Infused Water

Watermelon Infused Water by Cynthia Bergsbaken Photography.



With all the summer fun of July, we also have the heat which can be harsh on our bodies.  Our bodies need enough water to function correctly.  Letting ourselves become dehydrated in the summer heat could provide us with the experience of “Heat Stroke”.
To figure out how much water we need, “Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield” suggests using this formula.  Multiply your weight by .55.  This will give you the ounces/day to drink.  When it is hot outside or you’re exercising, multiply your weight by .66 to find out the ounces/day.  For example, if I weighed 150 pounds and it’s an average day for temperature, I would multiply 150 x .50= 75 ounces/day of water I need to drink.
  
Whenever you find yourself thirsty, drink.  If you think you’re hungry, focus on your stomach to make sure it is hunger and not thirst.  Sometimes, we confuse these two.  We think we are hungry, but it is really thirst.

At times, we get bored with the same old/ water flavor. 
For a change of pace and great tasting water, try infusing your water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs/spices.  Not only does it give it an awesome flavor with out calories, but we are adding minute amount of nutrients.

My favorite infused water for a hot day is Cucumber/Peppermint water.  Fill a glass pitcher with 2 quarts of water.  Thinly slice a half of cucumber and add to water. Then I add 1-2 fresh sprigs of bruised Peppermint leaves. I bruise mine by crumpling them up in my palm.   I’ll do this the night before I want to drink it or I’ll make it before going to work so when I get home, I have cold, flavored water to drink.

I have made citrus infused water, where you thinly slice Oranges, Lemons, and Limes. 
I have made citrus/strawberry water, where you thinly slice Lemon, Orange, Limes, and use half Strawberries.
Plain Peppermint infused water is also good and refreshing. 
Orange and Cilantro infused water and Watermelon-Peppermint water would be good.

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The sky is the limit when it comes to flavors.

Always use fresh, clean herbs/spices and fresh, clean fruits/vegetables.  I will use diluted dish soap and rub it on my fruits/vegetables to take off dirt, bacteria, fruit wax and pesticides

By making your own infused water, you save money, you have a high-quality product, and it’s super easy to make.

Provide yourself with enough water every day!  And why not make the water spectacular tasting.  Have fun with it and enjoy.

By Cynthia Bergsbaken of Reiki in the Prairie LLC
Written for the Perceptive Blogger
July 8, 2019

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