Long considered a health tonic, lemon water has dedicated fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce who swear by starting their days with its zing of vitamin C. While it may not be a cure-all, drinking your water with a squeeze of lemon can reduce bloating and help you better absorb iron. (Here’s what happened when one skeptic drank two cups of lemon water every day).
Not only is it pretty, lavender is also known to help relieve anxiety. Add sprigs to your morning water to chill out before a busy day. If you prefer a fruitier flavor, toss in some blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants linked to improved memory.
This spice isn’t just for cookies. Drop a cinnamon stick in your glass for a dose of its blood sugar-stabilizing benefits, and you just might beat that afternoon slump.
This easy water bottle hack will help you stay properly hydrated every single day:
Pick your favorite melon, grab your spiralizer, and crank out some ribbons of fruit for a pretty and refreshing pick-me-up. Bonus: At 90% water, melon can rehydrate you and restore your fuel reserve of glycogen after a workout.
You don’t have to completely abandon the lemon, but mixing in some orange slices and a sprig of rosemary adds a nice touch of earthy flavor to your usual citrus sipper. Better yet, research shows rosemary can enhance memory and help you stay alert. (Learn how bone broth can help you lose weight with Women’s Health’s Bone Broth Diet.)
Add some chia seeds and your natural sweetener of choice (like maple syrup) to lemon water to make what’s known in Mexico as a “chia fresca,” and you’ll kick off your day with lots of heart-healthy omega 3s.
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Give your brain a boost with this delicious drink. According to the American Chemical Society, blackberries pack antioxidants that prevent inflammation and help with motor skills. And sage is a known memory-booster. (You can also keep your mind sharp by doing these 5 brain exercises from Prevention Premium.)
Infuse your H2O with pomegranate for a ruby hue and some added protection against sun damage and wrinkles. And don’t be scared by this fruit’s high-maintenance rep—deseeding just takes a little practice. Here’s how to do it without any mess.