By Michelle October
Flavoured water has taken the health community by storm – and now, it’s near impossible to have a sip of good old H2O without craving a bit of cucumber and lemon to spice it up. But it’s actually a great way to flush toxins while at the same time fixing a few niggles in your system.
Here are five flavoured waters for every situation…
If you’re hungover
Hydration, hydration, hydration! And this doesn’t necessarily involve chugging buckets of plain water either. Drinking in excess means you’ve lost vitamins, most importantly Vitamins B, C and folic acid. Spike your water with strawberries (a yummy source of Vitamin C) and oranges, an ace source of Vitamin B12 and folic acid. And since you’ll be chugging the stuff all day, alternate with lemon water: it’ll not only flush out toxins but balances out the PH levels in your body that are out of whack after a night of booze-induced revelry. You can thank us tomorrow morning.
If you’re at the gym
Go for what’s rich in magnesium, a mineral that powers your bones and keeps you going for long periods of time. Add leafy greens to your water, like spinach or kale. To even out the bitter taste and promote flushing out last night’s cheat meal, chuck in some lemon, too.
If you need to freshen your breath
Reach for sprigs of peppermint: it freshens up your mouth with menthol, and eases IBS (perfect after a giant plate of garlicy, cheesy nachos). Chuck in some cucumber for added hydrating benefits.
If you’re nauseous
Tummy bug? Ginger’s your gal: she’ll ease inflammation and gas, and coupled with anti-inflammatory pineapple, you’ll be sipping your way to a better gut. Add in mint, too – it combats bloating and constipation.
If you’re in need of a detox
Drop kiwis and blueberries to your water. It sounds almost too delicious to be true but kiwis are super nutrient-dense with lots of vitamin C, which helps prevent wrinkles and promotes skin rejuvenation. Blueberries are packed with anti-oxidants, the stuff that combats harmful elements in the air.