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What’s the skinny on water?

Water Droplet
photo credit: wwarby

Since I was a young adult and started with my first “diet” one thing that was constantly drilled into my head aside from the obvious that eating cake and cookies are a big no no on a “diet” was drink water… And somewhere along the way drinking 8 glasses of water a day became a hard rule with dieting. However, it is not only when we are looking to trim down that we should be thinking about drinking water.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website when asked; “How much should you drink every day?”

It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

So the long and short of it is that your body is a pretty good at letting you know when we need a drink. Are you thirsty? It is probably obvious on summer day when you are sweating in the 90 degree heat you are going to get thirsty.

Ellie Krieger RD shared this in Fine Cooking, “As the weather heats up, it is no coincidence that the fruits and vegetables that are fresh for picking are plump with water-juicy, ripe peaches, plums, and melons, crisp lettuces, succulent tomatoes and cool cucumbers. And the dishes we lean toward, like salads, smoothies, yogurt with fruit, gazpacho and seafood, also contribute to hydration. Surprising, about 20 percent of our total water intake comes from the food we eat.

You’ll get the remaining 80 percent from beverages. Water is best but other drinks count, too.”

So back to our water and drinks…. I am proud to say that I gave up the diet soda a year ago when I began my wellness makeover and have tried to drink as much water as possible. In doing this I have experimented with many “flavors” from a pouch which were commercially produced as well as making concoctions in my kitchen. Turns out that my concoctions are some of my favorite and most refreshing drinks.

Here is a twist on the old cucumber-water.

 

mint and cucumberCucumber-Mint Water

Ingredients:
¼ c fresh Mint leaves
4 Tablespoons of sugar
1 c boiling water
½ long English cucumber (about 2 cups)
2 Tablespoons of lime juice

Directions:

cup of mint
mint cut right from our own “farmville!”

splenda
come on sweetness

In a pot combine the mint leaves and sugar

mixing splenda and mint
Take a spoon and mash the mint

pouring water from measuring cup
Add the boiling water and let steep for 15 minutes

cucumbers steep in water
While that is steeping and smelling wonderful, in a blender toss in the cucumber and puree with 2 cups of cold water

blending the mind and water mixtue
look at that gorgeous color

straining the mixture
Strain the cucumber liquid into a bowl.

adding mint mixture
After the mint has steeped for 15 minutes strain that through the bowl with the cucumber liquid.

Get rid of the wonderfully smelling remains, or I suppose you could use these for your eyes as I’ve seen many places..

adding lime juice
Pour the mixture into a pitcher and add the lime juice

refreshing cucumber mint waterAdd 3 cups of cold water and stir
Enjoy over ice

I love this so much and my picky picky family does too, give it a try and let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite water concoction you’d like to share?

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Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on about.me.

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Comments

  1. This looks amazing Shelley, thanks for the recipe!!!

  2. Ok, I love cucumbers, never would have thought about it in water.

    If you want to get your water in with a food, try watermelon :)

  3. Shelley,

    I tried posting but Im not sure it worked, so I'm going to try again!

    I am grateful that I stumbled upon your blog today! What a brilliant, honest little space you have created :) I am a Fitness Professional, and it makes my heart smile when I read something a non-fitness professional writes that promotes well-being. Your article is spot on. Drink an 8oz glass of water 1/3 hr before a meal and you will probably be able to eat smaller portions… drink an ice cold glass of water first thing in the morning to jump start your metabolisim and give you some energy… little things that wont make you lose 20lbs but will help you shave a few calories off and feel better inside and out.

    I am going to continue reading your posts… i hope if you have time and feel like reading some boring fitness stuff you can come to my little space on wordpress at http://www.nextlevelbodies.com and perhaps lend me a suggestion or two on how to improve.

    I admire your writing and your strength. God bless you and your family.

    -Sara

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