Flavoured Waters: Pretty, Healthy, Hydrating and Subltly Delicious! –How to make alkaline water

by Julie on July 30, 2013

flavoured water with Blackberry, Vanilla & Lavender

I know how hard it can be to drink your water every single day.  I find it challenging myself some days and I wake up with intentions of doing a little better than yesterday just to find that by 2pm I’ve had my head in the books and I’m parched!  It may seem so boring to sip on plain ole water when you see others with their schmancy bottles of this and that covered with convincing marketing but you are doing yourself a HUGE favour by resisting the temptation every time you choose water instead.  And really…. how hard is it to make delicious schmancy water of your own that will surely trump any commercial variety, hands down!

That’s just what I did here for you to illustrate how easy it is and how yummy it can be.  It’s not just pretty it’s incredibly healthy, full of alkaline minerals and very enjoyable to indulge in and it only takes minutes to prepare. I think I can say that ‘Flavoured water is the New Gatorade’!

With this pretty image I created for you,  it’s apparent that I haven’t forgotten about You!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve been here to say hello and inspire good alkalizing thoughts for you and I sincerely apologize for not being present.  I’ve been doing my best to field comments & questions but I still have a back log if you are one of them-eek!  I’m working thru it slowly.

I’ve been completely and utterly devoted to writing this book of mine! — and creating new tasty recipes to style and shoot for you along with numerous market visits to find the wonderful lively colourful foods that nourish, alkalize and of course…photograph well!  It sure is a process.  Have you ever written a book? or photographed one? If so, you’ll probably agree cuz I’ve discovered it’s actually a much larger task than I imagined. But then again, isn’t that always the case? 

So, I’m plugging away at this book, which by the way is coming right along.  However, the deadline my publisher and I initially had has been edged back to allow a wee bit more time to be even more thorough. I’m hoping this book will have a long shelf life and inspire many to consider alkalizing their lifestyle so I want it to be  as well done as possible.

However, this pushes the release date to early Spring 2015 from our original date of late summer 2014.  Being an Aries this was a tough decision since I like things to happen yesterday!!  Patience patience is most certainly what I am learning.  So I’ll try my best not to abandon you here on the blog for so long but just know that once my deadline is reached, I’m all yours!

flowers, lemon & blackberries

Summer, I can’t get enough even tho I am not playing much this summer with this deadline.  But I love that it is sunny outside even if I am working away inside.  It’s brighter and happier to look at than the rain and it’s perfect when a summer walk is needed to loosen up this body after sitting for too long!   That’s when I gather bouquets like this one above from wild flowers like roses, sweet peas and queen annes lace and fennel all just plopped in a drinking glass!  I love these kinds of informal roadsideeaaahh florals, they are the epitome of summer for me!

So water, back to the water.  I’m wetting my whistle right now with some minty lemon water.  It’s just what I needed.  I prepped a full pitcher so I’d have it right by me as I wrote to you about water.  Each of us should be drinking 3-4 liters of water per day of clean alkaline water.  With this tall order why not make some of it deeeelicious!

The first thing to consider is your drinking water. Is it clean pure water? Do you have a filter to remove impurities and chemicals? Did you alkalize it to add back the minerals? Is it structured properly? You need to start with a good base to make these flavoured waters that can literally give you back your health.  Most of us are severely dehydrated and just drinking water will help to alkalize and flush acids from the system, hydrate the cells and assist them in their quest to oxygenate.

