A tasty way to drink more water
Part of being healthy is ensuring that you stay hydrated. Many sources vary but the average is that it is best to drink between 8-10 glasses (or around two litres) of water a day. It always surprises me when I meet or hear of people who do not like drinking water.
The dislike for drinking water is difficult for me to comprehend because I love fresh, filtered cool water. I also think my love and appreciation for water at least partly comes from backpacking in the sierras many, many years ago.
While hiking along this one stretch of switchbacks above the timberline, it was very hot and I had run out of water. The heat and the thirst was taking its toll and I was becoming weak and feeling faint. Just when I thought I could not take any more, it was one more short climb over a pass and there it was...a lovely stream. I have never forgotten that first sip of cold, mountain water and how refreshed I felt afterwards after the experience of dehydration. Water has never tasted as sweet as it did at that moment. All these years later, I still remember the experience of the water flowing through me and rehydrating my body. I also vividly remember the toll dehydration takes on the body. It is very easy to happen, too easy! Even if you are not hiking in the mountains, but just going about your busy day, It is easy to forget to ensure you drink enough water.
And, yes there are people who find the idea of keeping hydrated as more of a nuisance and will wait until they are thirsty to have a drink. Even then, they would prefer to grab a soda, coffee, tea or even beer. But, there is nothing like fresh water - as it is the very best liquid for your internal organs.
So, for those who like water and especially for those who don't, here is a recipe for a tasty and healthy concentrated flavor booster. You can add this to plain water to make it more palatable and help to increase your intake. Not only will it help to keep you hydrated, but lemon and ginger have additional health benefits and are also very alkalizing.
HEALTHY GINGER-LEMON CONCENTRATE
Take a 2-2.5 inch bit of fresh ginger root and chop it very finely, use a chopper if you have one.
Put the chopped ginger into roughly 6-8 ounces of freshly boiled water. Let steep for at least an hour.
Using a strainer, pour the liquid into a jar or bottle that has a cover.
Squeeze the juice of one whole lemon and pour in with the ginger.
Add 2 teaspoons of Stevia sweetener (Truvia or other brand) to the ginger-lemon mix.
Add about 4-5 tablespoons of the ginger-lemon mix to a full pint of fresh cold water to drink!
Keep the remaining concentrate covered in the refrigerator to use throughout the day.