Detoxing this January? We’re on a health kick in the clinic. We’re increasing our intake of water and love these infused water recipes which are keeping it interesting.
Grapefruit & Rosemary
1 x Grapefruit
1 x Sprig of fresh Rosemary
Cut the rind away from the grapefruit, then cut into slices.
Pour water into the jar first, then add the fruit and Rosemary.
Infuse at room temperature for two hours.
Place in the fridge for up to twenty four hours before serving.
Health Note: Although thought to be acidic, Grapefruit actually leaves your body in a more alkaline state due to its high mineral content. Alkaline foods will aid in keeping your body balanced, especially if you consume acidic foods such as processed meats, sugar and white flour. This water helps to detoxify the liver and gives a boost of vitamin C.
Apple and Cinnamon
1 x Gala or red apple
1 x Cinnamon stick
Slice the apple thinly and add to the jar, along with the cinnamon stick.
Cover ingredients with water and place in the fridge straight away so the apple doesn’t turn brown.
Infuse for 4 to 24 hours. (The longer the better; apples don’t infuse as quickly as other fruits.)
Allow water to sit a room temperature for 30 minutes.
Health Note: Cinnamon is excellent for reducing blood sugar and improving alertness and concentration.
Lemon and Ginger
1 x Lemon
2 inches of Ginger
Cut the rind off the lemon and slice against the segments to maximise the flavour.
Cut the ginger into two 1 inch pieces and remove the skin.
Place in jar and cover with water.
Allow to chill for four hours or more.
Health Note: Lemon and ginger are both detoxifying for the body. Lemon also assists in alkalising the body.
Lavender and Mint
1 x tbsp dried or fresh Lavender
½ x tbsp dried or fresh mint
Place the lavender and mint in a small muslin bag.
Tie some chef’s string around the bag and drop into the jar.
Cover 1/3 with ice and fill up with water.
Place in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving.
You can reuse this bag until you can no longer taste the herbs.
Health Note: Lavender and mint will both cure an upset stomach and help to flush your system. Lavender also has relaxing properties.
Pineapple and Mint
10-12 mint leaves
Remove the outer skin from the pineapple. Core, then half and slice.
Fill jar with water, add fruit and mint leaves.
Place in the fridge and allow to infuse for at least three hours.
Strain before serving.
Health Note: Pineapple and mint both aid digestion. Pineapple is also known to have a healing and anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Cherry and Lime
2 x Cups of fresh cherries
1 x Lime
Slice the cherries in half and remove the stones.
Thinly slice the lime.
Fill the jar with 1/3 ice and top up with water.
Add the cherries and sliced lime.
Stir the mixture and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
Health Note: Cherries provide the body with antioxidants. They support a healthy sleep and can aid your body in relieving post exercise muscle pain. Limes contain calcium and folate which are important to woman of child bearing and post menopausal age. Limes also help to alkalise the body.