In preparation for summer and as temperatures rise, it’s important to avoid dehydration. Admittedly, water can be a bit boring, so instead of gulping down a plain glass, increase your intake with a few fun and beneficial additions.
“Lemon and grapefruit are chock-full of vitamin C and have cleansing properties for the liver and kidneys, while cucumber aids to soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines,” says Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, founder and master instructor at Elements Fitness Studio, who suggests enhancing water with natural fruits.
Here are four ways to make drinking H2O more enjoyable.
Fruit juice is yummy, but it can be heavy on sugar and calories. Lightly sweetened with sugar (only 40 calories per serving), SodaStream Naturals drink mixes make it easy to add flavors like Apple Peach, Cranberry Raspberry, Fresh Lemon, Green Tea Lychee, Kiwi Pear and Passion Fruit Mango to your carbonated (or non-carbonated) water. It’s free of preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring to boot. ($7.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond)
Carrington Farms Organic Chia Seeds
Seeds aren’t just for planting flowers. For a mild, nutty flavor, adding heart-healthy chia seeds is a simple way to spruce up water. They’re chocked full of omega-3s and calcium (more than milk), in addition to antioxidants, which ward off inflammation. The supplement can be taken daily and is gluten-free. ($22.99 at Carringtonfarms.com)
Sparkle Collagen Peptide Supplement
With this citrus-flavored powder, one scoop provides protein and vitamin C, proven to increase collagen and elasticity of the skin. Taking it once daily for four weeks will enable a younger-looking complexion. The low-calorie (18 per serving) enhancement is made with Stevia, for a hint of sweetness. ($38.50 at sparklecollagen.com)
Sibu Beauty Omega 7 100% Organic Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil
Oil and water usually don’t mix--until now. Adding the citrusy, tangy dose of omega 7 will not only help maintain cholesterol levels, but it benefits skin, hair and nails, too. Drops are taken daily, and the vegan and paraben-free potion also supports mucus membranes in respiratory and urogenital tracts. ($29.95 at Whole Foods Markets)
- What water-enhancers do you love?
- How much water do you drink?
- What's your favorite beverage with health and beauty benefits?