You can make your own homemade super water for pennies! You can make it healthier than what you’d find at a store. And you can craft it to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Water is the primary (95%) beverage I drink every day. Because of its vital importance to the body and its superiority over most other beverages, I wanted to make sure I was getting the greatest benefit per sip. But I wanted to keep it simple so I came up with some objectives for my super water recipe.
My objectives for my homemade super water were to create a recipe that is…
After extensive research, I came up with these ingredients.
- Filtered water
- Green tea
- Fresh organic lemon juice & peel
- Fresh organic cut mint leaves
I expected to come up with more, but since these ingredients had such long a list of powerful health benefits, and I wanted to meet my objectives, I decided to stay with only these.
Since most of the recipe is water, it must be pure and healthy. It’s also important to remember that 60% of our bodies and 65%-85% of our heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and brain are water. So it makes sense to put the purest water we can find into our bodies.
I was completely blown away by all the powerful health benefits of green tea that I learned about during my research. I do not know of another single supplement that provides such an extensive array of health benefits than green tea. Here’s a list.
- Prevents and treats cancer
- Provides abundant antioxidants
- Provides abundant phytonutrients
- Prevents tooth decay
- Prevents bad breath
- Treats inflammation
- Boosts immunity
- Prevents heart disease
- Improves heart health
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Lowers blood pressure
- Inhibits blood clots
- Protects from a stroke
- Promotes healthy liver
- Controls blood sugar
- Helps with weight loss
- Rids body of excess fluid
- Boosts exercise endurance
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Prevents arthritis
- Prevents skin cancer
- Prevents wrinkles
- Tones skin, hair, and muscles
- Prevents memory loss
- Boosts brain power
- Reduces stress
- Reduces depression
- Provides anti-viral agents
- Provides anti-bacterial agents
- Increases immunity
- Fights off flu and colds
- Prevents, treats diabetes
- Protects lungs from smoking
- Protects liver from alcohol
Place 1-3 individual-size green tea bags or 1-3 loose-leaf teaspoons in a glass container, fill with water, and put into your refrigerator for 6-8 hours. Using an overnight schedule seems to work best.
Staying true to my frugal and efficiency seeking ways, I only use one individual green tea bag and I brew it in a medium size glass (used-up) fruit spread jar. I removed the labels for a clearer view of the brewing progress and for aesthetics. Since it’s a small container the cold brewed tea is concentrated. This allows me to simply pour in a few tablespoons into my large drinking glass.
Cold Brewed versus Hot Brewed
Cold brewing produces a smoother, less bitter, and sweeter taste than hot brewed.
Cold brewing eliminates the possibility of growing potentially dangerous bacteria like sun brewing does.
Cold brewed green tea is just as high in antioxidants as the hot version.
Decaffeinated Green Tea (My choice)
When shopping for commercially decaffeinated tea, avoid those that rely on “solvent ethyl acetate” to remove the caffeine as it also removes most of the tea’s beneficial polyphenols. The better method, called “effervescence,” uses only water and carbon dioxide, and retains 95 percent of the polyphenols.
Fresh Organic Lemon Juice & Peel
Both the lemon juice and the peel contribute to the benefits. So be sure to use both.
Here’s a list of the health benefits of lemon.
- Fights cancer
- Reduces inflammation
- Controls blood pressure
- Aids digestion
- Helps weight loss
- Cleanses and detoxifies
- Prevents skin blemishes
- Clears skin
- Boosts immune system
- High in vitamin C
- High in potassium
- Freshens breath
- Boosts energy
- Fights viral infections
- Regulates body pH
- Cleanses liver
- Cleanses kidneys
Fresh Cut Organic Mint Leaves
Not only does a mint leaf add a lively taste to the water, it too has an amazing list of benefits.
You can get a small potted mint plant at home improvement stores with garden departments and sometimes at grocery stores. You can cut off 1-3 leaves and it will grow back pretty quickly.
Here’s a list of mint leaf benefits.
- Aids weight loss
- Natural stimulate
- Enhances concentration
- Relieves depression
- Prevents cancer
- Helps digestion
- Soothes stomach
- Reduces stress
- Enhances oral health
- Treats headaches
- Calms allergies
- Contains vitamins
- Contains minerals
Use only a clear glass drinking container. Do not use plastic, metal, or colored glass, as there is the potential that harmful chemicals could seep into your water.
Using a large drinking glass…
- Pour in about 2 tablespoons of brewed and chilled green tea.
- Squeeze a fresh organic lemon slice inside the glass to release its juice. Then drop it inside.
- Cut off 1-3 mint plant leaves, rinse with filtered water, and drop them inside.
- Fill the remainder with cold filtered water.
If you want a flavor enhancement or alternative to lemon slices, use 100% organic lemon juice (not from concentrate).
If you’re going the drink your homemade super water while you work or play throughout the day as I do, I strongly recommend that you keep your glass covered between sips. You do not want any of the microscopic particles that are floating in the air accumulating in your water. This would be especially true when you have your air conditioner, fan, or heater on. I put a drinking glass coaster on top of mine. I also have one on the bottom.
What I like most about this homemade super water recipe is that each time I take a sip I feel like I’m doing something really good for my body. And it “feels” like it’s paying off big time. 🙂
As I discover more powerful ingredients to add to this recipe, I will update this article.