With all the sunshine and summer fun to be had, it’s hard to imagine a downside to summer weather! Unfortunately, dehydration is an inconspicuous health issue that can become dangerous quickly.
Dehydration occurs when not enough fluids are taken in to replenish what’s lost throughout the day. Once you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is by drinking fruit, vegetable and herb infused waters! Not only do they add flavor to plain old water, they make the everyday act feel like a luxury. Infused waters are a great way to shake things up and get creative.
Take your regular water to the next level and sip pretty on my favorite infused water recipes!
#1. Strawberry, basil, lime
#2. Blueberry, blackberry, lemon
#3. Jalapeño, cucumber, mint
#4. Cucumber, lemon, cilantro
There really is no recipe, per se; it’s all about personal preference! The more produce used and the longer it’s left to soak, the stronger the flavor. I generally just add all the ingredients into my glass, lightly muddle and fill with water. Along with infused waters, here’s my top tips for staying hydrated this summer:
Purchase an Eco-Friendly Water Bottle
Even when you’re not thirsty, it’s important to drink water regularly. Purchase a water bottle and keep it within reach throughout the day. When it’s right there in front of you, there is no excuse not to drink!
Write It Down
Keeping a log on daily water intake is an easy way to bring awareness to your drinking habits. Set a goal to drink at least two liters of water daily.
Avoid Dehydrating Beverages
Many beverages may expedite dehydration. The worst offenders include alcohol, sodas and caffeinated drinks. Opt for an iced decaffeinated, herbal tea instead in place of coffee or tea. If axing caffeine is out of the question, limit intake to one cup daily.
Eat Water-Rich Produce
A fraction of our water intake is derived from food. Certain fruits and vegetables can hydrate you just as much as a glass of water! Hydration aside, you’ll get the added boost of antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber. The top water-rich foods include cucumber, spinach, lettuce, watermelon, tomatoes, watercress, celery, radishes and grapefruit.