“Drink 8 glasses of water everyday.” You probably read this a lot online, on magazines, heard it from your friend or television. Health authorities recommend doing this but you know, this is just a guideline. Why? Simply because our bodies are not all the same. It all depends on every individual: you might need more glasses of water than I do while another person might be fine with just 5 per day. Other factors to consider include health condition, environment, diet, activity, etc. therefore the “Eight-Glass Rule” doesn’t really apply to everyone.
Consequently, if we don’t drink enough water that our body needs, mild dehydration (a loss of 1% – 3% of water in the body) could lead to negative effects like headaches, lack of concentration and some other functions of the brain. This could happen if you sweat a lot from exercise or from heat and mind you, 1% is already a huge chunk. Bottom line is, we need to drink water and since we’re at it, why not throw in some fruits and herbs in your H2O?
Today’s recipe is all about fruit and herb-infused water. One might ask, why do that instead of just drinking fruit juice? There are several reasons:
- Fruit and herb-infused water tastes lighter compared to those overly sweet and overwhelming taste of most fruit and vegetable juices.
- Unless you are juicing your own, most fruit juices, specially those branded products from the supermarket contain added sugar even though the label tells you otherwise. Plus, eating the fruit itself gives you fiber.
- Fruit and herb-infused water doesn’t fill you up since it significantly contains less sugar therefore you will be able to drink more and hydrate more!
- Satisfies your sweet tooth so you won’t grab a venti from that cafe selling overpriced coffee. Saves you calories and dollars.
Basically, you can choose any fruit / herb combination. Here are some of my suggestions:
Cucumber + Lemon + Mint
Thinly slice your cucumber, you can keep the peel attached if it’s organic, otherwise peel them. Do the same with your lemon (lime can also be used as a replacement), add in 6-8 leaves of mint.
Blueberry + Lemon + Thyme
Make sure you washed your blueberries before adding them in! Slice a whole lemon into wedges and slide in 3 -4 sprigs of fresh thyme!
Watermelon + Basil
There are several ways to serve watermelon; you can use a melon baller to have that tapioca pearl look, you can slice them like pizza and dunk it in, or just go cubes! Be sure to remove the seeds!
Rosemary + Grapefruit
Use half of a grapefruit, slice them up and add a sprig or two of rosemary. Grapefruit can be overwhelming to some so unless you are used to eating this, use just half first in your pitcher.
Pineapple + Mint
We are eliminating added sugar so please use fresh pineapples and not those that come in cans. Check out this Youtube video on how to cut a pineapple, the fun way.
The possibilities are endless! You can settle with one fruit/herb or combine more than 3 ingredients for a more complex flavor! Our body is made up of 60% water and we lose some of that percentage everyday so it’s just wise to replenish them by drinking water and not soda, not coffee, etc. If you’re gonna be drinking water, might as well throw in some fruits, vegetables or herbs in it so you could get more nutrients right? So there you have it. Drink well, be well, farewell!