We all know the importance of maintaining our hydration levels – they keep us alert, healthy, and happy. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to remember to hit our water targets, and keep sipping that neglected glass of water perched upon our desks. Today, we’re sharing some of our top tips for revitalising your hydration, and refreshing your body!
The natural kick
First on your shopping list? Simple, old fashioned, fruit! Try slices of citrus fruit in a cool glass of water for a tangy kick. You can also use frozen fruit, such as raspberries, as alternatives to ice cubes – just take care not to accidentally consume any as they melt!
Our favourite recipe for fruit flavoured water is the classic Sangria water. This merely involves steeping slices of lemon, lime, peaches, oranges, and pineapple in a jug of water for several hours, before adding ice and serving.
Time for tea
Whilst, traditionally, we may be accustomed to thinking of tea as piping hot and milky, iced or cold brew tea can be a fantastic way to alternate our water allowances. However, it’s a slightly different process to the usual kettle and milk routine. You can either steep your herbal or fruit tea bags in a cup for half an hour, or make a larger volume of iced tea, by steeping good quality black tea bags in simmering water, adding in slices of lemon or orange, and storing in the refrigerator or freezer for several hours, before pouring over ice.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to infuse your water with real fruit, there are lots of quick and alternative solutions available in the supermarket. Using squash or high juice is straightforward, but can be high in artificial flavourings, sweeteners, and sugar. However, there is an increasing water additions market in the UK and in Europe. You can utilise products such as Vitstix, which adds vitamins to your water, without artificial colours or flavourings.
You can also elect to purchase pre-bottled flavoured water, such as Volvic’s A Touch of Fruit, and Lucozade’s FitWater, however, these can come with a hefty price tag. Often, you can find the same vitamins and flavourings in effervescent tablets that can be found in the pharmacy department of your local supermarket.