Sparkling with health benefits
The word spa conjures up images of restorative baths, relaxing massages and patrons in fluffy robes sipping refreshing water with cucumber. While fruit-infused water may seem like a small part of the spa experience, it provides big health benefits.
Essential to life, water delivers oxygen to cells, flushes toxins from the body and may help to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By adding an array of flavourful fruits, herbs and flowers to water, spas create naturally flavoured water that is supercharged with health-promoting nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.
Best of all, you don’t need to go to the spa to reap the benefits. Creating spa water at home is as easy as slicing up a few of your favourite fruits and herbs.
Why not give it a try? Stay healthy and hydrated all summer long by mixing and matching the following flavourful ingredients into your water.
Add some colourful flavour to your water with a handful of sweet berries. Berries derive their deep purple and red hues from polyphenols, powerful antioxidants thought to ward off heart disease, certain cancers and age-related cognitive decline.
Give ordinary water a healthy boost of immune-boosting vitamin C and tumour-inhibiting limonoids with orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit slices.
Cherries, especially the tart ones, contain a plethora of antioxidants that are thought to work together to ward off free radicals and decrease inflammation.
A spa favourite, cucumber is a good source of heart-healthy potassium and bone-building vitamin K.
Spice up your water with ginger. Ginger gets its aroma from chemical compounds called gingerols. Research suggests gingerols may ease digestive upset, reduce arthritis pain and even provide protection against cancer.
Add hibiscus to your water for a sweet, fruity flavour. Preliminary research has found compounds in this bright red flower may help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Synonymous with calm, lavender not only soothes the soul, but also may relieve anxiety. In Germany this edible purple flower is often brewed and served as a tea to treat insomnia.
The taste of cool mint not only refreshes, but also has been used for centuries to treat a number of digestive issues including irritable bowel syndrome.
Juicy peaches add an intense sweet flavour and a burst of beta carotene to water. A powerful antioxidant, beta carotene helps keep the immune system strong and skin healthy.
Pineapple turns water into a tropical treat. Pineapple is a good source of manganese and thiamine, two nutrients essential for metabolising food into energy.
Make your water taste like a treat with subtly sweet vanilla. Preliminary studies suggest this popular flavouring may have anticarcinogenic properties.
Brimming with vitamin C, beta carotene and heart-healthy lycopene, this juicy summer winner will fill your water with nutrients and flavour.