Water is an essential nutrient and we constantly hear how we should consume it in daily quantities of at least 2 litres – even more if you’re exercising*
Staying hydrated not only makes us feel amazing but also has a very important role – to ensure essential vitamins and nutrients can travel around and be absorbed by the body.
If we’re really honest, we find ourselves drinking way under the recommended amount or being tempted by the brightly packaged, fizzy, caffeinated or high sugar alternatives.
This does seem crazy when you think that the benefits of drinking water over these alternatives not only aids weight loss programmes, but hydrates our skin, brightens our eyes and allows us to function better day to day.
Therefore making it part of our daily diet is really important, but how we can make it a little bit more interesting?
Why not try some of these natural ways to flavour water, giving you the added benefit of the natural minerals and vitamins, numerous health benefits and taking the weight off that wallet.
- Fresh basil leaves and orange slices
- Lemongrass, coriander and cucumber slices
- Cucumber slices and mint leaves
- Lavender sprigs and Pear slices
- Orange and lemon slices
- Apple and lime slices
- Strawberries, raspberries (both cut in half) and basil leaves
- Pineapple and parsley leaves
- Lavender sprigs and raspberries (cut in half)
- Grapes (cut in half) and thyme
Add the ingredients to a large jug of water and leave in the fridge to allow the flavours to develop. By knowing the volume of the jug, it makes it easier to keep track of your daily water intake.
be.fit tip: Try crushing the herb leaves before adding to the water. This helps to release all the lovely flavours.
*If you do not replace fluids lost during exercise you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. A quick and easy way to monitor this is to weigh yourself before exercising and then again afterwards. For every kg lost this is the same as 1 litre (1000ml) of water. To ensure you are appropriately rehydrated, you will need to make up this amount by 150%, meaning 1.5 litres in this case.
Remember to hydrate well before you begin exercise and continue to do so throughout and afterwards.