No one would have imagined years ago that we would be paying for water by the bottle. Drinking water straight from your tap was common place and all that anyone knew.
Fast forward to today and bottled water is all the rage.
While some people insist they can taste the difference from brand to brand, others opt for water with bubbles and others like it flat. And to make this industry that much more interesting, artificially sweetened and flavored waters have also found a place on shelves everywhere. Just when it seems this market is just about tapped out, there is a buzz about infused and detox water. What is all the fuss about bottled water? And really what is the truth about infused or detox water?
The importance of staying hydrated is nothing new to most people and the way to do this is to be sure to drink water. For those who are exercising or playing intense sports, it can require even more work to stay hydrated. Your body uses water in many different ways, including in cells and organs, to regulate body temperature, for vitamin absorption, as well as digestive and bowel health. Your body loses water through sweating, breathing and digestion, so it is very important to rehydrate by taking in water and foods that have a high water content. So whether you prefer tap or bottled, flat or bubbles, plain or flavored, there is no denying that water plays a critical role in overall health.
So what is with the latest hype about infused or so-called detox water? Does it really do anything “magical”? Infused or detox water is created by having added natural ingredients that are supposed to boost the health value of the water itself. While there are a variety of types, it typically is infused with flavors of vegetables or fruits, as well as with herbs. As it only contains the flavors, the water contains minimal if any additional calories. It is believed that this detox water will rid your body of toxins, improve digestive health, improve mood and complexion, aid in weight loss and boost your energy.
The combination of ingredients in detox water can vary greatly. Among the common combinations are: cucumber and mint, lemon and ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper and grapefruit/orange and rosemary. When preparing the detox water it is often recommended to crush the fruit or herbs to release additional flavors, as well as to maximize the health benefits.