I bet you didn’t know that there are over 100 great body benefits that water can give you?
- These are just the tip of the iceberg
- It helps you lose weight
- It reduces bladder and UTI infections
- It helps your skin glow and your eyes shine
- It helps reduce lines and wrinkles
- It curbes hunger and reduces snacking
As a woman, you need to drink 2.7 litres of water a day. But that can be a hard habit to pick up, right?
A common problem is that people just don’t like the taste (or lack of taste) of water. Our palettes want more. They are used to strong flavours, sugar and other chemicals like caffeine or alcohol. How can water measure up?
Well, with a little discipline and routine, you’ll soon be loving water for all the feel-good factors it brings. But how can you get started on the road to drinking more water? By making water yummy.
Creating appealing water means adding taste and colour. To do that, the simplest way is to throw in a few fruits, veg and herbs. Here are a few combos to get you started:
- mint, cucumber and strawberry
- apple, ginger and lime
- blackberry, raspberry and orange
- lime, lemon and orange
- pineapple, lime and ginger
- 3 melons (honeydew, watermelon, Galia) and mint
If that all sounds like a lot of prep each time you want a drink, make up a jug in the morning that lasts you the day.
Better yet, do a load of prep in one go. Then fill up some lolly moulds with your ingredients and top up with water. Freeze these and they’re ready to pop into your water jug whenever you want some yummy water.
Here are a few other tips to enhance your fruit-infused water experience:
- use organic ingredients whenever possible
- use filtered or distilled water
- top up your water throughout the day — the flavour will continue to infuse
- after 4–6 hours, strain out your ingredients and discard (you can eat them, but they won’t taste strong or have the same texture as usual after sitting in water all day)
- save your water for later — once you have separated your infused water, keep it in the fridge for a couple of days.
Herbal teas vary in flavour and quality. If you’ve tried them in the past and found them wanting, try another flavour. Eventually, you’ll meet one that works for you.
Buy the best quality tea bags that you can. Cheaper options may contain sugar and unidentified flavourings. The bags themselves can also contain bleaches and plastics.
The best approach is to buy loose-leaf herbal tea from a good quality provider, or you can make your own.
Pick fresh herbs (rosemary, mint, lavender, lemon balm, fennel) and greens (cleavers, nettles, dandelion leaves) and drop them in a cafetière with water that is just off the boil. Allow it to infuse for about 5 minutes, press and drink. You can also chill your tea in the fridge and drink it iced later.
Add citrus fruits, ginger or spices for extra zing. Lemon and ginger with hot water is a great way to start the day and gently wake up your system — much better than a caffeinated beverage.
Juicing is a fantastic way to hydrate.
Start with a base of celery or cucumber, these are full of water and low in sugars. They’re also packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. After that you can add any of the following:
- ripe strawberries
- fresh ginger
- fresh lemon juice.
Don’t go overboard with your choices or you’ll up your sugar intake for the day. Just have a little of what you like to add flavour.
Still, need convincing?
When you feel the joy of proper hydration, you’ll feel motivated to carry on. Check out some of the benefits you could enjoy via our Learning Centre.