Cinnamon is a natural anti-fungal, anti-viral herb with a long history of medicinal use, including the relieving of indigestion.
It may also help regulate blood-glucose levels and overall circulation. Use cinnamon sticks – easily found in most grocery stores – to flavour your water, letting them steep for a few minutes before drinking.
Cucumber is an excellent source of fibre and antioxidants, and can help with hydration and eliminating toxins from the body.
They are also believed to possibly help your pancreas produce insulin. Try adding some thin slices of cucumber to your water – they float, so you can easily munch on them while you drink!
Ginger is a commonly-used natural remedy for cramps, nausea and indigestion. A natural anti- inflammatory, this herb can help aid circulation and may even kill cancer cells.
Traditional wisdom is that it also promotes long-term memory and helps you feel more awake and alert. It works by stimulating your digestive juices, promoting excellent digestion.
Finely chop a thumb-sized amount of this root and add it to your water. It can be eaten after drinking, but like the cloves, it is very spicy – it will give you great breath, though!
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people believe strongly in the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, and with good reason.
In addition to helping with digestion, it is said to help with maintaining a health weight and killing off harmful bacteria in the body.
It can also help balance your PH levels. Use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in your water for the best effects.
Here are some great combinations of the above ingredients, for a unique-tasting beverage that is also great for you:
Cucumber slices, lemon and mint – for a fresh, light but still flavorful taste, perfect for a summer day.
Lemon and ginger – when you want your water to have some kick to it, this is a great combination!
Cinnamon and cloves – for a deep, spicy mix that’s great for fall or winter; try adding a little organic honey to this to sooth your throat during the winter months.
Apple cider vinegar and ginger – this taste may take some getting used to, but it will definitely wake you up in the morning!