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Health and beauty
January 2017
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Clear that cold and boost your metabolism with our favourite fruit combinations

We all know we're supposed to drink more water. It's great for our skin, flushing out toxins and helping us think clearly. But if you don't like water because of the lack of flavour, you can infuse it with fruit and reap its rewards.

The world's gone mad for detox waters, the all-natural dieting drink that tastes great. You can supercharge your water by combining its health benefits with those of fruits – a win-win all round.

Pick a combination, add it to a jug or an infuser water bottle, and top up with water and ice before leaving it in the fridge for a couple of hours to work its magic. The great thing about detox waters is that they can be topped up a few times before you need fresh fruit.

1. Best for colds: 

Grated ginger, sliced lemon and orange
With its antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, ginger is great for clearing headaches and sore throats. The much-needed vitamin C from the fruits combined with the lemon's antibacterial properties will leave you feeling as fit as a fiddle in no time.

2. Best for hangovers: 

Diced cucumber and crushed mint leaves
When you're hungover the best thing to do is rehydrate yourself. The cooling cucumber will help flush toxins from your body while fresh mint settles uneasy stomachs.

3. Best for boosting metabolism: 

Sliced apple and two cinnamon sticks
Apples are full of fibre and have a low glycemic index (GI), meaning you'll be fuller for longer, and cinnamon helps control insulin levels, keeping hunger at bay. And when you eventually feel peckish, you can eat the used apple slices.

4. Best for anti-ageing: 

Handful of blueberries, sliced kiwi and lime
Blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants and supposedly cancer-preventing properties. Studies have shown kiwi helps reduce the risk of blood clots and lime will add a punch of flavour with an essential vitamin hit.


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