You might ask what is structured water if you haven’t heard that term before. From what I understand, essentially it’s water that is the correct molecular size & shape-hexagonal- with minerals for our body to assimilate it-unstructured water can’t enter the cell!  It takes far more effort for our body to covert the molecules for use than if we just consume structured water.  Water that is naturally perked and rises to the surface of the earth as in a spring or runs down a mountain stream is pure, mineralized and naturally structured via it’s journey.  The molecules become properly structured and capture minerals as they rise up or flow down.  The main component that identifies structured water is the life force energy of the molecule itself.  However, so much of our water has been manipulated and the structure and the minerals have been lost.  This is evident with the inability of many people to properly assimilate a good portion of the water they consume especially in those that drink lots of bottled water or plain ole tap water and are racing to the washroom with in 20 mins as it is going right thru them. Their body absorbs a mere portion and the rest is wasted since the body can only perform so many tasks and assimilating this water is now added to an acidic body and a host of other ailing symptoms that require attention. Tap or bottled water is also usually very acidic, often a pH under 5.0 which is actually doing damage just when you think you are helping to rid your body of  impurities.  No matter how much you drink of the wrong water it isn’t really helping, it’s hindering.  I’d like to think that if you are optimally well your body will be less burdened with other tasks that it would be more apt to convert a greater percentage of poor quality water in order to assimilate it than an unhealthy body would be capable of.   Note to self- in a total pinch I usually choose Fiji water in an airport when traveling as it has a ph of 7.8.  This site lists the pH levels of popular bottled waters FYI.

How to Filter & Alkalize your water

So, firstly You need to clean your tap water.  Ideally an alkaline water filter is best. These usually clean, structure and add minerals back to the water.  Some models only filter some contaminants while adding minerals and then others only add minerals like the alka stick which is a mere $15.00 the last I checked.

You can find solutions ranging from $10.00 to $2500, and even $4000.00. It really depends on your budget and your lifestyle and the size of your family.

here are a few options:  I’ve gathered a few examples to links but check locally to see if your health food store has something for you.

1. A single person could easily rely upon a system of distilling their water like this and adding alkaline drops (see below) -this still wouldn’t be structured and it’s kind of labour intensive but it is doable.  There may still be a residue of chlorine but it is improved. This won’t be structured water.

2. There are simple water bottles available by Britta & other companies that will filter as you drink with replacement filters.  You could add alkaline drops and this will be sufficient for on the go.  I sent this with my young son when he went to camp this summer and gave my son’s girlfriend one for her Australia trip-saves a LOT of money spent on buying water bottles and saves the environment too! The chlorine taste may still be apparent here and the molecules won’t be structured.

3. Buy a pitcher system that will alkalize and clean your water somewhat.  This Santevia model is an example for only $59.99.  I have one that I use for road trips but I can still taste the chlorine although it is lessened.

4. Buy a good filter system that could range from $249 for a non-alkalizing one to $650 for an alkalizing one and onward to $2500-$4000 for the top alkalizing models that also structure/ionize the water. This site has some examples.  This allows you to attach it to your tap so that all  your water including cooking water can easily be ready and clean for use. This is ideal for families and large consumption as in a work place.  If you choose a non-alkalizing filter see below.

5. If your filter system doesn’t structure / ionize the water, consider this option to use along side your filter.

Now choose an alkalizing option to add to your clean water that works for you:

Himalayan Salt Stones– place about 3-4 rocks in a medium sized jar filled to cover rocks with clean water and a lid – allow to rest over night.  This has now created a brine. You can add this with fresh lemon juice to your clean filtered water and it will alkalize it nicely. A teaspoon per litre should be enough and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Worst case scenario just add the fresh lemon to alkalize as in restaurant situations.

-Alkaline Drops- purchase these from the health food store for around $10.00 or choose these drops for the ultimate in alkaline water-these are my go to when I travel and I used them for months before I purchased this alkaline water ionizer.

Alkaline stick– this is a $15 stainless capsule that releases minerals when submerged in water. This is great for travel and has a about a 1 yr life before it needs to be recycled.

Purify– You can also just use a product that will in just 5 drops purify, structure and alkalize your water that Dr. Robert O. Young has formulated here. Check it out for yourself. I use these drops when I travel too.  It’s also great for any restaurant water.  I know it seems crazee to be adding stuff to your water in a restaurant but diligence is what healed me.  I could care less what someone might be thinking if what I am doing is transforming my health so don’t get hung up on this. Nobody really cares nor are they really watching. Some of us are just self conscious.

