Want to look your best? Then it might be time to hit the bottle. No, not that bottle! The water bottle. Hydration is extremely important for your health and well-being, influencing your energy levels, memory, mood, performance and numerous bodily functions including oxygenating your cells and maintaining your body’s cooling system. And if that’s not enough reason to up your water intake it just might make you more gorgeous. Staying properly hydrated can give you thicker and shinier hair, brighter and more radiant skin, healthy nails and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
Around 8 cups of fluid per day is usually enough to do the trick but know that soda, alcohol and sugary drinks don’t fall into this category, and if it’s an extra hot day, you exercise heavily or sweat profusely you’ll need to drink more than the usual. Plain water is a great option but if you have trouble drinking that much plain water, you can up the flavor factor with infused water and also reap extra beauty benefits to boot! To do so, simply chop up the ingredients, let them sit overnight in your water pitcher before drinking your fill the next day.
Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, recommends the following add-ins:
Mango Ginger. Mangoes are chock full of vitamins that give your immune system a boost. They also have antioxidants to keep your skin more youthful, glowing and healthy. Ginger can help fight infection, lower your cholesterol levels, aid in digestion and could even help alleviate sore muscles.
Grapefruit Rosemary. Dr. Calapi explains that, “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s.” By Mixing it with grapefruit, you could burn fat naturally, give a boost to your metabolism and help cleanse your liver.
Citrus Mint. Like grapefruit, mint also helps boost your metabolism. It also improves your digestion and is beloved for its anti-inflammatory properties as well so yes, it can help keep your skin clear. You’ll also want to toss in some delicious citrus fruits for added antioxidant protection and to boost collagen.
When it comes to devising your own delicious water infusions with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, the sky is the limit. You might want to consider adding cucumbers to detox, oranges to boost circulation, melons like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew to hydrate and promote collagen production, and raspberries for their anti-inflammatory properties. Other great options include grapes for anti-cancer benefits, cinnamon to help regulate your blood sugar, sage for its calming benefits, tangerine to burn fat, lime to improve digestion and basil to boost your mood.