If you’re going to pick up something to sip during the day, the best way to go is a bottle of water. After all, water does great things for your body, including your skin.
According to Kaiser Permanente, water is the best choice for keeping hydrated because it’s free and has no sugar or calories. Kaiser recommends having a glass of water first thing in the morning and keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Drinking water helps your body flush wastes and even keep at the right temperature. When it comes to beauty, water helps keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, something that can help fight flakes and wrinkles.
But, still, there is often the lure of the fizz from a soda can or the sweet mouth-feel of one of the many bottled juices you can find in the supermarket. When you want something a little more tempting than plain water, infusing it with fruit or herbs can do the trick.
Infused water can give you the hydration you need with a little added flavor. Try out some of my favorite combinations with filtered tap water or, for some added pizzazz, some sparkling water:
* Sliced cucumber and fresh peppermint leaves
* Sliced lemon, lime or orange (or all three!)
* Blueberries and blackberries with lavender
* Lemon verbena and peppermint
* Sliced grapefruit and rosemary
* Chunks of watermelon and fresh basil leaves
Recipes usually need about four hours of soaking time, but can be mixed and kept in the refrigerator overnight for full flavor the next day. You can use an infuser or strainer to avoid herbs and fruit chunks floating around in your water.
And feel free to experiment with new flavors you might enjoy, such as adding in green or red rooibos tea to some of these combinations. I’d love to hear some of your favorites!