Do you have trouble remembering to stay hydrated? You’re not alone. Many of us do. Experts recommend that we drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
The amount of water any individual needs also depends on your level of physical activity and the amount of high water content food digested. Check the color of your urine. It should be clear and light colored if you are getting enough water. If you drink coffee or alcohol, balance it out by drinking more water.
During the winter months we all tend to exercise less and eat more. We spend more time indoors, often sitting. We accumulate extra pounds. Now that Spring has arrived we’re outside more, enjoying the sunshine, working in our gardens, enjoying our parks and walking our beautiful beaches. We need to remember to keep our water consumption up.
Dehydration can cause muscle fatigue, exhaustion, leg cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When hydrated our bodies are able to break down fat for energy and our appetites are controlled.
Most of us keep making the decision to drink more water and then we forget to do it. Many people just find water to be a boring drink and turn to juice or sodas. Today we’re suggesting you try fruit infused water. It’s simple to make, refreshing to drink and inviting to the eye. It will make your children smile. Every time you open your fridge you’ll be reminded to fill up your water glass when you see that jug of fruit infused water greeting you.
You won’t get that ‘sweet’ explosion in your mouth like you do with fruit juice. Fruit infused water has a subtle flavor and doesn’t have all that sugar that fruit juice or soda contains. You can also eat the fruit when the water is gone or throw it into a smoothie.
Keep it real simple. Add fresh fruits and herbs of your choice to a jug of water. Get yourself a glass jug because it’s such a visually appealing drink. For the best flavor leave the fruit and herbs in water for at least four hours. Here are a few fruit and herb combinations to get you started. The possibilities are endless.
Thinly slice a cucumber. Take 8 fresh mint leaves (or more) and muddle them. Muddling just means you are squishing the leaves a bit to release flavor. Don’t bother going out and buying a special tool. A wooden spoon or the end of a rolling pin works just fine. Add the cucumber and mint to ½ gallon of water.
Add two cups of finely chopped watermelon (no rind) and 15 leaves of muddled basil to ½ gallon of water.
Muddle ½ cup fresh raspberries and slice up one grapefruit, leaving the rind on. Add to ½ gallon of water.
Thinly slice a quarter of a fresh pineapple. Muddle 8 mint leaves. Add mint and pineapple to ½ gallon of water. This is so good!
Add 2 cups grapes, sliced in ½ and one sliced orange, rind on, to ½ gallon of water. Your kids will love this one.
Drink fruit infused water and improve your life. It’s the best gift you can give to your body. These drinks are fun. Give them a try and come up with your own specials!