Just Add Water: 3 Delicious, Totally-Sippable Metabolism Boosters

by | November 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM | Health

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Torch calories and improve the taste of your water when you add one of these three things.

By Shilpi Agarwal M.D, iVillage.com
It’s no secret that drinking enough water can even help keep your weight in check, but you can take it at step further. Adding one of these three things to your water will torch extra calories and rev up your metabolism, without logging any additional hours at the gym.
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Metabolism Booster #1: Citrus Fruit
Adding citrus fruit to your water can speed up the fat burning process and help you feel more energized. Lemons and oranges in particular are a great source of Vitamin C, and assist in fat burning at the cellular level. This is because the metabolic process of transporting fatty acids within the cell and mobilizing them to be used as an energy source requires vitamin C as a co-factor. That means loading up on vitamin c can naturally increase fat burning, so add 3-4 thin slices of lemon or orange to your water to get that boost of Vitamin C and help use fat as energy.

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Metabolism Booster #2: Cucumbers
Flush out your system and your metabolism by sipping glasses of cucumber. The natural diuretic effects of this vegetable containing potassium and vitamins A and C, flushes out toxins and revs up your metabolism moving. Add 6-8 slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water a refill you glass for cool, refreshing drink.

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Metabolism Booster #3: Cayenne Pepper
While spicy water may not sound tasty, give it a chance. Research suggests that the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism shortly after ingesting it, and make you feel fuller. Of course cayenne on its own isn’t that appealing so try this recipe: Mix slice strawberries, blueberries, and just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into your water. You’ll have a surprisingly sweet, calorie-torching pick-me-up with just little bit of kick.

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