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Natural Alternative to Vitamin Water

Are you hydration-challenged? Do you find it difficult to down your recommended 8 x 8 oz’s each day?

I go in and out of good hydration cycles; sometimes right on track, other times neglectful to the point that I can sense my body craving liquid. So I was very excited when I found this photo and idea on a friend’s Facebook page for making your own true vitamin water. (This was originally posted by A Life in Balance.)

There has been some controversy lately about the viability of the Vitamin Water brand. Evidently they are using synthetic sources for vitamins and there is a lot of sugar per serving, making these anything but nutritious.

Mason jars make great containers to “brew” these magical infusions. I immediately started a watermelon/rosemary one — truly delicious and inspired me to increase my water intake by quite a large margin. What’s especially cool was that I refilled the jar 3 times and each time the water was pleasantly infused.

Just slice the fruits into manageable portions and place in jar with sprigs of fresh herbs. Cover with water – another option I want to try is to infuse coconut water.

I have also tried the Pineapple/Mint and a few nights ago I created a blend of apricot and peach slices with a vanilla bean, but enjoy the herbs better mixed with the fruit. I also really enjoyed a Pineapple/Cilantro blend. What I discovered is that I can use the core of the pineapple along with some of the “meat” so that’s a creative way of using a part of the fruit that would normally go in the trash. I’ve also tasted cucumber-infused water and think that adding some herbs would make a lovely combination. Cucumber is ultra-hydrating to the skin and considered a beauty-aid.

After 3 refills, I’ve been ‘recycling” the sliced fruit (and sometimes the herbs) into my green smoothie in the morning. Another great advantage to consider about making your own vitamin water is ecological; think of the great service you are doing the planet every time you avoid using a plastic container that can take up to 2000 years to break down — so you are leaving less of a carbon footprint.

Several years ago I was visiting a beautiful hotel in Old Town Philadelphia with my best friend. They had a large, inviting urn filled with icy spring water and lots of thin slices of citrus (orange, lemon, lime). It was so refreshing and I vowed to make this a habit at home and even followed through on this — all of two times. But I am happily infusing every day since seeing these lovely photos and hope that a new habit has been born!

Will be sharing more combinations on our Facebook Fan Page so make sure to like us!

We just made a beautifully-infused vitamin water at an event that I facilitated in Charleston, West Virginia with cucumber-mint-pineapple and lots of ice.  It was a big hit and inspired a lot of people to try these at home.

For more Healthy Hydration Tips, check out another article I wrote at this link.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

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She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

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(4) Comments

  1. Luana Nicole

    Great combinations of flavours for water

  2. Michelle

    Hi, I really want to make this vitamin water it looks awesome! I’m wondering how long you can leave it in the jar? Won’t it ferment?

    • Dr. LJ

      Hi Michelle – it is good for about 2-3 days.

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