We all know that staying hydrated is important
, but if the idea of sipping eight to ten glasses of plain water slowly through the day seems a little boring and unappealing, then fret not. Here a few of our favourite ways to keep our water levels high this season.
1. Add a dash of flavour
A splash of cordial or a squeeze of lemon or lime will instantly pep up a plain glass of water – see our homemade elderflower recipe for inspiration. If you want to avoid the sugar, add some grated citrus zest or mint leaves for a tasty twist.
2. Cool cubes
Fill your glass with plenty of ice cubes for extra refreshing rehydration – you may even burn a few calories from the energy you spend warming your intake back up to body temperature! We love to pick a few edible blooms such as borage or pansies and freeze in water in ice-cube trays ready to jolly up a glass or jug.
3. Just add water
Many of us enjoy a freshly squeezed glass of juice every day, but rarely consider adding water to dilute it. This is an easy way to squeeze in another half a glass of water into your daily routine and particularly useful with young children, and you’ll hardly notice the difference in flavour.
4. Tea time
If you’re not yearning for a cool drink, try making your own homemade teas. Simply place a few sprigs of fresh herbs such as fennel or peppermint, a slice or two of ginger root or a stick of cinnamon into a mug, and pour on just boiled water. Leave to infuse for a few minutes, remove your herbs and enjoy a deliciously and delicately flavoured cuppa.
5. Eat juicy foods
While not a perfect substitute for a glass of water, don’t forget that certain foods such as cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, grapes and courgettes have a particularly high water content, so eating plenty of these watery foods will help keep your hydration levels topped up.