Hydration is not just a summertime concern. During the cold months, your body makes you think it isn’t thirsty, when it really is. Your sweat simply evaporates quicker in cool weather. Be cautious all year long and drink more H2O.
But if you just don’t like the taste of bland, but refreshing, H2O enough to get your 64 ounces in a day, try another strategy — fruit and vegetable-infused agua. Here are 10 ways you can spice up a glass of water to not only give it a bit a flavor, but boost your nutrient intake and make it pretty, too.
Lemon, Lime & Orange
This citrus blend is all about the vitamin C. If you feel a cold coming on, or want a boost of energy, start your morning off with this mix.
Aloe & Mint
When ingested, aloe works as an antioxidant and reduces plaque on your teeth. Add some mint for a kick, and you’ll be walking away with cleaner teeth and fresher breath.
Rosemary & Cucumber
A little bit of rosemary goes a long way. Add a few sprigs of the pungent herb to increase blood flow and increase concentration. Want to look out for your brain even more? Add some cucumber, which has an anti-inflammatory (fisetin) that plays a role in your brain’s health.
Grapefruit & Strawberry
Time for a full on immunity boost! Everyone loves a good, juicy strawberry. But did you know that strawberries and grapefruit make for the perfect pair? Both are known to boost immunity, and grapefruits can also help to reduce stress.
Blueberry & Mint
Blueberry and mint are classic buddies. Blueberries will provide you with fiber (don’t forget to munch on them after you finish your drink), while mint is great in aiding digestion. In case you’re…backed up? This one’s for you!
Carrots & Orange
Meet your new youth elixir! While carrots are known to improve vision and reduce signs of aging, oranges are also known to protect your vision and your skin as they contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant which protects your cells from damage.
Apple & Raspberry
Pair red apples with your raspberries for a delightful looking drink. The apples work to prevent your blood sugar from spiking, while the berries are a great source of dietary fiber and a natural antioxidant.
Kiwi & Ginger
Talk about sweet and spicy! Kiwis may be small, but they are sweet and packed with loads of vitamin C. Ginger will add a unique fragrance and settle your stomach if you’re feeling nauseous.
Strawberry, Watermelon & Celery
This summer blend is full of antioxidants thanks to the celery, believe it or not, the strawberries, and the skin-smoothing vitamin A in the watermelon.
Lavender & Lemon
Just making this drink will sweep a wave of calm over you when you smell the lavender. Use lavender in herb form, and talk to your doctor before ingesting any type of oil. Lemon will add a citrus twist and spike your drink with vitamin C and antioxidants.
P.S. These are great alternatives for when you have the kids in tow instead of a sugar-filled juice box or soda. If need be, add a natural sweetener, like honey.
Deja Leonard is a freelance writer and a lover of all things active. This Canadian has played almost any sport you can name and is always up for an adventure! Check out her Twitter @dejaleonard3.