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Trying to stay hydrated but tired of drinking plain water? Try infused water
You’ve probably heard that you need about eight glasses of water a day for adequate hydration, and good hydration is essential for effective migraine prevention. According to Dr. Richard B. Lipton, Director of Montefiore Headache Center in New York, and Chair of Neurology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, “good hydration is always important; dehydration is a [migraine] trigger for many people. There are lots of health benefits to good hydration. Probably the best thing to drink is water, and I think many of us don’t drink enough.” That’s where infused water comes in.
Unlike the Dos Equis Man, we’re not trying to “Stay Thirsty” — we’re trying to “Stay Hydrated, My Friends.” Drinking water and even eating watery foods like melon, greens, fruits and vegetables has enormous health benefits, including warding off fatigue. But perhaps the most important belly benefit of proper hydration is how it helps maintain your body’s proper fluid balance and guard against water retention. It also helps prevent constipation, which can cause bloating.
Eight glasses of water is just a guideline; everyone’s fluid needs vary according to activity level and body. But eight is a good starting point. All fluids (and water-packed foods), including infused water, count toward your overall fluid intake.
This recipe is called Sassy Water, in honor of its creator, former Prevention nutrition director Cynthia Sass, and because it’s a heck of a lot more perky than plain old water. But the ingredients aren’t just for flavor; the ginger also helps calm and soothe your GI tract.
The combination of ingredients like ginger, cucumber, lemon and spearmint transforms ordinary water into infused water that can help promote good digestion and do wonders for your overall health.
Infused Water Recipe
Makes 1 pitcher
- 8 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 medium cucumber, sliced thin
- 1 medium lemon, sliced thin but not peeled
- 12 leaves spearmint
- Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Strain water.
- Drink all 8 1/2 cups during the day.
Benefits of Sassy Water
This water recipe was developed for the Flat Belly Diet, because it helps reduce bloating. What does each ingredient do?
Lemon and lemon water are perfect for the weight loss process. Lemon is a natural diuretic and it is an alkaline food which provides proper pH balance.
Cucumber is a nutritive diuretic. It contains a protein-digesting enzyme and erepsin, which can facilitate healthy weight loss.
Mint. It is well-known after calming effect on your stomach. It also helps you to improve digestion. Some say that it is good for your nerve system to inhale this relaxing aroma.
Ginger is one of the most impressive ingredients in this recipe. It has a marvelous smell and taste and conveys many healthy benefits. Ginger is very useful for calming down your gastrointestinal tract and it is a proven cancer fighter.
Interested in more variations of infused wter? The possibilities are nearly unlimited. We like Peach Pie, Sweet-Tart, Slightly Spicy and more, all this link from Prevention.
Comments? Do you have any favorite infused recipes to stay hydrated?