We all probably heard that we need about eight glasses of water a day for adequate hydration. Is eight glasses of water enough? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total water a day. Everyone’s fluid needs vary according to activity level and body mass. Rule of thumb: Checking the color of your urine every time you urinate is one good way to know if you are well hydrated or not. The darker the color, the more you need water. Your urine must be yellow-pale in color.
Drinking fresh, pure and clean water and eating “watery” foods like melon, cucumber, greens, and other fruits and vegetables has a lot of health benefits, including body cleansing and fighting off stress and fatigue. Maybe one of the most important benefits of drinking (clean) water and proper hydration is that it helps maintain our body’s proper fluid balance and guard against water retention. It also helps prevent constipation.
Flat belly water or Sassy water (in honor of its creator Prevention nutrition director Cynthia Sass) has become popular among weight watchers. I don’t need to lose weight but I like the idea of vegetable-infused water… Not only does it taste great and refreshing but it is healthy and also helps detoxify your body. I’ve used lemon and cucumber in my water before but ingredients like ginger and mint leaves that I haven’t tried until I heard about this ‘flat belly water’ that’ suppose to help burn belly fats or body fats in general. Ginger is good for Gastro Intestinal tract. Mint leaves promote digestion, it also helps and prevents stomach inflammation. But of course drinking pure water along with proper diet and body movements/exercise is the way to go.
We have lots of cucumbers in our garden. I also grow peppermint, and ginger in pots — soaking it (with cucumbers and lemons) is just another way to make use of the abundance we have other than eating it. My husband and I like this vegetable-infused, detoxifying, ‘flat belly water’. Even without the organic ingredients my family loves drinking water (our clean well water ;-). Anyway, why not give this not-so-ordinary drinking water a try?!
8-10 cups clean drinking water
1 medium size cucumber
1 two-inched fresh ginger root
10-15 pcs fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves (a head-full leaves attached to the stem is perfect)
You can add a piece of orange or to replace lemon.
Change it up:
1. Wash ingredients thoroughly. Cut cucumbers, lemons and ginger thinly (you may grate ginger if you want).
2. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors infuse for at least 5 hours or overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day. Refrigerate if not consumed throughout the day.