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Lemon, Cucumber or Pineapple Water - Which is Best For You?

Lemon, Cucumber or Pineapple Water
With summer finally upon us, many people are reaching for refreshing drinks to help cool down on hot days. We all know that we have to stay hydrated, but often times that hydration comes in the form of sodas, or other flavored sugary drinks. Orr even worse, “sugar-free” drinks. Many of my patients ask what a good alternative would be so that they can feel satisfied, stay hydrated, and as a bonus, reap health benefits.

In my opinion, one of the best ways to do this is by adding fruits and vegetables to plain water. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables is a great low calorie way to add flavor, increase daily vitamin and mineral intake, and get other health benefits.

In particular, let’s check out the various benefits of lemon, cucumber, and pineapple water and which one best suits your needs.

Lemon Water

– Lemons contain Vitamin C and other antioxidants which help fight free radical damage.

– Compounds in lemons stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and promote the flow of bile, which helps to stimulate the digestive tract. When lemon water is consumed first thing in the morning, it can even help promote healthy bowel movements.

– Lemons, although acidic, act as an alkalizing agent in our body. This means they help increase our pH. This can be helpful as often our diet and environment tends towards a more acidic tendency.

– Overall, putting lemon in your water can be great for people looking to improve their digestion; which really is the foundation for good health.

– Drink it first thing in the morning for optimal benefit.

Cucumber Water

– Cucumbers are a valuable source of many nutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene, B-vitamins, manganese, potassium, and calcium, to name just a few.

– They also contain numerous bioflavonoids, which are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

– Cucumber acts as a diuretic, which can help reduce water retention. This can also help with gaining better blood pressure control.

– Cucumbers are considered to be a “cooling” food in Eastern medicine, helping to clear heat from the body. This is advantageous in summer months, or for people who tend to run on the hotter side in general.

– Add a few slices to a jug of water and sip throughout the day. You can even add mint for extra flavor.

Pineapple Water

– Pineapple can be a great addition to water if you are looking for something sweeter.

– It is naturally very high in Vitamin C, manganese, B- vitamins, beta-carotene and copper.

– Similar to other colorful fruits, it has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

– One very special component of pineapple is bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme which aids in digestion, but also can act as an anti-inflammatory agent, especially for people suffering from joint pain and arthritis.

Many different fruits and vegetables can be added to water to make a delicious and nutritious beverage with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Ultimately, the ones you choose will depend on what your needs are, what flavors you like, and what’s easily accessible. Always try to buy organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, and make sure to wash them thoroughly before cutting and putting them in your water. Just remember, if you’re trying to limit sugars, use more vegetables to flavor your water.

Some other delicious combinations you might like to try are: