Boost your hydration with these 3 easy recipes

Drinking water can be a challenge for some people, yet it’s the most important thing to do to live a healthier life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water plays many roles in your body, including maintaining electrolyte balance and blood pressure, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature and promoting cell health

Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluid from the foods you eat. According to Self, a health portal, one sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: eat your H2O.

Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), baby marrow (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).

With most parts of South Africa warming up in spring, hydrating is a must. Adding fresh fruit, herbs and some kinds of vegetables to water gives it flavour.

Here are three infused water recipes to try.

For all recipes:

5 cups water

1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Option 1:

Strawberry, basil and lemon

½ cup strawberries, stemmed and sliced, fresh or frozen

5 large fresh basil leaves, torn

1 lemon, thinly sliced

Option 2:

Honeydew, cucumber and mint

½ cup honeydew cubes

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

10 fresh mint leaves, torn

Option 3:

Watermelon, kiwi, and lime

1 cup watermelon cubes

1 kiwi, diced or cut into circles

1 lime, sliced into circles

Infused water is best 2 to 4 hours after you’ve made it. Or you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipes : Culinary Hill