Water makes up 60 percent of our bodies, and daily water intake plays a major role in keeping all the body's systems in working order. When you're dehydrated your skin is more likely to show age. Dehydration also leads to constipation. Basically, daily water intake is essential to keeping your body running smoothly. Water isn't always the sexiest of beverages. In fact, it can be quite boring. But not anymore. We've got 7 healthy recipes for the hottest ways to amp up your daily water intake.
Cucumber adds such a refreshing flavor to water. It almost makes it feel more hydrating. In the summer time, it adds a spa-like quality to your beverage. Thinly slice half a cucumber and add it to a pitcher. Let the cucumber soak in water for a few hours and you're good to go.
2. Fruit Cubes
Add frosty elegance to your water with fruit cubes. Simply add berries to an ice tray and fill with water. Freeze over night.
Mint, like cucumber, adds a refreshing flavor. Add a handful of mint to a pitcher and soak for a few hours. It can also be combined with cucumber for a double refresher.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is great for digestion. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your water cup and let stand for 30 minutes.
5. Carbonate It
It's a bit of an investment at $100, but an at-home carbonation system can also be worth it in the long term. This is especially true if you're a fan of sparkling water. You can also turn soda water into anything you dream of, from citrus to coconut water by adding as much or as little flavor as you like.
6. Add Pizzazz
Add a teaspoon of ginger, lemon, and spearmint for a bold flavor combination. Add all three to a pitcher and let stand for three hours.
Lemons, oranges, and limes make water super palatable and they have numerous health benefits. Citrus fruits have tons of vitamin C for immune health as well as being an anti-inflammatory and helping with digestion.
When choosing water, the best tasting, healthiest, and easiest to find is reverse osmosis water. It's available at your local health foods store and it's relatively inexpensive at around 40 cents per gallon.