Whether it is summer or winter, it is always important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water from a safe source. Water is of course essential for your survival as every day your body loses water through passing urine and by sweating. This water needs to be constantly replenished and if you can get this right, you can take better control of your health.
What color is your urine?
Unless you are taking riboflavin or vitamin B2 (which can turn your urine bright yellow) you will be able to monitor your water intake by the color of your urine which should be a very pale yellow and frequent (that is several times per day). A healthy person urinates roughly 7 to 8 times per day. Children and the elderly will often need to be reminded to drink water regularly. Six to eight glasses per day is a suggested recommendation but of course this can depend on your size as well as the weather and personal activity.
Water is important for many reasons
- Eliminating waste products from your body
- Carrying nutrients around your body
- Promoting good metabolism and healthy digestion
- Helping your body control temperature
The majority of the liquid we drink should be water which is the ideal thirst quencher and best for re-hydrating the body. Water should always be the beverage of choice. However, unless you have been used to drinking water from a young age, it may be difficult for you to maximize your water drinking habit.
If you do not like the taste of water, try adding the following for a fresh and healthy taste
- Lemon, orange or cucumber slices
- Segmented clementines
- Ice-blocks made with 100% pure fruit juice
- Mint leaves, lemongrass, and parsley which will add aroma and a hint of green to your water - if you want to release the flavor you can crush the plants a little bit before putting them into your water
- Crushed berries with blueberries and strawberries having distinct flavors that are soaked up by water - cut or crush a few of the berries into your water
- Pineapple blocks
- Unsweetened cordial
- Sparkling water to half a glass of plain water
- Few drops of rose water
- Herbal tea bag to boiling water and chilled
- Sliced fruit to water jug and refrigerated overnight
- A little bit of natural salt (not processed) which helps your body absorb the water more quickly
- Zest some ginger for extra “zing” to your water
- Vinegar (apple cider or any clear vinegar) and get a similar taste to adding citrus - sour water that has vitamin C
Recipes to make that jug of water really special
The jug can be filled with still or sparkling water (or half of each) together with these ingredients and some ice if preferred.
Citrus and Cucumber
1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange all sliced with ½ cucumber sliced.
Raspberry and mint
1½ cup of raspberries, quartered and slightly crushed with ¼ cup of mint leaves.
Watermelon and basil
2 cups of watermelon (de-seeded) cubed with 10 basil leaves slightly bruised.
Apple and mint
3 frozen apples sliced (freezing releases more flavor) with ¼ cup of mint leaves.
Increase your water intake slowly
Start by having one or two extra drinks a day. Gradually change your habits so that after two to three weeks you will be leading a healthier lifestyle.