Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water

Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly.

Even with this knowledge, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer, when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical.

water and limeThose who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk.

Having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass.

If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.

What about quality? Some people like bottled water, while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body.

If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, raspberries, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting, or to jazz up your routine.

Also, drinking tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process. So, splash in the waves, swim in the sun, drink plenty of water and enjoy the summer fun!

Sun Tea

IMG_0720Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 24 hours
Yield: 2 liters

Ingredients
3-4 tea bags of your choice
Water
Mint leaves or lemon wedge

Method
Fill an extra-large mason jar with water, add 3 or 4 of your favourite tea bags and cover with lid.
Place in sun for one full day and let the shining rays pour in heat and energy, bringing out the wonderful tea flavors.
Sweeten if so desired with natural sweetener and serve at room temperature or cold over ice.
Garnish with mint leaves or lemon wedge.

Ginger-ade

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 24 hours
Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
1 pound fresh ginger root
2 quarts water
juice of 2 limes
maple syrup or honey to taste

Method
Thinly peel the fresh ginger, grate and mix with water in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Cover the pan and turn off the heat; leave for 24 hours.
Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
Add the lime juice and maple syrup or honey. Stir until dissolved. Serve chilled.

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