If you don’t have a good filter or don’t think a good filter is that necessary: take a peek at this 1 minute video clip to understand why it might be a good investment in the health of your blood cells. It’s like giving yourself the gift of life since clean alkaline water is the single most effective thing you can do for the health of your body, period. This post here is more extensive if you have time to read it regarding.

By helping your cells to maintain their electrical charge they can better carry oxygen to the rest of the body.  This is HUGE!  Our body needs alkaline water of course to detox the system but we need oxygen for our cells to maintian optimal health and on top of that, an oxygen deprived environment is acidic- a place where bacteria and negative micro forms like yeast fungus and mold just thrive!!  So alkaline water it is!

Now it may seem that all this fuss over getting clean pure alkaline water is ridiculous when many don’t even have water, period. We are very privileged to have water let alone have it even appear clear and clean.  Yet we also are deprived of pure clean water that is free from harmful chemicals that are intentionally added to our water sources.  We are also subject to the water scams that have large corporations bottling local tap water from small communities that are in drought situations and charging us way too much money for it when we are not near a tap!  The documentary called Tapped opened my eyes up wide.  So yes we are lucky but we are also manipulated to believe our water is just fine when it’s really not. So, it’s your decision to make your water right for you.

Now onward to the simple recipe to make your water irresistible!

Flavoured Water with Blackberry, Vanilla and Lavender
Yield: 1 liter
1 liter clean alkaline water
1 vanilla bean, or a pinch of ground vanilla bean or 1/4 tsp alcohol free vanilla
3-4 black berries, halved
3-4 stems fresh lavender or 1/4 tsp dried lavender
2-3 drops stevia, liquid & alcohol free, optional

If using a vanilla bean place the bean in the water the night before and allow to soak over night at room temp.  Gently rub the fresh lavender between your fingers and add to the water along with the black berry halves, pressing them gently as you put them in to release some juices.  Add stevia to sweeten if desired.  Allow to stand at room temperature for at least 10-20 mins. Leave vanilla pod in or remove and save wrapped and chilled for another liter within the next couple days.  The longer you steep it the more flavour but not over night unless you chill it. If you use dried lavender  you may want to sieve them out and then add the blackberries or make a tea broth with hot water poured over the petals, seive it and add it to your water.

Just remember to also drink plain alkaline water thru the day as your body will want some water that it doesn’t have to work to access.

Here are a few other flavour combinations you can try; If you have fresh herbs they are ideal–always rub the leaves to release flavour oils. Slice slivers of fruit and place just a few in the water.  Be generous with lemon and lime as they are sooo alkalizing.

-fresh lemon and lime with fresh mint leaves and a drop or two of stevia- my fave!

-cucumber, mint and fresh lime with 30% coconut water! this one is truly like a Gatorade!

-strawberry & lemon thyme w/ a drop or two of stevia

-lemon verbena with raspberries and all spice (soak the whole allspice over night perhaps)

-grapefruit and rosemary

-peach and sage- go easy on the sage it’s strong.

What I love about this idea of flavouring your water with fresh fruits is that it kind of follows the rules of enjoying and savouring the sweet things in life.  The alkaline lifestyle is focused on a high percent of green alkaline foods with a very small portion of the sweet fresh fruits.  So this is a nice way to enjoy the lovely flavours of these sweeter fruits in moderation.

These are also wonderful to make up if you are having a social gathering. Your guests will love them!

Something to think about is food combining.  If you have compromised digestion try to avoid having fruity flavoured waters with other foods unless they are just green salads as they can interfere with proper digestion. This water is best enjoyed on it’s own and the subtle flavour will be most apparent this way.

So off you go…..Create your yummy flavour, Drink your water, and Invigorate your body!

Blackberry Lavender Vanilla Water

I hope this post finds you enjoying your summer and all that it has to offer! If it’s winter where you are, keep warm!– I’m sure you can still enjoy a nice liter of flavoured water!

