The human body is made of up of approximately 50-75% water and it an important element that the body can’t live without. Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by-products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases. Just because water is necessary for survival, spice it up by adding fruit and herbs for a tasty refreshing drink.
Summers are hot, especially in Texas where temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and drinking water is necessary to stay hydrated. Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too low. This is easily fixed by increasing fluid intake. Approximately six to eight glasses of water and a variety of fluids must be consumed each day to meet your body’s daily needs. More than eight glasses may be needed for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding women. Please note that for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of water.
Fruit infused water is a fun natural way to drink flavored water without the extra calories and help promote weight loss, ease stress and curb your sweet tooth. Items necessary to make fruit water is listed below:
- Fruit – whatever kind you like (except bananas); make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor
- Herbs – these are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors
- Jars or pitchers – any 2 quart picture will do or you can use mason jars
- Wooden spoon – for mashing fruit and herbs
- Water – filtered water, but regular tap water is fine if yours tastes good to you
The decision to use fresh or frozen fruit depends on your preference or availability. I prefer to use fresh fruit when it is in season and frozen fruit can also be used instead of ice to help water cool. Use herbs you like or happen to have on hand. Mint is the most obvious herb choice; I also have tried basis and rosemary.
We need a fresh supply of water daily because our body can’t store water. Which one are you going to try today?