Are you making sure you're staying properly hydrated during the summer?
In recent years, there’s been a spotlight on proper hydration and the benefits of having healthy water intake habits. As much as we’re all aware that water is a necessity for life, the exact impacts hydration has on your overall health weren’t talked about that much — now, it seems no one can stop talking about it! There are always ongoing discussions as to how much water you should drink per day — is it 8 ounces or 10 ounces? Then there’s the fact that we normally live such fast-paced lifestyles, we can go hours without drinking a sip of water — before our body tells us to hydrate through thirst. But, did you know that by the time you feel thirsty your body has already become 1% dehydrated? Dehydration is never good, even in the smallest amount, which is why you should always keep yourself optimally hydrated.
These are just some benefits of proper hydration:
- Improves the quality of your hair, skin, and nails — no need for serums!
- Helps your muscles and joints work better — enhance the effects of your exercise!
- Increases energy levels and brain function — get the most out of your every day
In case we’ve convinced you to up your water intake this summer — high five! — we also decided to create a few infused water combinations that will make your hydration efforts absolutely delicious (and refreshing!).
How to make infused water?
Simply prepare a pitch of water, add some ice, and your choice of ingredients based on the flavor you want to achieve — stir well, and let it rest a bit so the water absorbs the flavor. That’s it!
Now, here are a few delicious infused water combos for you to try out:
1. Strawberry & Cucumber
Strawberry benefits: rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, improves heart health, regulates blood sugar and blood pressure, helps keep teeth and gums healthy
Cucumber benefits: Contains antioxidants, aids in weight loss, high and nutrients while low in calories, helps reduce blood sugar levels, has anti-inflammatory properties and can help strengthen bones.
This refreshing flavored water combo will give you some serious summer vibes while nourishing your body with healthy goodness. Add the amount of each item based on personal preference in taste flavor.
2. Lemon & Lime
Lemon benefits: Helps digestion, anti-inflammatory, detoxifies, helps with heartburn, helps with weight loss, boosts brain function.
Lime benefits: Improves skin quality and immune system, reduces risk of heart disease, helps lower blood sugar levels, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps prevent kidney stones.
Nothing is better than some citrus-flavored water! Packed with health benefits, this water combo will rejuvenate your body and cleans any toxins.
Pineapple benefits: Helps sore throat, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts the immune system, helps recover after strenuous exercise.
Super refreshing, this summer fruit is incredibly healthy and infused with water helps you stay hydrated and will help you recharge after an intense activity session.
Raspberry benefits: Has anti-aging effects on the skin, contains anti-inflammatory properties, helps regulate blood pressure, and speeds up metabolism.
Add some sweet raspberries to your water as a pre-workout drink, add some ice and watch your metabolism increase as you work out.
5. Blueberries & Mint
Blueberry benefits: Lowers cholesterol, prevents bladder infections, promotes bowel movement, has anti-inflammatory properties.
Mint benefits: helps improve digestion, treats headaches and nausea, reduces depression, helps reduce stress, improves mental awareness and focus.
If you’re stuck at work and need a mental boost, this fruit combo will save the day! It recharges your brain and will reduce any stress you might be under.
6. Cinnamon & Ginger
Cinnamon benefits: High source of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts the immune system, works as a natural breath freshener, helps with digestion, helps with weight loss.
Ginger benefits: Treats nausea, has anti-inflammatory purposes, helps chronic indigestion, fights infections, energizes the body
You’ll love this combination even during the cold winter days — it’s perfect for any time of year due to how effective it is at helping detox your body and increase your metabolism.
7. Tomato & Basil
Basil benefits: Helps detoxify your system, is a high source of antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, works well for anti-stress, boosts the immune system.
Tomato benefits: Reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, an amazing source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K
Once you’ve tried all the fruity combinations, here’s a slightly different alternative to infused water — but equally as beneficial to your health! This combo is extremely nourishing for both your body and mind.
We hope you’ll find your new summer drink on this list and take your hydration game to the next level! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below.