Now back I go to my book writing.  I’ll try not to wait so long before I say hello again. For those of you who have popped by with questions and hello’s, thank you!  I truly appreciate each and everyone of you and I look forward to being here more often when I am all done:)

Have a great week and let me know how you make out drinking more water and if you came up with any fancy creations!



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Preeti July 31, 2013 at 6:47 am

I was so excited when I got an email about this post in my feed. For the past few months I’ve been getting some acid reflux symptoms and before it gets really bad i want to have an handle on it. I kept coming back to your blog to view your recipes to have a look at what i can create. This is perfect because water really lifts my mood, which may sound weird but I’ve given up soda and boxed juices but i really find when my water intake is right, my body feels so much better. I never asked myself about the kind of water I’m drinking, just knowing about the PH levels is helpful and i always wondered why I felt terrible when drinking bottled water. I’m definitely going to try out some flavoured water. I love the Lavender. Thank you!!

Mary Ann M. July 31, 2013 at 9:51 am

I was very interested in the drops you recommended from Dr. Robert Young, called Puriphy (https://www.phmiracleliving.com/p-390-puriphy.aspx). However, I looked it up and it’s a jaw-dropping $50 for just 2 ounces! Oh my goodness! Also, it clearly lists that it’s made up of 3 very simple and easy-to-acquire ingredients: potassium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium hydroxide. Could we not make this formula ourselves at home for a fraction of the price?

admin July 31, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mary Ann, I just use the Puriphy for travel since they are pricey. The deal is that they are created in the smallest particle possible called a colloidal thus it assimilates in the body effortlessly. Perhaps one could create something similar but the molecular size would be difficult to imitate. Dr. Young used to recommend baking soda in his first book but has since learned far better ways to ensure that the cell can utilize the nutrients especially in acidic bodies-although baking soda can still be effective. I use the phor salts powder 2x’s everyday as a supplement for balancing and buffering and it is similar to baking soda with a proportional adjustment + more that he has made to optimize it. Hope this helps:)

Carly July 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thank you for including Santevia products in this fantastic article! Beautiful photography and great content as usual!

That’s unusual that you can still taste the chlorine. We don’t heard that kind of feedback very often. An old filter (more than 2 months old) or an improper seal on the filter may be causing that.

We also have a countertop system that has a more sophisticated filtration system than the pitcher so it might work better for you.

Glad to hear you like the products!

– Carly (Creative Communications Coordinator @ Santevia Water Systems

Cindy August 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Julie,

Thank you for your post on Alkaline water. Can you please help? I clicked on one of the links that states “these drops” above but it didn’t go through:

“-Alkaline Drops- purchase these from the health food store for around $10.00 or choose these drops for the ultimate in alkaline water for the ultimate in alkaline water”

Can you repost the link? Thank you! Can’t wait till your book comes!!!!

Anja (from savorychicks) August 4, 2013 at 2:58 am

Thank you, Julie, for another beautiful and insightful article. I love to drink water, yet it never even occured to me to inform myself about PH-Levels or structure. I like to think that living in Switzerland (with fresh, clean spring water all around us) would provide us with healthy tap water, but I never really looked into it (however, from my own experience, American tap water simply tastes awful compared to Swiss tap water). I will do so soon.

Driven by mere aesthetic pleasures, I love to flavour my water with fresh berries, mint or lemon slices – nice to hear that this is actually a healthy decidion, too. I will try the lavender version soon.

