Vitamin infused water
A little creativity can bring water drinking up to a whole ‘nother tasty level and it’s ridiculously simple and quick to do. I see so many clients that struggle to drink enough water daily, either they just forget or they think water tastes dull! To solve this hydrating conundrum I use fruits, aromatic herbs, veggies and spices to naturally flavour water without any artificial nasties.
Water makes up more than 70% of your body‘s mass and all areas of your health pivot on it being kept at this level. Water helps to transport oxygen around your body keeping you energized, it regulates your body temperature, cushions your joint, helps clear toxins from your body whilst delivering nutrients throughout your body to where they are needed to power all the billions of reactions in your body which rely on vitamins and minerals to happen efficiently.
In terms of the amount of water you should aim for, 8 glasses of water gets banded around a lot but this is very unspecific since glass sizes very so hugely! For a simple formula, aim for between 2-3 litres and you can’t go wrong. If you’re after a more precise calculation, then take your weight in kilos and divide it by 30 and this is the number of litres you should be drinking daily. So if you’re a 9st/57kg/126 pound lady you would divide 57 by 30, which means you would need to drink 1.7 litres daily. This figure doesn’t take into account any exercise you might be doing that day or the climate so if it’s a sunny day and you’re doing a workout you’ll need to step it up a notch. To work out how much water your body has lost during training, weigh yourself before and after exercise. For every kilogram lost, a litre of water is lost so drink that little bit extra.
There are a lot of ‘natural’ vitamin waters on the supermarket shelves which are infused with ‘vitamins’, ‘fruit flavourings’ or others inventive concepts, but most of them are riddled with preservatives, artificial colourings, sodium, dextrose, sucralose and other refined sugars which are not the kinds of things you want to put into your body on a constant basis, especially not now you have a better alternative which tastes so much better and is far cheaper to get your hands on.
I like to use whatever fruits, veggies or herbs I have in my fridge as they all offer their own distinct flavours and nutritional goodies but I have listed the types of ingredients I use so you can get experimenting like I did. I have also given you a handful of my favourite tried and tested combinations for you to start your jazzed up water journey with confidence right away.
- Herbs: Lavender, mint, rosemary, thyme, sage
- For a citrus touch: Lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges
- Summer reminder: strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries (I like to stock up in the summer and keep them stored in my freezer so I have a year round supply of summer berry infused water in the winter months)
- Tropical burst: kiwi, mango, pineapple, watermelon
- Veggies: cucumber, celery, beetroot
- Spices: ginger, cinnamon stick
- Other winners: apples, pear, grapes, rose hips
Use the above ingredients as your pic n mix store and mix and match them to make up your own water flavour. If you come up with a winning combination then share it on the form below for all to see and enjoy and hashtag your creation with #JessipesRecipe
My all time favourite combinations:
- Lemon and ginger
- Cucumber and crushed lime
- Crushed blueberries and mint
- Watermelon and mint/ rosemary
- Strawberries, cucumber and rosemary
- Choose your fruit/ vegetable/ spice/ herb combination and cut your ingredients up so they fit through the neck of your glass jar/ water jug/ bottle.
- Gently squeeze or mash the fruit and the leaves of your herbs to help the natural oils, extracts and flavour be later released into your water
- Add water and your chosen fruits, vegetables or herbs into your glass jar/ water container
- Either drink it right away or store in the fridge overnight to sip throughout the day
- Once you’ve finished the water, top it up again to continue enjoying the subtle flavours
- Mix your ingredients the night before and leave the flavours and nutrients to diffuse whilst you sleep
- Squish your fruits with the back of a wooden spoon to allow the nutrients and flavour to ooze into your water
- Rub any herb leaves in the palms of your hand so that the oils get released
- Once you have finished your water, you can either eat the leftover fruits and veggies or simply top up your water and allow the mixture to diffuse all over again
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