There is a reason the blueberry has been deemed a "superfruit" and the "King of Antioxidant Foods." While small in size, these berries are jammed packed with antioxidants. Backed by research that points to increased brain functionality, better memory, lower blood sugar and anti-aging properties, it's clear that the round blue fruit is very beneficial.
Before we explain how to infuse blueberries into your hydration practice, let's talk about antioxidants. Antioxidants act similar to the water filtration system in your home. Water filters fight against contaminants and help to maintain levels of dissolved solids in your water supply. Your blood, like water, needs to maintain a certain balance for your optimal health. Blood contains free radicals, which is healthy for you when the levels are balanced with antioxidants. If the level of free radicals is higher than your level of antioxidants, the cells in your body can go into oxidative stress. Simply put, antioxidants protect your body from damage. You need them.
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Antioxidant-rich foods include kale, dark chocolate, gogi berries, strawberries and blueberries. Yet, blueberries have garnered a reputation as the go-to for antioxidants. Plus, they taste great...especially in water.
Ready to infuse your purified water with blueberry goodness? Follow the steps below!
- Wash your blueberries (if fresh).
- Place blueberries (fresh or frozen) into a mason jar or pitcher. You should add enough to fill 20 - 40% of the container.
- Fill the container with clean, filtered water. (Recommended product: Brio Tri-temp 2-stage Countertop Water Cooler w/ UV Self Cleaning)
- Place the container in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 4 hours. For maximum flavor, leave it overnight.
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