It is said that the British have an obsession with the weather and I am no exception. Weeks of furtive glances at the weather app on my phone finally paid off and we’ve been rewarded with lots of summer sun… for now, anyway.
As well as the usual, ‘I have nothing to wear’ complaint that hot weather brings, the arrival of the sun always results in massive headaches for me brought on by the fact that I don’t drink enough water.
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.
– NHS Choices.
Not only is water vital to our survival, but drinking lots of it flushes out toxins and keeps our skin clear. But, let’s face it, it isn’t the most exciting thing to drink, so to entice myself to drink more I’ve been drinking infused water.
Infused waters aren’t a new thing. If you look on Pinterest, you will see hundreds of recipes for it. My favourite combinations use strawberries, lemons and limes.
Strawberries add antioxidants and added vitamins and minerals. Lemon and lime juice help to cleanse and alkalise the body and aid digestion.
Infuser bottles make drinking infused water easier. I bought mine from Groupon, but they are easily available here. They have a detachable core that holds the fruit separate from the rest of the water, whilst still allowing the flavour to penetrate the liquid.
I simply hull and slice the strawberries before placing them inside. For lemons I use a mandolin peeler to remove part of the zest and then chop them up before placing them in the container. After I’ve added the water I give it all a shake and then let it sit for at least 15 mins for the fruit to do it’s stuff.