You know you need to drink more water, but if you are used to any type of sugar in your drink, it's a tough transition.
After all water is SOOO boring.
Look, the long and short of it is this - water is the only drink you should reach for because of its healthy properties. And if you think about it we use cola:
- In the hospital to dissolve clogged tubes
- Cola has the same acidity as battery acid so it's highly effective in cleaning surfaces better than many toxic household cleaners
- To remove grease stains from clothing and fabric
- To remove rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil.
- To clean oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off or burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
- To clean your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
- To clean tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
People who drink colas have a 48% increased risk of heart attack and stroke, are more likely to develop asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the carbonation and phosphoric acid reduce calcium in the bones making them brittle.
Ok enough, you get the point right? Maybe you already know that sodas are bad for you but you don't have an alternative. Now you do.
Infused waters are an amazing way to bridge your transition from sodas to water. And actually you only ever need this bridge. You can just drink healthy infused waters.
In this article, I want to introduce you to 6 healthy infused water recipes. Try a new infused water every 5 days for the next 30 days to master your transition from cola to water.
Now the trick here is to make tiny changes to start. You don't need to go from zero to infinity, this is a recipe for failure for most people. If you are a soda addict, you don't need to go cold turkey.
Start simple and you will find that the infused waters make you feel better and when you drink the amount you are supposed to, you won't feel like drinking soda.
Here is an example: Let's say you drink 5 sodas a day. Pledge to eliminate 1 soda a day every 5 days. Keep going until you eliminate soda from your daily habit. You can still drink soda on occasion, but just not everyday.
Now how much water a day do you need to drink? The general rule is to take your weight in pounds and divide by 2. So a person who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75oz of water. A good way to track your water is to carry a water bottle around with you. If you get a 26oz bottle of water, you know you need to drink a full container 3x a day.
Remember the side effects of drinking water are energy, stamina, focus and weight loss.
1. Strawberry Cucumber Thyme Water
Strawberries, cucumber and thyme give a new twist to your morning water. The thyme provides a boost of calcium and the berries add vitamin C.
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced in bite-size pieces
- 1 cup sliced cucumbers (peeled or unpeeled)
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, gently washed
Mash sliced strawberries and cucumbers to slightly release juices. Gently rub the leaves of herbs with hands. Add all non-water ingredients to the pitcher. Add water to container and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow all the flavors to infuse. Keep refilling the pitcher with water when it gets low with the same fruit and herbs for 5 days.
2. Luxurious Water Infusion
The combination of cucumber, lemongrass and green apple will make you feel incredible. Green apple has appetite-suppressing properties that keep cravings at bay, while the lemongrass is a diuretic that helps flush out impurities. And the cucumber is hydrating.
- 2 cucumbers unpeeled and cut into circles
- 2 stalks of lemongrass (can replace with 2 limes cut in circles)
- 1 green apple cored and cut into wedges
Wash the cucumber and cut into circles. To use lemongrass, trim the end and skinny part of the stem. Peel away the rough outer edge and cut in half lengthwise. Place the lemongrass onto a cutting board, then with a rolling pin, gently smash the lemongrass. Wash, core and chop the green apple. Put all the ingredients into the pitcher and add water. Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. When the water level gets low, add more water keeping all the same fruits in the pitcher for 5 days.
3. Strawberry, Mint and Lemon Water
This drink will help you with your sugar cravings and the mint smell will help you wake up in the morning and curb your cravings.
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 15 strawberries, washed and quartered (Or can use any fruit you want)
- 10 mint leaves washed
In a large pitcher add the lemons and strawberries. Over the pitcher squeeze and slightly twist the mint, do not tear apart, you only want to release the oils. Add the mint leaves to the pitcher. Add water and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour prior to serving. Remember when the water is down in the pitcher, refill with water and place back to chill for 5 days.
4. Herb Infused Water
Now that you have started to get used to removing sugar from your daily drinks, let's try an infused water without fruit. There are lots of possibilities for this water. If you want you can add cucumbers, berries or melon or you can try combining the herbs or just drink it as is.
- Fresh herbs - use one of the following
- 2-3 stems of rosemary OR
- 5-6 good size stems of thyme OR
- 10-12 large leaves of sage OR
- A large handful of mint
Boil 4 cups of water and pour over the herb of your choice in a pot or heatproof container. Allow the herb to steep until it cools. Then add more water to fill up the pitcher. As the water gets low, simply add more for the entire 5 days.
5. Infused Water With A Kick
This water will help you feel less bloated. Cucumber hydrates the body while ginger and cayenne fire up the digestive system. If this water is too spicy try reducing the cayenne pepper or leave the ginger in slices or chunks instead of grating it.
- 2 cucumbers cut into circles
- 2 inches of ginger peeled and grated
- 1 lime cut into circles
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
In a large pitcher add cucumber, ginger and lime. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper on top. Add water and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour prior to serving. When the water gets low, refill and return to the refrigerator to chill for 5 days.
6. Lemon Water
What could be better than a simple lemon water? Lemons have so many great properties from jump starting your digestive system to boosting your metabolism, fighting off bacteria and viruses and even helping clear up your skin. This simple water is easy to make and the ingredients are super easy.
- 1/2 a lemon in 1 glass of 8oz of water
Squeeze half a lemon into 8 oz of water. Hint: Get a lemon squeezer, it makes everything so much easier. And buy lemons in bulk.
Bonus Infused Water!!
Last one and this is a zinger... If you liked the water infused with cayenne pepper and found yourself wanting more you will love this one!! (If you hated the cayenne pepper, definitely do NOT make this water).
Serrano peppers increase metabolism, limes detoxify and cilantro purifies the water by absorbing metals and leaving the water cleaner.
- 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper minced
- 4 limes
- 1/4 cup of cilantro sprigs washed
Add the peppers, 2 limes cut into slices and cilantro sprigs. Then squeeze the juice from 2 limes into the pitcher. Add water and place into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. When the water level gets low, refill it for 5 days.