Hydration & Naturally Flavored Water Recipes

Hydration & Naturally Flavored Water Recipes

Stay Hydrated


Hey beautiful, drink some water.

Drinking water can feel like a chore sometimes. I find it all too easy to coast along a busy day, and forget about drinking an adequate amount of water. According to the Mayo Clinic, women need 11.5 cups of water per day, and men need 15.5 cups per day. That number can seem overwhelming. However, there are some great tips to keep you motivated to keep up with your water intake, so you can get all the benefits of staying properly hydrated.

There are so many amazing benefits from drinking water. The first being water is essential for sustaining life. We all need water as humans for basic survival. Water is important for electrolyte balance, detoxifying our bodies, proper digestion, and for muscle and joint repair. Here is an article from Dr. Josh Axe on the Benefits of Drinking Water for Skin, Digestion, Weight, and More.

I suggest starting with getting a nice water bottle. This may seem silly, but picking out a water bottle that you love is motivating to most people. When you feel inspired by a beautiful bottle or one that has the latest technology to keep it temperature regulated to your liking, you will be more likely to keep sippin’ on the good stuff. Another tip is to set intermittent alarms on your phone that are marked to daily so that they pop up consistently. After a few days, reaching for your water bottle or cup will become routine, and you won’t even think twice about it anymore. Drinking water will become instinctive not daunting.

I can understand how it can be hard to break the cycle of reaching for a soda or seltzer. Although seltzer or sparkling waters are a better choice, you need to be mindful about how they are flavored. Even though some companies advertise with “natural flavors” you also need to understand that natural flavors can be formulated in a lab with chemicals. So, while you think you are drinking something that is straight from a lime or grapefruit, it could actually be chemicals in disguise as fruit. In addition, there are heavy metals and chemicals that can be found in popular brands of seltzers and sparkling waters.

Here is a great resource to follow up on sparkling water contamination and natural flavors from the trusted FoodBabe.com:
– Sparking Water
– Natural Flavors

Below are three simple flavored water recipes I use with fresh herbs from my garden and fresh fruit that is in season or flash frozen. These are so simple to make, and will keep you drinking throughout the day. Making flavored water is also a fun activity to do as a family. My kids love mixing and matching their own combinations. Enjoy and drink up friends!

Strawberry Flavored Waters

Mindful Living With Amanda

Ingredients
  

Water Base

  • 3/4 cup pure coconut water
  • 3/4 cup filtered water

Strawberry & Basil

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 3 slices of cucumbers
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves

Mixed Berry & Lavender

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 2 tbsp frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lavender

Strawberry & Mint

  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Mix the waters together, and toss in the ingredients for the flavored water of choice. Gently stir, and add ice to your preference. Enjoy!

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