The bottled water aisle at the grocery store keeps getting longer, longer and longer as more choices enter the market. Flavored, non-flavored, sugar-free, caffeinated, herbal blended, vitamin fortified, carbonated, sparkling, mineralized… The choices are staggering. Are any actually worth the extra money? As we’ve mentioned on many occasions, it’s an anti-aging beverage that works. Hydrated bodies are better equipped to fight off free radicals, maintain collagen and elastin, replenish muscles and face the demands of modern life. But let’s be real here – the benefits don’t lie in what you add to it.
The water you get out of your tap is just as good as much of what you find in the grocery store aisle… especially if you’re on the municipal water supply. And it’s free. But – if you’re one of those people that just can’t choke down 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, go ahead and give flavored waters or other specialty waters a try. It’s even better if you swap in a water and swap out a soda or coffee. Still not a huge fan of flavored bottled water? Try infusing it yourself with fruit or even vegetables. Grapefruit, lime, lemon and other citrus fruits make great flavor boosters and provide valuable fat burning qualities as well. Other fantastic infusers are cucumber and watermelon. They act as natural detox agents, that help flush your body of toxins due to the high content of citrulline. Citrulline works by aiding the liver and kidneys to help rid the body of ammonia that can damage the body at the cellular level. All of these natural infusers give you added benefits in addition to the main point, which is hydration.
The only thing you need to be mindful of is that you choose a water and not a watered-down juice. Waters will be close to zero calories, with no added sugars or sweeteners, and few, if any, other ingredients. So drink up and here’s to your health!