lady August 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I love this! the pictures are utterly gorgeous and I love beautiful bottled waters, I collect bottles for this. I love the idea of using vanilla bean and blackberries for that color! must try tomorrow! I love water and have used structurizers, vortexers, alkalizers and reverse osmosis, filters, and now I’m down to drinking only distilled which I put through a ceramic water filtration system which has 5 layers of rocks and then I add the Sole Solution to it as you do and I found out I got alkalized just from that. When I saw the man who does the Himalayan Salt displays at my health food store, I told him I made this great discovery from drinking the sole solution, that I became alkalized, and he was not impressed LOL, he says he hears it all the time, it is a known benefit from drinking it. I love it. I also have been cutting up super think slices of cucumber and putting it in the water and it tastes wonderful, removes any unsavories. I drink from a large glass apothecary bottle, so pretty. I also use wheat grass itself, not juice but the grass, in the water as I heard it removes fluorides…..I will try anything. I also add tiny amounts of baking soda. The youtube was about a special drop mixture that was added to that water which made it so effective on the blood and it was not mentioned, but this is what structured it and I bought this and it worked amazingly, I felt the most dramatic difference in the water just from those drops but they are very expensive and I could not keep it up. This post was beautiful and very informed and helpful.

Anna August 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hi! I love this post. I’ve been a vegan diet (it’ll be a year on 9/13), food combining, dry skin brushing. Also, I drink lemon water in the mornings. I use bottled spring water. I had researched to get a water filtration system for the kitchen so I won’t have to buy the gallon bottles. Then I would read up on ionization system, and distilled water. By then, I was more confused about what to get, and from what company. I easily made decisions to change the way my family eats. But still can’t figure out the water thing. May I ask what water filtration system do you use? Thank you for your time!

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I have a filter system that is called the Orion I also have the Santevia Alkaline Pitcher for road trip travel. For air travel I use drops and a water bottle with a filter in it. Hope this helps.

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Hi Lady, thankyou for your kind words. Keep up the nice healthy water consumption:)

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Hi Cindy, sorry about the broken link, here it is for you.

admin August 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi Carly, you are very welcome. I have been using the jug more lately now that I am up at the lake and it seems to be working fine now. I wonder if it wasn’t seasoned enough or if the chlorine level was unusually high. It seems to fluctuate up here for some reason. I really notice it when I shower as I haven’t installed a filter for the shower head as of yet- it’s on my list for the cottage here! I was also under the impression that chlorine is difficult to remove from water so I wasn’t surprised when it still had a slight aftertaste but it seems to be fine now. Thank you for your comment:)

Bri August 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

Hi Julie, your site is amazing and truly inspiring, and so informative, so thank you – and keep up the good work! I was just wondering about your take on tank water. We live in a rural area and are not connected to town water, all our water comes from the rain and is collected in plastic tanks. I have been filtering it using a ceramic filter to remove impurities, but I understand that the ceramic filter I’m using does not alkalise it. However I wondered if you knew how acidic stored rain water actually is anyway? I assume it is better than tap water which has undergone so much treatment, but then again, it could be just as bad! I will possibly look into getting a bottle or jug filter that will also alkalise, or some drops.. in the meantime, I’ll add lemon! Thanks!

admin September 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Bri, sorry so tardy. I would get a test kit, it’s a red solution. You place a drop in about and ounce of water and it will turn purple if it is alkaline and green or grey if not. You can also get the alkaline drops to increase the alkalinity but lemon will help too with a little himalayan salt for the minerals:)

lesley January 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

Hello Julie,
I’m glad I found this post as I’ve been wondering about the book publication date as I’ve been reading in your archives.

Could you explain to me why lemon is alkalizing? It seems so counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? I am starting an alkaline diet today, with so much help from your beautiful site. I am really hoping it helps my stomach discomfort that we can’t seem to heal (ulcer probably? tried all the usual natural and conventional methods). But I am leery of the lemon water, or adding lemon to the smoothies, because I have been avoiding acidic things for so long.

Julie February 27, 2014 at 12:03 am

Hi Lesley, the book is due out next spring:) As for lemon it is alkalizing once metabolized. This is how food is determined to be alkaline, after your body has assimilated it. If it does not feel right to have lemon for a bit use other milder alkaline foods like green powders and juices until you heal. L-Glutamine is great for healing the gut:) Hope you are feeling better. let me know:)

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