I have water jugs placed strategically around the house. One in the library, one by my bed, one on the kitchen working block, one in the master bath, one in the living room, one by the back door, one in the car….I think I have all the bases covered.
I can drink it cold from the fridge or room temperature. I like the feel of water on my cheeks and tongue, I swirl and swish it around in my mouth, to prolong the pleasure of it.
Drinking water is good for you; absolutely vital for you during these hottest of days. But, sometimes our mouth just craves a bit of difference, a bit of flavor. Bottled, flavored water is ok in a pinch, but be aware of added sugar, which doesn’t help your health or your waistline, and the fact that it is probably artificially flavored, and has been sitting around for a certain amount of time.
So, what can you do with water from home, either from the tap or from your reverse-osmosis system? How do you jazz it up and take your ordinary, water in the fridge into that spa water realm? You can design any flavor combination that you desire. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you can come up with your own “signature” water.
Starting with a water container full of water: just be creative. I have tried adding:
add 10 cucumber slices and a branch of fresh rosemary
add 8-10 cucumber slices, 1/2 a sliced lime, 2 sprigs of bruised mint
add 10 cucumber slices and 5 sprigs of fresh mint (bruise slightly before adding)
add 2 green tea bags and 5 sprigs of fresh, bruised mint, let steep in the sunshine until the water is lightly golden, then add a small amount of honey to taste.
slice and add 1/2 a lemon and 1/2 an orange
Green Apple/Orange Water:
3-4 thin slices of green apple (sprinkle lemon juice on the slices)1/2 orange sliced
Grape and Pomegranate:
15-20 grapes halved and add half a pomegranate (just be sure to sieve the pomegranate seeds as you pour)
Adding a pinch of sea salt to your water helps with electrolyte (ionic) balance when you have been perspiring. Never add enough to taste the salt outright, just enough to ‘season’ the water. My favorite sea salt is Redmond’s Real Salt from Utah.
You can add several drops of green tea extract which concentrates the benefits of green tea.
Ginger adds a zing to water (probably best if you add the ginger to hot water, let it steep, then chill)
Herbs like lemon-grass and parsley should be bruised and added to water.
Crushed blueberries and strawberries impart a delicate flavor, but need to steep for 24 hours.
Apple cider vinegar can be added as well, which provides an ‘apple-ish’ taste and acutally helps neutralize overly acidic systems.
So drink when you think about it, and drink when you don’t!
Stay hydrated, be healthy, be happy, be safe, take your women vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten
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