Thursday, June 25, 2015

Drink Up!



Summer brings its own set of challenges when it comes to staying hydrated. We spend more time outside in the hot sun. We hang out at the pool, around water, and often don’t remember we still need to drink water. We don’t really think of it as a nutrient, but water is an essential nutrient for your body. Dehydration, or not having enough water in the body, can disrupt a variety of metabolic processes, leaving you zapped of energy, weak and unable to think clearly. So drink up and stay hydrated with these natural beverage choices. 
 
Water. It’s what your body needs. When it comes to purified water, the possibilities are endless. Mineral enhanced or low mineral, sparkling or still, numerous varieties are available. Don’t like plain water? Try flavored water for a refreshing taste, but look for ones without artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. Or try one of the many varieties of drops or mixes you can add to water for taste. You can even make your own flavored water at home, adding herbs and fruit to a pitcher of water (see recipe below).

Coconut Water. Also called coconut juice, this natural isotonic beverage is high potassium and other electrolytes, making it a great fluid replacement beverage for exercise and sports events. Look for varieties with no added sugar or sweeteners, which make coconut water a better choice than common sports beverages.

Tea. Tea is one of the more popular beverages available. Choose from black, green, oolong, white or rooibos (red) teas, or a variety of herbal tisanes. Caffeine free will be a better option for maintaining hydration. Brew tea with hot water, then pour over ice for a refreshing iced tea to cool you off on a hot day. 

Mint Rosemary Water

3 slices lemon
4 sprigs mint, bruised (gently mashed)
1 sprig rosemary, bruised
4 cups filtered water

1. Place lemon slices in a pitcher or container.
2. Using a wooden spoon, gently press on the fruit slices to help release juice.
3. Add  bruised herbs. The bruising allows the oils to be released.
4. Add water.
5. Enjoy!