We’ve all been told by a variety of sources that we should be drinking enough water to keep ourselves hydrated. As our bodies are made up of at least 60% water, keeping sufficiently hydrated is vital in ensuring that our bodies can function at optimum level.
In order to gauge how much water you should be drinking a day, the general guideline is 1 litre of water per 25kg body weight. So if you are 75kg, the right amount for you is around 3 litres a day. Of course, you shouldn’t drink this amount all at once – just make sure that you drink at regular intervals throughout the day to meet your water intake requirements.
Although it sounds like a simple task (what’s so difficult about drinking water!), you’d be surprised by how little water you may actually be consuming in a day. Sometimes we get carried away with the day’s activities and just forget to drink. Believe it or not, there are actually apps now that you can download to remind you to drink water throughout the day so forgetting to drink is more common than one may imagine. Another big problem with drinking water is that some of you may find water too boring a beverage and turn to less healthy alternatives such a sugary and fizzy drinks. Unfortunately, these drinks aren’t doing your body any favours as too much sugar can actually dehydrate your cells.
So what’s a better alternative? Infused waters! They not only make water sexy and delicious, they also add additional vitamins and minerals into your diet. And the best part is they are so easy to put together! You just need some fruits and vegetables, cut them into small pieces and put them into your glass, pitcher or container of water for at least for 30 minutes (overnight is even better as the flavour gets even more intense). And that’s it!
Below are a few combinations for infused water to get you started. Don’t limit yourself to these though as you can have fun experimenting with your own concoctions. You can put as much fruits and vegetables as you like, depending on the balance of flavours that you are after. Have fun with it and as always – go organic wherever you can and don’t forget to wash or peel your fruits and veggies before you use them.
Watermelon and Mint
This is the drink for super hot days! The combination is super refreshing and also aids digestion.
Strawberries and Blackberries
The darker the fruit, the more the nutrients! Mix these berries together to get maximum goodness of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Apple, Cinnamon and Clove
This warms the body and cinnamon helps to balance the blood sugar level – a great drink to have with sweet food.
Lemongrass and Lemon
A burst of refreshing flavours and a lot of vitamin C.
Pandan and Papaya
This combination has a delicious fragrance to it, and the vitamin A and enzymes from the papaya are great for boosting your overall health and digestion. Pandan is known to relieve pains like headaches.
Cucumber and Lime
While cucumber refreshes and soothes your digestive system, lime stimulates digestive juices – a great pre-food drink.
Ginger, Carrot and Orange
This is probably one of my favourites as it combines the sweetness of the orange with the zestiness of the ginger. Also a good source of vitamin C.
Cucumber, Dill and Apple
A great drink to aid digestion.
Celery, Dill and Lime
This combination will aid bowel movement.
Grapefruit and Basil
A refreshing drink that delivers a boost of vitamin C and because it’s bitter, it stimulates digestive juices.
Cucumber, Chilli Padi and Pineapple
This truly refreshes you while delivering a zingy after-taste. Great for speeding up your metabolism!
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