The average human body is about 55-60% water. Water is important for health and general well-being, for maintaining the proper functions of the body (kidneys, blood circulation, skin elasticity).
It’s recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water daily, to get the maximum of benefits such as:
- Good for detox, facilitates sweat and flushes body waste;
- Maintains blood pressure and improves circulation, delivering oxygen to the tissues;
- Water helps improve physical performance, while dehydration reduces the overall body performance, impairs the brain function, generates fatigue, digestive issues, skin problems. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration (water loss of 1-3%) can affect memory and brain function, the energy and mood;
- Prevents kidneys damage and stones formation;
- Water can also help with weight loss, accelerates metabolism and reduces cravings;
- Drinking water can help with constipation – the low water consumption is a risk factor for constipation;
- Water helps prevent and reduce some symptoms of hangover.
- Water is good for your skin – it improves elasticity, reduces wrinkles, prevents pimples and acne, moisturizes.
As some people may find difficult to drink at least 2 liters of liquids daily, there are practical ways to ensure your body gets enough water/liquids to maintain the hydration balance positive and keep your body alkaline.
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With 75% of Americans dehydrated, hydration should become an individual priority. It has an impact on our body, brain, skin, energy and mood.
The result: your well-being increases at cognitive, physical and emotional levels. A hydrated person is healthier and more productive, both at work and at home.
A lemonade, a fresh juice, a smoothie can provide both the necessary hydration and healthy nutrients, antioxidants and minerals to the body.
The fruit infused water brings taste and color to the plain water, while enhancing the detox process.
Cut your favorite fruits of different colors, add mint, mix them to create some fun combinations. Make them both tasty and visually appealing. Leave them in the fridge for up to 1 hour, then shake the bottles to release the fruit flavor, add ice if necessary (especially during summer). Enjoy your flavored water!
The sky’s the limit when it comes to color and taste variety. You can use high antioxidant fruits like berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries) or pomegranate, highly flavored fruits like mango, peach or melon, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) detoxifies, accelerates metabolism and increases weight loss, hydrating vegetables (cucumber), apples, pears, kiwi. You can also add condiments or spices: cinnamon, basil, mint, rosemary, ginger. Finally, add honey according to your taste.
Here are some fruit infused beverage recipes from Pinterest that look both appealing and taste delicious.
You can enjoy your favorite drink at home, in your office or car, or carry it with you in a built-in juicer or bottle.
Pinterest: @VOSS Water
Another way to enjoy your flavored drink (not only water but also tea, cocktails) is to make fruit flavored ice cubes. Especially if you don’t have much time, you can prepare the ice cubes in advance for a week, store them in the fridge and use them as needed.
How to prepare them: In an ice tray place the fruits according to your preferences, fill the tray up with water and keep it in the refrigerator. Keep a variety of ice cubes so that you can diversify. The sky is the limit when it comes to combinations of colors and flavors!
Pinterest: @This Beautiful Day
Pinterest: @The Produce Moms
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Studies and Research:
Top 5 Health Benefits of Drinking Water (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com)
Water and Healthier Drinks (https://www.cdc.gov)
How Much Water Should You Drink? (https://www.health.harvard.edu)
6 Reasons to Drink Water (https://www.webmd.com)
Can You Hydrate Your Way to Healthy Skin? (https://www.everydayhealth.com)