A re-post from last year, but I’m sitting here with a headache from not drinking enough water and thought I’m probably not the only one feeling parched today. Courtesy of fitbie.com, hope you’ll find it useful!
In case your head doesn’t hurt from being beaten over it with this information, here it is again: Water’s pretty good for you. It stokes your metabolism so you burn more calories all day. It helps you stay energized, keeps you regular, and can improve your skin. If you replace just one caloric beverage with water each day, you can lose more than 20 pounds in a year without doing anything else. But here’s the thing: Water can also be…well, boring. Consider that problem solved: Before you swap a tall glass for a 20-ounce bottle of something sugary (or even a stuffed-with-chemicals diet option), try these quick fixes to add taste and extra nutrients to the stuff from the tap.
Add a spa-worthy slice: Day spas and high-end salons have taken to filling their pitchers with slices you’d usually see resting on eyelids: piles of bright green cucumber . And with good reason. The resulting flavor is refreshing, and refreshingly different. And it may help you in the bedroom: The scent of cucumber has been found to increase vaginal blood flow in women by up to 13 percent, increasing libido.
Make yourself feel bubbly: Grab a bottle of sparkling water for the bubbly feeling of a soft drink without the calories. If it’s too bland, add a twist of lime or a splash of sugar-free fruit juice, says David Jack, director of Teamworks Fitness in Acton, MA . I love this with cranberry or pomegranate juice, Jack says. You can add a few dashes of each of those, and maybe a bit of lemon, lime, or orange rind. Try different combinations to keep things interesting, or to find your signature seltzer refresher.
Make it sassy: As part of the best-selling Flat Belly Diet, dieters stay hydrated with this stomach-soothing recipe for Sassy Water. It combines fresh ginger, cucumber, lemon, and spearmint for a belly-pleasing (and slimming) cocktail.
2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups)
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves.
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.