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Many of my clients tell me about their distaste for water. Yet, water is essential for life and optimal health. Your body needs a certain amount of water every day to function efficiently.
How to drink more water
According to The Mayo Clinic, water is a primary chemical component of the body, making up 60% of your total weight. Your organs, cells and tissues need water daily just to function properly.
The great water debate continues on how much water you should drink each day, but I think it’s more important to make sure you are drinking it each day.
Baby steps, right?
I have a suggestion. Be creative with drinking more water. Add fruit, herbs, spices and vegetables. It will give the water an essence of flavor. Plus, you may experience health benefits. Try one of these simple recipes this week and tell me what you think.
You can make them in a glass pitcher with an infuser lid, and infuser carafe or even a mason jar with a lid. Just add your ingredients, pour in spring or filtered water and wait. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor you get.
Infused water tips and tricks
If you don’t have an infuser, just use a water pitcher. Any jug will do. If you don’t want the ingredients in your glass, use a mesh strainer when you pour a glass. You may still have a little fruit pulp, but it’s all good!
I suggest at least 4 hours of steeping, but overnight and even 24 hours will give you a good punch of flavor.
Use high quality local produce and organic if possible and adjust the amount of produce to the size of the container you will use.
Here is a good rule of thumb: If your produce takes up a third of your container, that is usually plenty to get a good flavor.
Consume any flavor combination you make within three days. Fresh produce can go bad if you let it sit too long.
The infused water recipes
I encourage you to make up your own combinations, but here are a few to get you started:
Halve and pit 1 cup of fresh cherries. Thinly slice 1 lime (rind on if organic). Add to water pitcher. Add water, stir and let sit at least 4 hours.
CUCUMBER MINT REFRESHER
Slice 1 cucumber (peel if not organic). Thinly slice 1/2 of a lemon (keep rind on if organic). Add a handful of mint leaves. Add to water pitcher. Add water and let sit at least 4 hours.
ORANGE CRANBERRY BLISS
Slice one whole orange (keep rind on if organic). Slice or crush 1/2 cup of cranberries. Add to water pitcher. Add water, stir and let sit at least 4 hours.
Slice 1 cup of fresh pineapple. Slice one cup of fresh mango. Add to water pitcher. Add water and stir. Let sit at least 4 hours.
SPICE IS NICE
Slice one whole orange. Discard rind. Crush the fruit in a bowl. Add to water pitcher. Add a cinnamon stick, one clove and half of an open vanilla bean. Add water and stir. Let sit at least 4 hours.
Let me know what you think about these and please share your favorite combinations!
Robyn Evans is an award-winning writer, author, speaker, singer and all around lover of all things health. She started her health journey in late 2015 and is always looking for information to help people live healthier lives. Currently, Robyn is a distributor for Total Life Changes. Visit sip2health.com to view her product line or get in touch.
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