With the heat turning up, and summer just around the bend, I figured a little post about water would be a good idea. I am personally a HUGE fan of water and drinking loads of it, about 2 liters a day actually. I would actually have to say it is my favorite beverage, I am really not a flavored beverage type of gal, and I think things like milk and juice are disgusting really. But anyways I digress.
Every morning when I wake up the first thing I do, besides hitting snooze, is chugging back a glass of water. Before brushing my teeth, and before stepping in the shower I drink an 8oz glass of water on an empty stomach.
Sometimes if I am feeling extremely organized I will make some lemon water the night before so I have it easily accessible for my morning drink, or if I am extremely motivated in the morning I will sometimes go down to the kitchen and make myself a warm glass of lemon water. But really most of the time it is a plain old glass of unflavored water.
I have always had a glass of water beside my bed for drinking when I wake up in the middle of the night, but about a year ago I became much more diligent when it came to my wake-up 8oz glass of water. I had read that it is supposed to help kick start your body in the morning, help balance out your internal ph, and help cleanse you out, and this is on top of waters amazing capacity to hydrate you and keep you healthy.
I am personally pretty interested in holistic and natural medicines, so hearing all these wonderful things about water makes me happy, and keeps me motivated to keep chugging (by chugging I really mean sipping throughout the day) it back.
Since getting serious about drinking water in the mornings I have noticed a few things:
- I tend to wake up faster, requiring much less caffeine.
- My skin isn’t as dry (this could also be attributed to the increase to 2 liters of water per day), but one way or another I rarely use moisturizer anymore and before it was a daily regiment.
- Things keep on movin’ on my insides. Gross I know but it is important for a healthy body.
- I feel way more energized.
The other day I had a great idea of making up a batch of infused water, seeing it is sometimes fun in the summer months to have a refreshing glass of water with a hint of something, such as mint, lemon, cucumber, or anything else you can think of. When making infused water I use my Bodum ice tea infuser because it has an additional compartment so the flavour elements are just floating around, and they are easy to remove when I am done with them.
Lemon and Mint Infused Water:
1 lemon sliced
5 sprigs of mint leaves
Slice up lemon and place in water jug. Wash mint leaves pat dry and add into jug with lemon. Fill to top with water.
You can either leave the jug of water on the counter over night and then remove the lemon and mint, or place in the fridge. Lemon and mint will stay fresh for 2 days in the fridge, after that you will need to remove it, but by then the water will already taste very much like lemon and mint.