Did you know that there is a reservoir floating in space that is equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the worlds oceans?? Or that the expiration date on bottled water is for the bottle and NOT the water?? No? Neither did I until I started researching this post!!
We all know that we should drink more water, everywhere you look there are advertising campaigns telling us to steer clear of evil fizzy drinks and to grab a bottle of H2O in order to boost our health. But why? I thought id take a second to explain why we need to keep ourselves topped up on the clear stuff.
I don’t want to bore you with an endless list of facts so I thought I’d just jump to the vital stuff….
Firstly your body is made of about 60% water, your brain is 70% water and your lungs are nearly 90% water (pretty vital stuff wouldn’t you say??). Every day your body needs to replace almost 2.4 litres of water its loses through sweat, faces (sorry but its true) urine and evaporation. It is important that we replace this water in order to regulate our body temperature, lubricate joints, protect vulnerable nerves including the spinal cord and to eliminate waste products.
So how much water do we need to drink a day??
Well unfortunately its not exactly a clear cut answer. Any activity that increases how many calories you burn or that raises your body temperature will result in your body losing more water and therefore you need to drink more! So if you work out a lot or if you are in a hotter climate you will require more water to keep you hydrated. In order to keep things simple the advised intake is recommended to be around 8 glasses of water a day for an adult UK resident (our climate doesn’t really play a part!) increasing to an extra 2-3 glasses when working out!!
Personally I love water although I am not particularly good at remembering to drink enough and I am happy to admit it can get a little boring. So lets look at pimping your water to make it a little more exciting. Say hello to infused water!!
Infused water is super easy and can look seriously pretty with very little effort. It basically involves adding fruits or herbs to water and letting it work its magic to add a little flavour. I have tried countless combinations with varying levels of success so I tend to rely on a few favourites to make my H2O a little more interesting.
One of my favourites happens to be one of the easiest and cheapest to make, lemon and mint. Fool proof in the preparation so anyone can do it, just tear up some mint leaves, slice a lemon and pop into whatever vessel you have (or just your water bottle if your on the go) and give it a quick swirl around to mix it all together. It’ s best to leave it for a few hours in the fridge to properly “infuse” but you can also squash the fruits to release the flavour if you want to drink straight away.
Another great option is lemon and orange although you do need quite a lot of orange to really get the flavour and I recommend really mushing up the orange segments to get the best taste!
Some epic failures I’ve tried include anything with apple (waste of an apple as it doesn’t actually taste like much) and banana (no idea why I thought that would work, basically just produced a wet banana)!!!
Give it a shot and let me know how you get on. I would love to hear your best combinations and see your photos!!
Photos courtesy of infusedwaters.com