Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Keeping hydrated

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.
~Hermann Hesse

Summer smoothie ice cubes by Personal Creations

This Wellness Wednesday, we're thinking about keeping hydrated. My older daughter drinks a LOT of water/liquids during the day. She has a condition which requires that she have a continual stream of electrolytes. My son likes plain water just fine and drinks plenty of that, but my younger daughter tends to go all day without having much of anything. Does that happen to you? What are ways to make drinking water more interesting?

The Daily Burn suggests:
Pop a couple blueberries or blackberries into each ice cube tray slot and fill the remainder with plain or flavored seltzer.
Pour and freeze chocolate milk into cubes to cool off (and jazz up!) a plain glass of milk.

Martha Stewart suggests:
Freeze fresh lemonade, limeade, or the fruit nectar of your choice in an ice cube tray.
Cut watermelon into cubes, place on a baking sheet, and freeze.

My Fussy Eater suggests:
Freeze various juices—such as apple, cranberry, and orange juice—in layers. As they melt in your cup, the sunny cubes will add color and flavor to that otherwise unexciting H20.

From 17 Apart:
Fill an ice cube tray with a generous number of mint leaves, add water, and freeze.

From Rachael Ray:
Dissolve one part honey in three parts hot water. Let cool, then pour into a tray. suggests:
Freeze clementine slices and use as ice cubes.
Add a few drops of rose water. (I like rose syrup in water, esp. with a slice of lemon. So good!)

I drink a lot of tea (black, green, white, and herbal), and I also like broth. What about you? What are your favorite ways to keep hydrated?

There are apps you can use to help you keep track of how much water you've drunk (my older daughter's roommate uses Plant Nanny, where you keep a plant "alive" by watering it when you drink).

One last quote:
[Jellyfish] are 97% water or something, so how much are they doing? Just give them another 3% and make them water. It's more useful.
~Karl Pilkington


Pop said...

I'm a kidney-stone producer...and have been for I drink lots of water during the day for that. Of course, a side benefit of this is hydration.

The docs have me drink lemonade every day (at least once a day), but I sure did get tired of that after a while. Then I discovered adding a dollop of sweet tea or peach tea to the lemonade. Makes all the difference!

author amok said...

I have a poem from Life in Me Like Grass on Fire to share with you -- remind me. (It's a hydration sonnet by Jane Elkin.)