You know it’s important to drink water don’t you? But you are struggling to get anywhere near the required 2 litres per day. It’s just so … boring isn’t it?
If you do not drink enough on a regular basis then you will:
Let’s jazz up the water you drink in 7 healthy ways.
Pick nearly any fruit and infuse it (or steep) it in (hot) water for up to 4 hours. Try these simple ideas:
Mush up a few berries such as blueberries or raspberries and leave in water.
Slice up lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit and leave in water.
Throw a handful of different fruits into water (orange, lemon, lime and strawberry work well together) and leave for a few hours.
Throw in a tea bag to liven it up. BUT – throw away the ‘English Breakfast Tea’ bags and try the following:
Camomile tea can be effective at relieving tummy upsets and at reducing anxiety. Hence its reputation as a great tea to have before bed. It may also have anti-inflammatory powers.
All teas have properties including boosting the levels of the calming brain chemical dopamine and improving attention, focus and overall mood. BUT before you rush for the tea pot consider that most teas also contain caffeine which can increase anxiety whilst having a dehydrating effect. So go for white tea which has the least caffeine and the mildest flavour.
Don’t purchase a box of ‘Iced Tea Bags’ – make your own. Several of the manufactured varieties are very high in sugar. Instead dawdle around the local T2 shop and purchase one of their teas from their beautifully laid out sampling counter. Make it up in hot water and then put a large jug in the fridge. Once served over ice cubes, iced teas really can be delightful on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Simply peel and slice up some raw ginger into hot water and leave to cool. Or try it hot on a winter’s day. As you sip think about all the wonderful immunity boosting properties of the ginger. Yeah baby!
You have to break apart the mint leaves first to release the flavour before adding to water. Try ice cold – very refreshing. You could also add some hulled strawberries and serve for afternoon tea but this sounds dangerously like Pimms to me!
This is not an old wives tale – this one is awesome during flu and cold season. It combines ginger’s immunity boosting function with the anti-bacterial properties of both lemon and honey (Manuka is best) to relieve nasty cold symptoms.
Many spices are nice with water (though perhaps avoid the curry water) but try this one first. Steep 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise and 3 cardamom pods in hot water for 3 minutes and drink whilst warm. Cinnamon boosts satiety (it curbs your cravings), star anise is another immunity booster and cardamom is rich in vitamins and minerals. What a winner!
No, not the champagne silly – this is a health article! But, when all else fails just add sparkle. It’s amazing how much bubbly water you can consume when the still variety just isn’t doing it for you.
You feel energetic all day, do not suffer from food cravings just after you have had lunch and your skin glows so much that friends ask you what you are on!
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