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Water: the elixir of life

A major percentage of the human body is water, and the benefits of water are innumerable.

To name a few:It helps regulate the body temperature and keep blood pressure downIt helps keep the skin and the body hydratedIt helps the digestive system process; it helps in absorbing the nutrients and expelling the toxinsIt helps in the functioning of the brainIt helps keep our joints lubricated

I could go on forever, but in short water helps the entire body, either directly or indirectly, in all its functions.

Just as drinking water is beneficial, not drinking enough water can have adverse effects. Headaches, indigestion, constipation, and fatigue are common symptoms for people who need more water in their daily routine.

The majority of us do not drink the required amount of water, which is 8-10 eight ounce glasses per day. You should drink even more than that if you are involved in sports and outdoor activities. Sadly, most of us drink only half that amount! Why!? When it is the most accessible drink, available free of charge 24/7, why not make the most of it?

I think one of the reasons is because water by itself does not have any taste. We are so used to eating and drinking food items and drinks with flavor. So how about overcoming that hurdle and making water tasty without adding any harmful chemicals?

This leads us to flavored water, not the kind that is sold in various stores, but good and healthy flavored water made in your home. It can suddenly become a pleasure to drink the required amount of water.

Here are some ideas for flavoring water. Feel free to interchange and experiment with your own flavors too, as long as it helps you hydrate!

Apple-Cinnamon WaterTake a gallon pitcher and fill it with waterSqueeze some lemon juice into the waterAdd sliced apples, cinnamon sticks and 2-3 sprigs of mintLeave it to seep for an hourDrink it cold or room temperature, throughout the day

Lavender-Mint WaterTake two cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of dried lavender to it and boilWhen it has cooled down add it to a gallon of water (or less depending on your taste)Squeeze in lemon juice to tasteAdd a few sprigs of mint leavesYour refreshing lavender-mint water is ready for the day.

Water Berries Mash ½ cup of your favorite berries in a bowlSqueeze juice of ½ a lemon into it and mixAdd this solution to water according to tasteMix in 1/8 teaspoon saltAdd some whole berries as a garnishEnjoy your water berries on a nice warm day.

Lemongrass Ginger ElixirGrate fresh ginger and squeeze out 1 tablespoon of juiceWash and cut lemongrass leaves and boil them in two cups of water for three minutesCool and add the lemongrass water to your drinking water with the ginger juice, according to tasteAdd a pinch of salt.Lemongrass and ginger are said to be helpful for people with allergies and colds.

Green TemptationSlice 1-2 cucumbersWash 2-3 sprigs of rosemaryWash 3-4 sprigs of thymeWash 3-4 sprigs of mintSlice 1 limeAdd all of this to a pitcher of water and mix.The cucumbers and herbs give a refreshing touch to this water.

NOTE:Lime or lemon juice is essential to maintain the freshness of the ingredients in the water.The reason ingredients are added “to taste” is because the desired strength of flavor differs from person to person.Salt and sugar can be added to any of the waters according to taste. Make sure to keep your health requirements in mind though.

Don’t forget to share your experiments via email at cookingetc@gmail.com

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