Some of my friends just don’t like drinking their H2O. Some people can only drink water if it is icy-cold… for others, it has to be cool but not room-temperature… and I’ve known quite a few people who say that they “just don’t like the taste” of water.
All preferences aside, our bodies need to get hydration from somewhere. Although many animals (I’m looking at you, Dromedary) can go for a while without taking a drink, we humans aren’t prepared to store all the water we need.
H2O and You
You may have heard reminders about drinking water, during our current heat wave. You especially need to stay hydrated if you:
- Work outside or spend time in the sun
- Have a strenuous occupation
- Have diabetes or heart disease
- Are taking any kind of medications that cause frequent urination
- Are frequently exercising
- Perspire heavily
These are just some examples.
How to make hydration more appealing
Technology has made it easier to keep a cold drink chilled! Tervis cups (or similar brands) are a great invention. They come in many different sizes, you can get a cup sporting the logo of your favorite team, and although they’re not perfect, they do seem to keep a beverage cool longer than a regular cup.
Reusable water bottles (stainless steel or otherwise) are easy to find in stores nowadays. Part of their appeal is that they’re environmentally friendly, as compared to single-use plastic water bottles. And if you set a goal to drink a certain number of refills per day, that can help you to keep track of your own water intake.
[Reaching over, grabbing my Tervis cup, and telling myself to follow my own advice]… If you’re engaged in a task, such as writing a blog post, you could set a goal to take a drink of water after each paragraph 🙂
But here’s the fun part: Create your own Spa Water!
It’s not just limited to pitchers of cucumber H2O anymore. There are all different refreshing combinations that you can try. (Not to mention, many local fruits and berries are at their peak season right now!)
Check out these ideas from some fancy-schmancy spas across the country:
- Watermelon, lightly-crushed blackberries, mint leaves, and halved strawberries
- Lemon, lime, and orange
- Lemon and cucumber
- Cucumber, orange, and basil
- Cucumber, lemon, and mint
- Mint and lime (“spa mojito”)
- Mint leaves, lemon slices, and green apples
- Mandarin orange and blueberries
- Strawberries, lime, and cucumber
…or create your own special blend of spa waters!
It’s a simple formula:
Choose your fruits and/or veggies, and grab a pitcher of water (tap? bottled? filtered? sparkling?)… Let the flavors infuse your water, pour over ice… and enjoy. Now that’s something in the water!