Making healthy choices mean saying good bye to overly processed foods and sugary drinks. It means going back to the basics and learning how good water is for your body and for your health. Water helps the body stay healthy. Fluid loss especially in the summer or after strenuous exercises can be dangerous if not replaced sufficiently. Dehydration can be a real problem for athletes and overly active children. For many people, drinking water has become a healthy habit. To them drinking 8 glasses of water is easy and they do it without even thinking twice about it. For others, drinking water is so non-appealing that they’d rather drink soda or sweetened iced tea than water.

Drinking fruit infused water is a great way to introduce water into your daily regimen. It’s all natural and it’s fun and easy to make. Having a good water bottle infuser helps. Don’t get water bottles made of glass, instead get one that’s made of durable and unbreakable Tritan plastic. Make sure that they are BPA free plastic and FDA compliant. These are the plastics that have been approved for food. Next, consider the size. How big do you want it to be? If you want something that’s easy to carry even when it’s full, then go for the 20 oz Tritan Infuser water bottle. Check also that the lid closes tightly and that it has a flip top or a sport lid. This way, even when you’re on the go, you can drink your fruit infused water. Another thing to consider is the basket. A small basket means you don’t get as much fruit inside. A good size basket will accommodate more fruit slices and will help flavor your water faster. It would also help if the bottle and its parts are dishwasher safe.

Now that you have chosen your water bottle infuser, it’s time to make your very own infused water. Start with the simple ones, like lemon and orange infused waters. You can use any combination of citrus fruits and then you can add a sweet fruit to enhance its flavor. Berries like blueberries and raspberries are a great way to add natural sweetness. Mangoes, pineapples, watermelon, cantaloupes and peaches are another great addition to your infusion water. As you go and combining fruits, try adding a few mint leaves. The taste perks up wonderfully!

The best infused water combination begins with finding the right fruits, combining them and then leaving the water to steep. Just like good tea, the longer you leave them, the more intense the flavor will be. As you become an expert in making fruit infused water, you’ll find that some fruits make great flavored water in a matter of minutes, while other fruits require more time.

Drinking more water is always a healthy choice. Switch from drinking energy drinks, sugared iced tea and soda to drinking water. There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of fruit infused water!