It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Water is the best beverage choice and there are ways we can improve not only the flavor but add nutrition, too. Infusing water with fruit and spices serves that purpose. Here we offer an apple cinnamon infusion recipe that will not only encourage you to drink water but add detoxifiers and energy boosters in the mix.
Apples are a fruit staple—they’re very versatile with a mild flavor and packed with antioxidants such as quercetin, catechin, phloridzin, and chlorogenic acid.
When compared to many other regularly consumed fruits in the US, apples had the second highest level of antioxidant activity. Also, apples ranked the second for a total concentration of phenolic compounds, and perhaps more importantly, apples had the highest portion of free phenolics when compared to other fruits.
–Nutritional fiber: Pectin in apples have been found to lower cholesterol, moderate blood pressure, and promote healthy digestion. The soluble fiber in apples detoxifies by pushing waste through the colon. It also slows the metabolism of carbohydrates, regulating blood sugar.
–Vitamin C: While the actual content in an apple is average at about ten percent of the daily recommended dose, an apple a day will surely help keep the doctor away – even a dermatologist: vitamin C is an important catalyst in the production of collagen – a key to wound healing and skin health.
–Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, E, and K and minerals calcium, iron, and potassium.
Apples and cinnamon seem to have been made for each other, their flavors blend so well.
Cinnamon is a super spice. The highlights, in the context of infused water to support detoxification and weight loss:
-Speeds metabolism by moderating blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity through antioxidant phytonutrients and chromium content.
-Reduces triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, reducing risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
-Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal.
-Promotes mental acuity and reduces fatigue, improving focus and mood
-Rich in calcium, fiber, and manganese.
Apple-cinnamon detox water
-1 organic apple, cored and thinly sliced (use more for a stronger flavor, if you like)
-1 cinnamon stick (non-irradiated)
-Water (filtered by reverse osmosis is best)
-Place apple slices in a large glass (or ceramic) pitcher; reserve a few to add directly to your glass.
-Place the cinnamon stick on the apple slices.
-Fill pitcher halfway with ice, then the rest of the way with water.
-Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.