The first day of spring just passed, and I know that like me, a lot of you are spring cleaning your homes – or at least you’re thinking about it. 😉 But spring is also a great time to clean out and detoxify your body! Berries of all kinds are coming back into season, and they are THE super-food when it comes to fighting free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable, reactive molecules that have lost an electron. While our bodies need them to destroy bacteria, viruses, and damaged cells, free radicals can also damage our DNA and cellular structure. Free radical damage is linked to everything from aging to cancer, and they’re generated by things like pollution, fried foods, stress, cigarette smoke, and alcohol. So as long as you live a tox-in-free, stress-free life away from polluted cities, you’ll be just fine! But for the rest of us, there’s antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that donate an electron to free radicals to calm them down, and our bodies produce them naturally. Unfortunately, given the environmental stresses most of us face, we don’t produce enough to keep pace with the free radicals.
The good news is that the blue, purple, and red fruits and vegetables are antioxidant powerhouses. This tasty berry infusion for your water can be made in bulk and kept in a pitcher in your fridge. Sip on it throughout the day for a dose of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying goodness.
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about antioxidants, I wrote a book about the most antioxidant rich foods! Check out The Antioxidant Counter.
Super Berry Antioxidant Boost Water Infusion
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup cherries, halved and pitted
- 1/4 small red beet, peeled and chopped
- 1 quart plus 2 cups still water
Combine blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, beet, and 2 cups of the water to a blender and blend until smooth, approximately 1 minute. Pour blended ingredients through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher and add the remaining water. Refrigerate infusion for at least 30 minutes before serving chilled or over ice.
TIP: To modify this recipe for use with an infusion pitcher, just add the fruit and beets to the insert, then fill pitcher with water. The blended version allows for greater nutrition mixed into the water, but using an infusion pitcher provides a quick and healthy alternative!