The rule of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day no longer applies. Your daily water intake is actually determined by your weight and getting the right amount will assist in weight loss and your overall health. To calculate how many ounces of water you should be drinking, take your weight and multiply that by 2/3 (or 67%). For example, a person weighing 140 pounds should be drinking 94 ounces of water. That’s almost twelve 8-ounce glasses of water!
Sometimes people just don’t like drinking water because it’s plain so they resort to energy drinks and fruit juices for a bit of flavor. Those drinks are typically high in calories and are loaded with sugar or bad ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Plus, you don’t always understand the ingredients or know where they came from. The better health alternative to these sugary drinks is infused water.
Drinking water that’s infused with delicious flavors and added benefits for your health will help you get the amount you need daily. Infused water uses only natural ingredients that are packed with many health benefits depending on the fruit, veggies and herbs you’re using.
Here are a few health benefits when drinking infused water:
- Weight loss
- Burns fat by increasing metabolic rate
- Eases stress through the aromatic properties
- Detoxifies the body by washing away toxins and pollutants
- Curbs cravings and helps keep you fuller longer
- Soothes headaches and migraines brought on by dehydration
- Eases PMS symptoms and cramps
- Improves our overall mood
Infused water tastes best when it’s left to sit for at least one hour before drinking to let the flavors release. If you can’t wait, muddle the fruit with a spoon or poke holes in it with a fork to release the flavors. Muddling leaves such as mint and basil or rubbing them with your fingers before adding them to the water also helps release its natural oils and extracts.
The directions for all these recipes are pretty similar to one another. Just combine all the ingredients together in a pitcher or jar and serve ice cold. The longer you let the infused water to sit, the more intense the flavor will be. I recommend refrigerating it overnight to get the best results. The ingredients are also just a guideline of the unlimited possibilities when infusing water. Add more or less, depending on your taste, and feel free to mix and match any fruit, veggie, spice and herb combination to create your own unique recipe!
Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil
Lemon and basil give water that refreshing taste and strawberries add just the right amount of sweetness.
4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 lemon, sliced
Small handful of basil, scrunched
Water and ice
Recipe via Natasha’s Kitchen