Although the purpose of my blog is to share recipes for desserts 🍰🥧, I’ve decided to publish this post for six reasons:
- In the summer heat ☀🌞, when we experience increased water loss through sweating and evaporation, staying hydrated is essential for our physical and emotional well-being. Even slight dehydration may affect mood, affect memory and attention, make us feel sluggish or stressed out.
- Although juices and herbal teas can help with hydration, what our body really craves is water 💧💧💧 in its pure form, without additives, colorants and sugars. Avoid carbonated, sugary beverages that not only will spike your insulin levels, but also exacerbate dehydration since sugar reduces the amount of retained fluids. Replace them with healthier alternatives, like filtered water or citrus/fresh fruit infused water. It’s a refreshing, spa-like beverage that you can make at home within minutes and at a very low cost.
- The citrus 🍋🍊 not only will infuse the water with their refreshing taste, but will also replenish important for our health nutrients such as Vitamin C (lemon, orange, grapefruit), Vitamin A (orange, grapefruit), potassium (orange, grapefruit) and many others that need to be frequently replenished in the summer.
- Citrus water makes a great detox drink: flushes out toxins, maintains regularity and promotes weight loss.
- Drinking plenty of citrus water in the summer is essential, however, it is equally important to stay hydrated during fall and winter – the seasons of cold and dryness. Cold air has less moisture than warm or hot air and can be very drying to the skin. The heat turned on inside your house and other buildings, on the train or bus, can be drying as well. To overcome the dryness, it’s crucial to hydrate from the inside. Unlike caffeinated drinks which have dehydrating effect on the body, the citrus water will keep you well hydrated. Remember to have a glass or bottle filled with that healthy and refreshing beverage handy and frequently sip on it throughout the day.
- Oranges🍊, contain antioxidants, which inhibit oxidation and protect our cells from harmful molecules, called free radicals that can damage major components of cells. Blood oranges with a deep red flesh, stronger flavor and aroma than regular oranges, contain anthocyanins. They are antioxidant pigments unusual in citrus fruits but common in flowers and other fruits. Those pigments contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent cancer. Antioxidants are also important for the skin. They reduce appearance of wrinkles, firm and protect the skin and may repair the sun damage.
- 2 quarts of filtered water (or more)
- 1 organic lemon, sliced
- 1 organic orange or blood orange, sliced
- organic lime sliced
- 2 slices of grapefruit, optional
- ice cubes, optional
Before slicing, place citrus fruits for 1 minute in a bowl filled with scalding water. Fill pitcher with water. Slice the fruits and place citrus slices in the pitcher.
You can put the pitcher in the fridge for about 1 hour. Drink it straight away or let it sit in the room temperature for 1-2 hours for a more intense flavor.
The pitcher can be refilled with water for up to three times.
Note: You can also hydrate from food. The following fruits and veggies have over 90% water content: watermelons, cucumbers, grapefruit, celery, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, cauliflower, strawberries. They are also a good source of nutrients and vitamins and are very low in calories.