Lemon and Lime Infused Water

Lemon Lime Water

As a child, I remember taking a sip of cola and feeling my throat and nose burn from the fizzy, acidic concoction. The only soda I could get down the hatch was lemon-lime flavored beverages (or the ever rare peach soda).

For many Americans, however, soda is their beverage of choice. I have several friends and family members who used to consume almost no water while drinking several cans of cola each day.

Unfortunately, research has shown us that consumption of sugary beverages is linked to a number of chronic conditions, most notably type 2 diabetes, in addition to obesity, dental caries, and hypertension.¹

Instead of reaching for a can of soda, go for a healthy glass of lemon and lime infused water.

Sodas and other sugary sweet beverages are often packed with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and/or other food additives. Even fresh lemonade is known to pack quite a sugar punch.

Lemon-lime water, however, has no sugar and helps with digestion, weight management, and hydration. Lemon and limes also contain powerful antioxidants, like vitamin C, which help decrease inflammation and support a healthy immune system.

You can make a simple lemon and/or lime water just by taking a lemon and squeezing the lemon juice into a glass of  water and adding the rinds for extra enzymes and vitamin C.

If you really want to punch up the flavor of your water, check out my super easy “recipe” (I mean it’s just fruit and water) below.

Lemon and Lime Infused Water

Ingredients

  • 2 small lemons (organic)
  • 1 small lime (organic)
  • ice cubes
  • 32 oz to 40 oz Filtered water

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the lemons into circular slices.
  2. Wash and cut the limes into circular slices.
  3. Line a 64 oz (or ½ gallon) glass pitcher with the lemon and lime slices in an alternating pattern for a visually appealing look.
  4. Cover the lemon and lime slices with a layer of ices cubes to keep them submerged in the water.
  5. Add filtered water to the pitcher.
  6. Let the water sit at room temperature for approximately 30 to 60 minutes to infuse. You can also infuse the water overnight in the refrigerator.

I typically let the water sit out on the counter for up to 4 hours and drink it throughout the day. If you plan on keeping the water longer than that, remove the fruit from the water and store the infused water in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Because infused water does not contain preservatives and is not pasteurized, it is best to consume it while it is fresh.

In addition, I only infuse water with organic fruits because I don’t wish to drink water that’s been infused with harmful pesticides.

Lemon-lime infused water is a great alternative to lemon-lime sodas. It’s also great if you’re a faithful water drinker but you crave more flavor in your water every now and then. If you want to turn up the flavor an extra notch, infuse your lemon-lime water with a bit of ginger root and enjoy!

What’s your go-to beverage? Soda? Juice? Water? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.

 

References:

  1. Lenny R. Vartanian, Marlene B. Schwartz, and Kelly D. Brownell. Effects of Soft Drink Consumption on Nutrition and Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Public Health: April 2007, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 667-675.
    doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.083782
About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Love this and drink lemon water every morning to help with inflammation. I gave up regular soda years ago but do have a healthier one made with stevia once in a while. :) Will try making a picture and sipping more through the day.

    • Tiffany deSilva says:

      Thanks Lisa! Sipping it throughout the day is a great way to make sure you get your daily water intake.

  2. I have a lemon tree in my garden and my son and I regularly make our own lemonade, but right now I just can’t make it fast enough so am going to make a batch of this tomorrow! I hope I still have some lime wedges in the freezer.

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