created with real, non-processed sea salt. In all, while lemon and sea salt have long been the tried and true method for reducing weight. What modern research tells us is they provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well.

5. Lemon + aloe + orange + mint

As we have mentioned before, lemon and orange alone cap daily vitamin C requirements. Aloe and Mint harmonize well with their citrus flavor, creating an infusion that has just the right amount of sweetness, tanginess, and brightness. Aloe also contains a substance called latex which, like sea salt, provides a gentle laxative effect. However, unlike its more popular relative, Aloe does not have the same dehydrating effects. Mint, on the other hand, acts as a natural stimulant for both metabolic and digestive functions. In all, lemon, orange, aloe, and mint are a more exotic option for your latest detoxing endeavors.

As Americans gravitate toward natural solutions for their personal goals, infused water has become more common in everyday households. And of course, far more combinations are possible beyond the blends addressed in this list.

Finally, as a word of reminder, filtered water gets rid of toxic chemicals, and makes your infusions healthier. As you make changes this year, keep in mind that Adya's home water purification and filtration products, can help you reap your resolution’s ultimate benefits.

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