Infused Water: Hype or Hope

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Water has proven its significance in maintaining health and wellness, preventing simple illnesses, and improving one’s well being. Medical practitioners have incorporated fluid therapy in almost every medical management. In fact, we are already accustomed to following the rule of thumb of drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day to achieve its benefits.

Then just recently, social media and the internet went crazy over the infused water or also known as detox water. Weight loss enthusiasts are like prophets preaching about the many benefits of drinking infused water. As expected, almost everybody followed this new hype like members of a cult.

So what is infused water? Is it really effective as it claims to be? Or are we just following any new fad because they are viral on the internet?

The basics

In order to fully understand the concept of infused water, let us unravel the meaning of infusion and detoxification or detox for short. Infusion is defined as “the creation of a new substance by steeping another substance in a liquid, usually water”.  In this regard, fruits, vegetables, and herbs are used and allowed to steep for some time in order to extract its nutritive contents into the water. If you happen to encounter the words fruit-flavored water or fruit infused water, they all relate to one purpose – detoxification.

Detoxification is the process of cleaning or getting rid of toxins from the body. In order to do this, one must stop from eating or drinking too much. It is considered harmful to the body, especially for the liver which is the main organ for detoxification. Another suggestion is to drink infused water instead of the regular water. It is believed that by drinking infused water, detoxification and other health benefits are achieved.

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What does research tell us?

Aside from the fact that it elevates the taste of water to a fruity level, there is not enough research to prove that by drinking infused water alone can do miracles to our body. There are many claims that state infused water can do the following:

Weight loss by increasing metabolism
What we know: If you are drinking infused water, then you would be eliminating sugary or soft drinks from your diet. This is good. This way you are a step away from gaining weight because of fewer sodas and carbonated drinks. Plus, if we drink too much water, it makes us already full which can result in less food intake. Some fruits and vegetables like cucumber, have increased metabolism rate effects that can boost digestion and break down fats.

Glowing skin
What we know: Water per se is able to do this wonderful benefit already. With added fruits, vegetables or herbs into the water, it enhances the effect more.

Aids in detoxification
What we know: The more we drink infused water, the more we tend to perspire. Through perspiration, we are able to eliminate toxins from our body.

Alkalinizes the body, thereby preventing illnesses
What we know: Lemon water, which is the most common type of infused water, helps in maintaining an alkaline ph level. Thereby, it helps in increasing the function of our immune system. Common ailments such as flu, cough, body aches are also prevented.

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The verdict

Drinking infused water is not at all harmful. Although little scientific evidence proves it’s worth, the fundamental element, water, which it is based upon is enough to prove that it can offer health benefits to our body. Nonetheless, this habit should not be taken as a single method only. In order to achieve optimal results, other practices such as diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle should be included.