March is the month to Be Hydrated! If you think that means lugging around a gallon jug of water or talking yourself into another trip to the office water cooler, get ready to freshen up your drinking habits! While water intake is vital to our health, it can become monotonous at times, leaving us gazing longingly at the brilliantly colored bottles of sugary beverage options available at every store and vending machine.  One way to snap out of beverage envy is to amp up your own bottle of liquid! Try one of the invigorating and flavorful combinations shown below, compiled by Sherry Strong of http://www.returntofood.com/, a passionate food philosopher and nutrtional strategist.  Also, take a look at the combos health and fitness blogger Amy Stuto put together at http://www.realityofyou.com/clean-eating-challenge-5-best-detox-fruit-waters-day-16/.
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By adding a few simple, healthful ingredients you can perk up your taste buds and add a boost of nutrients to your hydration routine!  But it gets even better… check out the list below to learn the detoxifying and healing benefits of some of these fruits, herbs, and spices you can add to your glass of H2O! Who new that hydration, nutrition, and detoxification could be so delicious? Enjoy the benefits of fruited water and let us know which combination is your favorite!
Lemon: antibacterial, antiviral, immune boosting, aids digestion, cleanses and aids in detoxification in the liver and gallbladder, skin cleanser; contains citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavenoids, pectin, and limonene; combats digestive issues, nausea, heartburn, constipation, infection (tasty-yummies.comlivestrong.com)cucumber water

Ginger: anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antioxidant, aids detoxification by stimulating digestion, circulation, and sweating, helps eliminate excess waste and toxic build up in colon and liver, prevents blood clotting, contains high concentrations of gingerol and shoga anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic to the gastro-intestinal system, helps sustain digestive enzymes, break down proteins and fatty foods, lowers the absorption rate for cholesterol in the blood and liver (thealternativedaily.com and amritaveda.com)
watermelonwaterWatermelon: contains vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, and lycopene; aids in liver detoxification (livestrong.com andeatingfourlife.com)
Apple: stimulates digestive enzymes, antioxidant, prevents digestive and liver problems and formation of kidney stones, contains vitamin E, biotin, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, sulfur, potassium, iodine, silica, magnesium, calciuim, and pectin which clears lead and aluminum from the body, is low in acidity (lesliekenton.com)
Blackberries: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, may slow growth of breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancers (anti-carcinogenic), antibacterial, antiviral (berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu
Raspberries: anti-cancer, antioxidant, contains vitamin C, quercitin, gallic acid; anti-inflammatory (berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu)berrywater
Cantaloupe – alkaline, prevents blood clotting, clears lymphatic system, purges toxins from liver, spleen, sinuses, and intestines, antioxidant, contains beta carotene, vitamin C (maketimeforwellness.com)
Peppermint- protects against cancer, stomach soothing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, relieves sinus congestion, contains vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, copper, riboflavin, and iron (marlenesmarket-deli.com and wisegeek.com)

Basil- controls blood sugar, eases digestive problems, strengthens kidneys, nervous system, and memory; promotes dental health, cleanses skin, reduces swelling, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, contains antioxidants, vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, tryptophan, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, and is adaptogenic (hubpages.com and healthyeating.sfgate.com)
Rosemary- fights breast, prostate, and lung cancer and leukemia; anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and iron; balances estrogen, detoxifies the liver, stimulates the function of the brain promoting mental clarity and improving memory, normalizes blood pressure, calms the digestive system, and relieves muscle pain (hubpages.com andhealthyeating.sfgate.com)
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