Newly improved, step-by-step!
In our New Year’s issue, I challenged you to choose one healthy thing you love and find ways to do it more. What are some of the healthiest choices and why should we add them to our day? This week let’s talk about water- we hear so much about drinking more water as an important tool for health.
Your body is about 70-80% water that equals approximately 14-15 gallons! You need water to purify your system and neutralize waste products. Feeling foggy or unclear, which many people experience, has about a 95% chance of being due to lack of water in the body. So many common health challenges like headaches, fatigue, nausea and constipation are directly connected to dehydration. On a deeper level, lack of water is connected to risk of kidney issues, urinary tract infections and challenged liver function. Simply put, your body needs water to efficiently maintain so many key systems. In light of this, we can see how adding more water to your daily consumption is such an easy way to support your health.
Simply Easy Tip:
How much WATER? Divide your weight by 2 equaling the number of ounces you need per day (for example: if you weigh 140 lbs., you need 70 oz. of water). If you are not doing a good job with water-don’t get overwhelmed by that number. Start by adding more; drink 2 more glasses than you have been doing-every drop counts!
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Simply Delicious: Infused Water Tips
Ingredients: Choose organic when you can. Wash produce and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, and other residues.
Water: Use cold or room temperature filtered water. Hot water makes produce fall apart faster and can compromise the nutrients you’re trying to coax out of the ingredients.
Vessels: Glass, plain and simple. You can purchase infusing pitchers and bottles, but they are often plastic so I suggest that you spend on fresh produce instead.
Softer fruits like citrus and strawberries can be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered. Harder fruits like apples should be sliced very thinly because they take longer to release flavors.
Crush fibrous ginger root, rosemary, and lemongrass with a muddler or wooden spoon; tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and cilantro to release their oils.
Loose herbs and flowers—lavender, rose petals, dried hibiscus—can be corralled in a tea infuser or cheesecloth.
Soak Time and Temperature:
Infuse water at room temperature for no more than 2 hours. After that, put it in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.
Cucumbers, citrus fruits, melons, and mint flavor water almost immediately. Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger root, and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
Melons and sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours; citrus, and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
After 4 hours, unpeeled citrus can make water taste bitter. To make a big jug of infused water for a party, peel the citrus before soaking.
If you don’t drink the water within 24 hours, strain out the solids and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
To keep sipping all day long, refill your infused water container when it’s half full. It will be weaker than your first drink, but still flavorful.
Combo Ideas for Infused Water:
Cucumber + lime + strawberry + mint
Lemon + raspberry + rosemary
Orange + blueberry + basil
Lime + ginger root + basil
Lemon + thyme
Orange + cinnamon + cardamom + cloves
Pear + fennel