A fresh, delicious alternative to sweet drinks!
• 1 Blood orange
• 1 mandarin or clementine
• 1 lemon
• 1 lime
• 32 ounces filtered water
1 Wash and slice the fruits and set the end pieces aside.
2 Layer the slices in a quart size glass Mason jar and pour cold filtered water on top.
3 Cover the jar and store in the refrigerator. The flavor will get stronger after a few hours. You can replenish the water throughout the day.
Store water in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
For best flavor, use filtered water.
Benefits of drinking water
To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water.
Here are a few of the reasons why:
It delivers oxygen throughout the body. Blood is more than 90 percent water, and blood carries oxygen to different parts of the body.
It boosts skin health and beauty. With dehydration, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
It helps maintain blood pressure. A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
The airways need it. When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
It makes minerals and nutrients accessible. These dissolve in water, which makes it possible for them to reach different parts of the body.
It boosts performance during exercise. Dehydration during exercise may hinder performance.
Weight loss. Water may also help with weight loss, if it is consumed instead of sweetened juices and sodas. “Preloading” with water before meals can help prevent overeating by creating a sense of fullness.