Stay Hydrated: Drink More Water

During the summer it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated and nothing beats a tall glass of water. While beverages like coffee, frappuccinos, and soda are tasty, they can work against you in more than one way. Aside from the high amounts of sugar that are obviously bad for your health, caffeine is actually dehydrating, defeating the whole purpose of replenishing your body.

For some, drinking enough water can be a boring chore. With this list by your side, you won’t have to worry about that being a problem.

Infused Water Recipes

So why infused water and not juice? Well, even juices without added sugars have a lot of natural sugar, which can cause an insulin spike and crash later.Infused water has significantly less sugar, also making the taste lighter and more refreshing. Since the taste isn’t overbearing, it’s easy to drink lots of it which is the goal for proper hydration!

Berry, Peach & Coconut

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Photo courtesy of A Harmony Healing

Stay hydrated with this natural energy booster! Skip the sugar-laden sodas and energy drinks for this delicious, healthy mid-day pick-me-up. This recipe uses unsweetened coconut water, berries, and peaches. A couple drops of wild orange essential oil is an optional addition for added flavor and aroma.

Blueberry & Orange

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Blueberries are an amazing addition to your diet because it’s a powerful antioxidant. The pairing of blueberries and mandarin oranges is the perfect summer refresher, and it’s so simple to make your own at home!

Raspberry, Rose Petal & Vanilla

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If you want to get a little fancy in the kitchen, try experimenting with this infused drink! The ingredients are steeped in the fridge for 24 hours and then the fruit and petals are strained out before drinking. It’s as tasty as it is pretty.

 

Detox Water Recipes

Strawberry, Basil & Cucumber

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So refreshing, so good. This detox water recipe can help you slim down by curbing your appetite. The basil in this infused water helps curb appetite, settle upset tummies, and helps with fluid retention. Since you’ll want to drink tons of the delicious concoction, it will help keep you fuller in between meals and hydrated.

Apple Cinnamon

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This detox water recipe has so many benefits, and the apple cinnamon combination will have you lusting for the fall season. The apple helps flush toxins and boosts the immune system, and the cinnamon helps speed up metabolism and aids in digestion. This is the perfect pitcher to keep in the fridge at all times.

 

Hydration Tips to Remember

Now that you have a new arsenal of infused and detox water recipes to try out, keep in mind these simple hydration tips to keep you going through the summer:

  • Aim to drink half your body weight in fluid ounces. For example, a 120 pound person should aim for 60 ounces of water daily.
  • Try gradually swapping out juices, sodas, and energy drink for infused water. Premake a pitcher or multiple bottles for when you’re on the go!
  • Mark notches on your water bottle with a sharpie to remind yourself how much you have to drink by certain times of the day. Here’s an easy tutorial.
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