6 Delicious Water Infuser Recipes That Make It So Easy to Stay Hydrated

Give your H2O a delicious upgrade with these healthy infused water recipes.

Best Infused Water Recipes
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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, yet most nutritionists agree, we're just not drinking enough water. Our bodies are composed of about 60 percent water, and it's essential that we maintain this balance to stay healthy and keep our organs functioning properly.

Flavored waters or seltzers that don't contain added salt, sugars, or preservatives can help you meet your daily water intake. Another way to stay hydrated is with homemade infused waters, which are a healthy—and affordable—alternative and require no kitchen skills. Drinking water can be a more attractive prospect if it tastes good, and infuser water bottles can help. They are designed to imbue your water with the flavor of fruit, herbs, or tea.

Nutritionist Janine Whiteson recommends purchasing a fruit infuser that makes whipping up flavored water recipes at home easy. "They're fairly inexpensive and most hold at least 32 ounces of water, are easy to clean, and are super user-friendly," she says.

That said, you don't need to purchase one of these bottles to infuse your water; just adding ingredients to a pitcher of water works, too. Here, we offer six infused water recipes to try next time you want to give your water a little flavor boost.

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Rosemary, Strawberry, and Ginger

A combination of herbs and fruit can make your water truly unique. "This infused water recipe tastes incredible, and the combination of rosemary and strawberry adds a touch of sweetness without any sugar," says Neda Varbanova, founder of Healthy with Nedi. "Rosemary and ginger improve digestion and reduce nausea. They both have anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries are very high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and helps to produce more collagen."

To make: Combine 3 to 4 branches of rosemary, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, and ginger chopped into chunks in a pitcher of water.

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Mint, Cucumber, and Lemon

Spas have been adding these ingredients to water for decades. "This is a classic and always refreshing combination," says Varbanova. "Fresh mint improves mood and energy levels. Cucumber is known to boost hydration, and lemon aids digestion."

To make: Combine a handful of fresh mint leaves, 1/2 cucumber thinly sliced, and the juice of 1/2 lemon in a pitcher of water.

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Mint, Lemon, and Grapefruit

This ingredient combination is all about freshness. "I call this my de-bloat water," Whiteson says. "This combination will flush toxins out of your system, fill you up, and release excess salt from your cells. Mint eases digestion, helps with mental awareness, and helps your metabolism. Lemon is a great antioxidant for heart health, prevents kidney stones, and helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Grapefruit reduces appetite, is great for your heart, helps lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of stroke."

To make: In a pitcher, add the fresh juice of one grapefruit and one lemon or lime, a large cucumber cut into slices, and a large handful of mint.

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Hibiscus, Lemon, and Honey

The healing properties of tea and honey are front and center in this water infusion recipe. "This is an incredible antioxidant-fighting combination that will work to control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help with liver function," says Whiteson.

To make: Steep hibiscus flowers for a few minutes in boiling water, and add a few slices of lemons and a few teaspoons of raw honey.

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Citrus and Cucumber

Hit the produce section of your grocery store for lemons, limes, and oranges. "This is a hydrating combination that also aids digestion and skin quality," says Whiteson.

To make: Combine 1/2 large cucumber, a medium lemon, a medium lime, and a medium orange in a pitcher.

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This trendy spice has earned its healthy reputation. "Turmeric decreases inflammation, may protect against cancers, and boosts the immune system," says Whiteson.

To make: Boil 4 cups of water, add 2 teaspoons of turmeric and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Pour into a large container and add 2 teaspoons of raw honey and lemon.

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