INFUSING YOUR WATER – HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY ALKALINE WATER RECIPES
Did you know the human body is made up of more than 65% water. Getting adequate hydration helps with digestion, detoxification, energy and mental focus, and immunity and healing—just to name a few (it’s essential to all bodily functions!) and Weight Loss😊.
Our water intake comes not just from drinking water, the main source, but also from consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, which have high water content while high in diuretics like caffeine and alcohol draw water from the body.
Mild dehydration is relatively common but not healthy. Some of the most noticeable signs of mild dehydration are headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps and irregularity (aka constipation).
So, are you getting enough water and staying properly hydrated?
How much water do we need daily?
We’ve all heard that “8 glasses per day” rule. But it would seem obvious that someone who is 5 foot tall and 115 lbs. would need to drink less than a 275 lbs. football player😊 Daily hydration needs vary by person, our bio individuality, our level of physical activity and sweating, and what our diet is like—how much fresh produce we eat, how much caffeine and alcohol we drink, all affect how much water we need each day.
But, our general rule of thumb is to multiply your weight by 0.50—so, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water per day. No less than 0.67 x your weight. Add 10 ounces for every 30 minutes you spend sweating. Your water intake should also be increased in hot/humid temperatures or high altitude ( ie travelling by air too), as well as when fighting an illness, when pregnant or breastfeeding, and when drinking coffee. (We recommend a glass of water after every 8 ounces of coffee)
A simple ol’ glass of water will do the trick, but infused water can pack in some additional health benefits too.
How to make healthy infused water.
Infused water is a fun and easy way to pack more flavor and health benefits into a glass of water.
Simply prepare your added ingredients, add them to a glass pitcher, mason jar, or infusing water bottle, and refrigerate for a few hours (overnight is a good option too). Infused water can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.
For best results, use filtered water (here’s more about our favorite water filtration methods) and fresh, organic produce and herbs.
Healthy infused water recipes
Here are few simple and beneficial infused water “recipes.” These are suggestions to get you started, but all can be adjusted to your taste and preference. Feel free to experiment with new ingredients and combinations!
- Lemon water
We’ve chatted before about the many health benefits of lemon water, including digestion and detoxification. It’s particularly great first thing in the morning as part of a healthy morning routine. But lemon water can also be enjoyed at any other time of day to boost hydration, too!
Wash and squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water.
- Cucumber infused water
Cucumber helps to flush toxins, reduce bloating, cool inflammation in the body and keep cells hydrated.
Wash and thinly slice one cucumber (peel it if it’s not organic!) per 64 oz. of water.
- Cucumber mint
Mint promotes digestion, soothes stomach irritation, and reduces inflammation throughout the body.
Add a handful of muddled mint leaves to the cucumber-infused water recipe above.
Just like lemons, limes help to cleanse and detoxify our organs, boost immunity, aid digestion and stabilize blood sugar.
Squeeze the juice of one lime into a glass of water and enjoy immediately; or, add thin slices of one (well-washed) lime to 64 oz. of water.
- Strawberry lime
Added to the health benefits of lime, strawberries are rich in phytonutrients that help to maintain proper functioning of the nervous system.
Wash and finely slice about 10 strawberries per 62 oz. of water. Add thin slices of one (well-washed) lime.
- Watermelon basil
Watermelon is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells against damage and disease. Basil also has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties protecting against disease.
Check your Manual under the alkaline water section for help and ideas on infusing your water