Here's the truth: I'm lousy at drinking water. More often than not, I come to this realization too late in the evening and face the dilemma between further dehydration or a restless night of bathroom trips (life is so hard sometimes). But, I can't shake the feeling that I'm not alone on this one.
Oh right, my husband is also a soda fiend.
So over the past month, we both took on SodaStream's Drink Water Better Challenge and swapped out every other beverage option with sparkling water.
Water is essential to your health. It helps maintain your body temperature, cushion your joints, transport oxygen and nutrients, and helps remove waste in your body. Water helps us perform better and think better. Yet, 52% of Canadians surveyed report drinking an average of only 5 cups of water per day.
The result since we got the SodaStream? Our water intake has increased to an average of 7-9 cups per day (from 5-6 cups) and I cannot, for the life of me, stop putting stuff in my water. I love adding fruits, herbs and sometimes a natural sweetener like honey to water or sparkling water made with the SodaStream. If you're a sucker for soft drinks, this trick will reduce your cravings for sugary and high-calorie soda pops (as per aforementioned soda pop-loving spouse).
Here are our 5 favourite fruit infusions to help make water taste better and up your daily intake.
1. Thyme + Grapefruit
A major source of Vitamin C and antioxidant lycopene, grapefruit adds a sweet and tangy flavour to your water. Be sure to throw in juicy chunks and a squeeze for extra grapefruit goodness. A few sprigs of thyme help boost the fragrance :)
2. Lemon Strawberry
Ranked among the top 50 antioxidant sources, strawberries also have major cardiovascular, blood sugar and anti-inflammatory benefits. Slices and a good squeeze of lemon add a kick of citrus and blast of vitamin C.
3. Blueberry, Ginger + Lime
Sweet but low on the glycemic index, blueberries up the prettiness of your drink by 100x. Crush the berries first for extra flavour. Slice or mince ginger for some added gastrointestinal relief.
4. Cherry Pineapple Honey
Take the end of a spatula and crush your fruit to release more flavour. Sweet, low-calorie and a rich source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Cherry season in Ontario is right around the corner! Add a bit of honey if the cherries and pineapples are too tart.
5. Blueberry Mandarin
Lastly, here's another recipe you can crush with that handy spatula. Fizzy, sweet and citrusy with delicious chunks you can eat along the way. If you're infusing with water, let it "marinate" in the fridge overnight for some major flavour.
Click here for more simple facts and tips on figuring out how much you should be drinking and how to know when you're not drinking enough. Stay happy and hydrated this summer!