Lemon and ginger-infused water is a simple but delicious way to increase your water intake. Especially in hot weather, it can be tempting to reach for sugary sodas but this is a great alternative! Keep a jug in the refrigerator and sip throughout the day or fill up your water bottle with ice and bring it to work.
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Although ginger is known for being a ‘hot’ food in Chinese medicine, I like to have it in my water during hot weather to give me an energy boost. I used to sip on iced coffee when the New York heat (and humidity!) was sapping my energy. But now that I know caffeine can disrupt hormone balance, I drink lemon ginger-infused water to energize me.
I first came across infused water while reading the book Self-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Philips. It’s a great read! They offer little tips, recipes, and ideas to help you become the best version of yourself. Staying hydrated is the perfect example. It’s so easy to do and can help you feel so much better. There are also lots of great tips in there which are particularly helpful for women with PCOS like meditations and self-affirmations. You can check it out here if you’re interested.
Tips for Lemon and Ginger Infused Water
Wash the lemons
Rinse the lemons under running water and scrub with a clean dish scrubber. Do not use dish soap. Lemons have a waxy coating on them to extend their shelf life. You can actually feel the difference in texture before and after you wash a lemon. They’re also exposed to dirt on their way from the tree to the supermarket, so there’s no harm in giving them a rinse, especially because the skin will be in contact with your drinking water.
Keep your ginger in the freezer
It can be a challenge to use an entire root of ginger before it goes bad, so a good idea is to keep it in the freezer and use it as you need it.
Use filtered water
Use filtered water if you can. Filtering water can remove chemicals, heavy metals, and bacterial contaminants. It generally smells and tastes better too.
Taste and adjust
Depending on your lemons and ginger, the flavor might be too strong or too weak. If it’s too weak just add more lemon and ginger. If it’s too strong (some lemons can be very sour) then simply add more water to dilute it.
Use within 24 hours
Infuse your water for at least 30 minutes but no more than 24 hours. The lemons begin to taste bitter after too long. You know it probably won’t taste good when the lemon slices sink to the bottom (the ginger will sink overnight but that’s fine).
Health Benefits of Infused Water
Staying well hydrated has so many benefits! It can aid weight loss, flush out toxins, aid digestion, improve your skin… the list goes on.
- As for lemon and ginger-infused water specifically, ginger is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Women with PCOS often suffer from chronic low-grade inflammation. You can read all about the relationship between PCOS and inflammation here.
- Ginger can also improve your fasting blood sugar. Insulin resistance is very common with PCOS so anything to control blood sugar is a benefit!
- Ginger is a great pain reliever for many things like menstrual cramps and headaches (which are also made better by drinking more water.
- Lemon stimulates the liver and encourages the release of digestive enzymes.
- Lemon water is a good source of vitamin C. Because it infuses gradually in the fridge, the vitamin C is kept intact (heat can destroy it easily). Vitamin C is vital for a strong immune system so this is a great boost to start your day.
- Lemon-infused water also contains useful antioxidants and electrolytes (potassium, calcium, and magnesium).
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Lemon and Ginger Infused Water
- 2 liter container
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- 2 liters /8 cups filtered water
- 2 lemons
- 2 cm stem ginger
- Wash the lemons thoroughly and slice into ¼ inch pieces. Peel the ginger and slice into ¼ inch coins. Add the water to the lemon and ginger.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but preferably overnight. Serve with ice.