Lately I developed an obsession with infused water, and I tend to experiment with all sorts of fresh ingredients, from kale and parsley to carrots and beetroot. Sometimes the taste is good, sometimes not so much. Sometimes the infused water gives me tons of energy, other times just a little.
But the one ingredient I would always add into my infused water is pink grapefruit. Its mild bitterness, the refreshing color and taste, and its exceptional detoxifying properties place this humble citrus fruit among my favorite foods to empower my drinking water with.
There are three amazing facts about the healthy effects of grapefruit that will immediately make you consider adding it to your daily diet:
It’s a vitamin C superstar. Like all its citrus relatives, grapefruit is a reliable ally when it comes to fighting the cold season flu and colds. It also offers antioxidant protection to your cells, boosting the immune system and helping it restore and regenerate itself.
Grapefruit offers anti-tumoral protection. Given its active phytonutrients called limonoids and lycopene, grapefruit inhibits tumor formation by supporting the production of a key detoxifying enzyme, which is responsible for eliminating metabolized toxins from your system. The limonoids in grapefruit make it one of the most powerful anti-carcinogens in the fruit world.
Grapefruit also reduces bad cholesterol. Once in your digestive system, the high doses of soluble dietary fiber called pectin absorbs the excess cholesterol and prevents it from leaking back into the bloodstream by eliminating it via the colon. The pectin also absorbs excess estrogen and toxins, giving our bodies a good cleanse.
Red grapefruits are quite versatile when it comes to combining them with other ingredients to create a delicious infused water. They pair nicely with pungent aromatic herbs, such as rosemary or sage ( I personally prefer rosemary, because of its milder fragrance).
For this infused water I put together two antioxidant superstars, grapefruit and lemon, and the delicate and velvety leaves of sage. Sage stimulates digestion and its volatile oils also offers antioxidant and anti-viral support. The result is a perfectly balanced infused water, with exceptional health benefits.
- 1 small *organic pink grapefruit, cut into thin slices
- ½ *organic lemon, cut into thin slices
- 5-6 sage leaves, crushed to release their volatile oils
- 4 cups purified water
- Add all the ingredient into a pitcher, mix to combine, cover and let infuse overnight.
- *If you can't find organic products, peel the fruits before adding to your infused water, to avoid any chemicals and pesticides.
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