Its no secret that adequate hydration is vital for good health. Our water needs also increase in this dry summer heat. But most clients that I see (and myself included) drink far too little water. Did you know that the brain is about 85% water? If you drink too little it can lead to constipation, fatigue and headaches. Another factor is that it is easy to think you are hungry when you are in fact thirsty, so many of eat instead of drink in an attempt to satisfy our thirst.
There is some debate about how much water you should be consuming, however if you consume between 1.5 to 3 l water daily you should be safe. However, something that is frequently heard in my office ‘but water is so boring, is there nothing else I can drink?’ The truth is not really. Sodas and fruit juices (even the freshly squeezed kind) are loaded with sugar, and sugar free ‘light’ options are a no better alternative as they are usually packed with unwanted chemicals and artificial sweeteners. So what is the solution? The more you drink water the easier to becomes to choose water. Choosing water over sweetened drinks is one of the first and most obvious suggestions I make to clients to help retrain taste buds and reduce sugar dependence.
However there are some healthy ways to flavour water.
Fruit Infused Water:
Adding cut up fresh fruit like apple slices, strawberries, oranges, lemon or cucumber along with fresh herbs like mint, ginger and basil to jugs or bottles of water infuses with water throughout the day and gives a light, fresh flavour.
Some great flavour combinations:
- Strawberry & Mint
- Orange & Rosemary
- Lemon, Mint & Ginger
- Cucumber, Apple & Mint
- Orange & Granadilla
- Mango & Ginger
Add some chopped fresh fruit like strawberries, granadilla, berries and mint into an ice tray and cover with water, allow to freeze and pop the ice cubes into you water first thing in the morning, the ice cubes melt and allow the flavour to infuse you water. Alternately fill your bottle with ¼ water and add fruit (I find granadilla works really well) and freeze it overnight, the next morning top up with filtered water and your flavour will melt through the day.
- 8 bags green tea or any herbal tea
- 4 cups boiling water
- 4 tsp xylitol
- 4 cups assorted fresh fruit, such nectarine wedges, lime slices, blueberries, raspberries, shaved cucumber
- 1 liter plain or sparkling water,chilled
- 2 Tbsp. snipped fresh mint or 8 to 10 mint sprigs
- Add tea bags to boiling water and allow to infuse & cool. Remove tea bags and once cooled pour into large jug. Add sparkling water xylitol and fruit of choice. Enjoy!
Watch the youtube clip on how to prepare these drinks here:
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