It's heating up out there! Here are some tasty recipes to keep you well hydrated.
Staying hydrated is so important for our health and can keep you looking and feeling your best. Our bodies are two thirds water, that's a lot! We need water for just about every chemical reaction in our bodies. It keeps our skin, joints and eyes lubricated, and helps us flush out waste and toxins from our bodies through our sweat, urine and stool. If you're dehydrated you might have a headache, feel dizzy, have brain fog, feel sleepy, have a dry mouth, produce only a small amount of urine (less than 6 voids a day), constipation, and muscle cramps. What I'm talking about here is mild acute or chronic dehydration, which is easily reversed, not severe dehydration which is life threatening and needs medical attention right away.
This recipe is great when you have extra watermelon laying around like I did this week, or you just want to make a healthy, delicious and beautiful drink.
- 1 small watermelon, cut and rind removed
- 1 cup water
- optional additions: mint, lime juice
Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Store in fridge and enjoy within 5 days.
Cucumber Basil Water
Cucumber itself has cooling properties, be sure to eat the cucumbers at the bottom of your glass! You can add just about any herb to this and it will come out delicious. I also like mint, lavender, rose, thyme, and rosemary.
- 1 quart mason jar
- 1/2 small cucumber sliced thin
- 2 sprigs basil, lightly pat between hands to release essential oils
Combine all ingredients into jar, put on lid and shake to distribute flavors throughout water. Store in fridge and enjoy within 2 days.
The water we drink is meant to have minerals in it from sitting in the earth in natural springs and wells. Today we filter and process our water, it's less vital. One way you can increase the vitality and mineral content of your water is to add minerals back in through salts. Choose high quality sea salts and Himalayan salts.
- 1 glass water
- 1 pinch of salt
Add enough salt so your water tastes sweet and not too salty. If it tastes overly salty then dilute with more water.