Thursday , December 5 2019

Boost your Health while you Rehydrate

We all know we need to drink more water to perform at our best, especially when we’re working out. But, let’s admit it, sometimes getting through that bottle of H2O can be a struggle, and it’s tempting to reach for a sweet, sparkling drink to liven things up. However, there’s a better way to satisfy your taste buds that will improve your wellbeing while you rehydrate. Simply adding herbs, fruits and spices to your water not only transforms the flavour but brings a glassful of benefits for your body. ‘It introduces a host of health benefits, from helping with digestion and metabolism (aiding weight management), to providing vital nutrients to nurture the immune system,’ says Georgina Davies author of new book Infused Waters (Hardie Grant, £12.99). Here are three of her recipes to try today.

PINEAPPLE & CUCUMBER

Pineapple is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants to support your immune system. Cucumber is super-hydrating and boosts the skin.

  • ½ a pineapple
  • ½ a cucumber
  • 5 cups of sparkling water
  • Ice, optional

1- Remove the skin and chop the pineapple into small chunks. Place in a large jug.

2- Using a peeler, slice the cucumber lengthways into ribbons and add to the pineapple. Fill the jug with the sparkling water and leave to infuse in the fridge for at least two hours.

3- Serve with a ribbon of cucumber and some pineapple in each glass.

PINK GRAPEFRUIT & ROSEMARY

As well as being packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, grapefruit is also thought to help aid weight management. Rosemary boosts your circulation and focus.

  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 6 sprigs of rosemary, plus extra for serving
  • 5 cups of water
  • Ice, optional

1- Finely zest the grapefruit and sprinkle into a large jug with the sprigs of rosemary.

2- Cut the grapefruit into wedges and add it to the jug.

3- Fill the jug with the cold water and leave to infuse in the fridge for at least two hours. 4 Serve with a sprig of rosemary in each glass.

STRAWBERRY & THYME

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, which is needed after exercise. Thyme helps improve your digestion.

  • 10 strawberries
  • 5 sprigs of thyme, plus extra for serving
  • 5 cups of water

1- Hull and half the strawberries and pop them in a large jug.

2- Lightly crush the thyme sprigs in your hands to release their fragrance and oils, then place them in the jug alongside the halved strawberries.

3- Add the cold water and leave to infuse in the fridge for at least two hours. 4 Serve each glass with a fresh sprig of thyme.

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