Lemon Mint Water
Water. It’s something we all need to drink more of. Our bodies are mostly water. We will die without water, far earlier than we will die without food. And yet, the thought of downing 6 to 8 cups of water a day, every day, can be daunting. So how do we keep hydrated without getting bored?
There are lots of tricks we can use to help us to drink more water. With ice, without ice, with flavourings: powdered or concentrated liquids, or plain, hot, cold, sweetened, or not; the list goes on. One trick that I like a lot is the simple addition of fruit pieces. Squeeze a slice of lemon or lime into your ice water, and it transforms the taste of the water. Or float cucumber slices in your water. You get just a hint of the flavour of the cucumber, but much of the benefits. Herbs also add flavour and interest without adding calories or harmful chemicals.
The website for Healthy Holistic Living does a good job of listing the benefits of Lemon, Cucumber and Mint:
- Lemon: Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body. Add one thinly sliced lemon to a large pitcher, or squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass. Lemon also aides in digestion and boosts your immune system.
- Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion.
- Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent rehydration, and cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Use all, or choose only one of two of these additions to your water, and reap the benefits of your health. Once in awhile, I like to add a teaspoon of Splenda to my lemon water. It’s not really sweet, but is reminiscent of lemonade. I grow fresh mint in my garden easily, and so have a limitless supply of mint for my summer water. If you don’t have a garden, mint is readily available in your local grocery store.
Use as much or as little of the additions as you like. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
I pick two whole branches of mint, and roll the mint between my hands to bruise the leaves, which brings out the oils and the flavour. Add the whole branches to the water.
Add a couple of thick slices of lemon. I like to squeeze the juice from the lemon before adding it. Or, you can thinly slice a whole lemon and add to the water without squeezing. It’s your choice. I decided to add a teaspoon of Splenda to this batch. Give it a good shake, and store in the fridge. It’s best for the first day. The second day it’s ok too, but throw out any that lasts longer than the third day. But you will try to drink one of these every day. It’s good for you, and it tastes good. And looks pretty too. When you tire of this, then add some cucumber. Mix up your additives, and even try different fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, or peaches. Whatever you need to drink your water.
Drink up, and be healthy!