Don’t forget that we as humans can absorb our water from many sources! So here are some tips and ideas about where you can get those 8 – 15 glasses of water a day from and still enjoy getting them into your body!
Best tip – Herbal Teas, Infusions & Healthy Add Ins:
1) Drink it at a different temperature – warm, or hot, but only ice cold in the heat of summer.
2) Add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon to your water – this is especially helpful first thing in the morning as it gets the liver and gallbladder going, speeds up and improves your metabolism and improves the cleansing abilities of your body. You can do the same with any citrus fruit – and by using fresh fruit you’re giving both vitamins and enzymes to your body.
3) Add a few slices of cucumber to your glass – this is a tonic to your lymphatic system (which is your detox highway)
4) Add a few grains (just a few!) of unrefined Himalayan sea salts – this will boost the mineral content of the water providing your body with necessary electrolytes.
5) Add a slice of ginger – this adds zing and it’s a great immune supporting herb. It also increases the circulation and thus increases your metabolic rate. Add it to ho water and drink as a tea.
6) Add some fresh herbs - mints, lemongrass, or parsley are great for adding aroma and a hint of green to your water. If you want to release the flavor you can crush the plants a little bit before putting them into your water. Every herb has medicinal properties – so by adding these herbs you are adding those properties as well – worth looking into before you drink a ton of any one kind of herbal infusion!
7) Fresh or frozen berries – it’s the same concept as the citrus fruit – but you get the added punch of antioxidants as well.
8) Herbal Teas – just brew and enjoy – either hot or cold. Herbal teas should be brewed for at least 5 minutes – better 10 - to get all the benefits from the herbs. Remember that herbs are medicine, so again be sure or what you’re drinking. Chamomiles, mints, rooibos’ are all great and very safe options.
Next best option – from your food: Soups, Juices and liquid-y foods all contain water.
1) Count soups to the best of your ability – if it’s a straight broth you can count it one for one as water. If it’s a thick creamy soup – maybe one cup only = ¼ water – you’ll have to make a judgment call here – and be fair with yourself!
2) Milk is counted about 1 – ½. So if you drink 1 cup of milk you’ve ingested about ½ cup of water.
3) Juice is counted about 1 – ¾. So if you drink a cup of juice, you’ve had about ¾ cup of water. The added benefit of juices is all the nutrients they contain. Freshly squeezed is by far the best option with enzymes and vitamins still active and available to you. Pasteurized juices are great for vitamin C – but that’s about it.
Happy Hydrating Everyone!