The Flavors of Water

 

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Drinking water:

  1. helps maintain the balance of body fluids;
  2. can help control calories;
  3. helps energize muscles;
  4. helps keep skin looking good;
  5. helps your kidneys;
  6. helps maintain normal bowel function.

(Source: Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD)

So, if drinking water does all this for me, then why am I not drinking as much as I (on average) should?

Because water is boring and one can only drink so much before getting “sick” (pardon the pun) of the bland and non-existent flavor of water!

The amount of water a person needs, depends on many factors, including, how active you are and where you live.  The Institute of Medicine determined that for the average adult living in a temperate climate, an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day.  The adequate intake for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

I can tell you, I (pretty much) never consume the suggested 2.2 liters.

But…things are about to change.

Simply by infusing my water and giving it a bit of natural flavor, it tastes so much better and it is so much easier to consume over the course of a day.  So, in my efforts to help you increase your water intake, allow me to make some suggestions to make your water a whole lot more palatable:

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Strawberry Basil – these two go surprisingly well together.  Start out with just a few basil leaves and add more to taste.


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Lemon Cucumber – refreshing and your water now contains a nice extra dose of Vitamin C.  Oh, and it tastes good too!


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Mint – tummy soother, potential anti-cancer agent, vitamin A & C provider and yummy tasting.

 

Then there are some fruits and vegetables that are fun to try alone, or in combination with each other:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Watermelon
  • Canteloupe
  • Berries, either single berry or mixed berries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple

 

To top it off, allow me to share some simple “infused water recipes” that are fun to try out.  Remember, these infused waters are not only suitable to help you increase your own water intake on a daily basis, but they also make great refreshments at get-togethers or summer parties.

 

{Edited Nov. 2013}

Now, if you’ve been to this page before, you may remember that at this point I shared some recipes that I had found, loved and wanted to bring to your attention.  But…a year and a half after this mommy was loving, sharing, kind and honest (as I actually cited and linked to the source),  I was contacted by the legal department of the “Corporation” whose recipes I had shared; I had to take my positive and glorious words down as by sharing their recipes I was breaking their Copyright.   Yep, this is where online “sharing the love” wasn’t enough.

Since it doesn’t take an out-of-this-world genius to come up with fruit and herb infused water recipes, I will soon share some of my own pieces of deliciousness with you.  Stay tuned, this mommy genius will bring you some infused water recipes that leave any “Corporation” in the dust.

{End Edit}

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As you can see, play and mix together some fruit, herbs, even flowers and see what you come up with.  So, on this note, I would say: grab a reusable bottle, fill it up with water and your favorite flavoring and go about your day, while staying hydrated, healthy and beautiful!

 

Until next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

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6 Responses to The Flavors of Water

  1. Shelley says:

    Perfect timing! I need to drink extra water right now to help get rid of post-partum foot swelling…and after a while, it’s hard to face another plain glass. I’ve been doing lemons & limes… but I never thought about things like cucumber!

    • Marieke says:

      So excited that the little girl has arrived and that now you can get going on the way to “recovery”. Glad that the post was able to give you some ideas. It’s fun to try different things out.

  2. Jen says:

    Love this! I am always looking for ways to make drinking water easier. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Marieke says:

      You’re welcome! It really does make a difference. It’s almost like getting different flavors coffee at Starbucks… :-0
      Only cheaper and healthier….. :-x [chuckle]

  3. Pamela S says:

    These are wonderful! I love the lavender one and since I have lavender plants hopefully I will remember to make it!

    • Marieke says:

      Oh, I LOVE Lavender. Have you tried drying it and putting it in little sachets? Then put it in your drawers and they smell beautifully!

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