Make Your Own Naturally Flavoured Water
There is a heatwave forecast for the greater Gauteng area this week. Temperatures could get as high as 35°C. When the heatwave passes, it’s likely that the temperatures will stay between 27°C and 30°C. So it’ll still be hot!
When temperatures pick up, it becomes more important than usual that you drink as much water as possible. Heat leads to dehydration, which is why you need to keep drinking. But it can be near impossible to drink enough to stay hydrated if you’re not much of a water drinker to start with. Maybe a glass or two, instead of the recommended two litres, is the most you can do each day because you just don’t like the taste. How to drink more? How about trying these five naturally flavoured water ideas?
- Lemon water
A good place to start is with the old-school, classic lemon-infused water. Pop a few lemon slices into your water and chill it.
- Cucumber water
Water-rich fruits are best for water-infusing because they already have their own juicy goodness to add to the water. Wash and cut up your cucumber into circular slices, add to the water jug and refrigerate.
- Mint water
Add a few chopped mint leaves to your water and chill. To unleash more flavour, you could also mix the mint water with either the lemon or cucumber. Or both!
- Watermelon water
The thing with watermelon is that it’s practically liquid but also sweet, so adding it to your water will make for a great flavour experience.
- Strawberry water
Add strawberry chunks, mint and lemon slices to your jug of water or water bottle for an explosion of flavour.
And there you have it! Five new reasons and ways for you to drink more water this summer. An added benefit is that lemon, cucumber- and mint-flavoured water has other benefits such as assisting with digestion, detoxing and providing antioxidants.
Always use glass jugs and water bottles as drinking from plastic over long periods is not good for your health.
Wash your fruit, veg or herbs properly.
Keep the water chilled; drinking it at room temperature will likely leave a bad taste and offer no refreshment.
Also read: Eat Light, Feel Refreshed This Spring