As summer temperatures soar, we all need to be mindful of staying cool and hydrated. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is recommended by health experts (that’s 64 ounces total) but many people — especially those of a certain age — dislike this practice. I can still hear my late, lamented mother-in-law groaning at the idea.
I’ve always been a water guzzler, but since I have discovered the joys of spa water, even my prodigious intake has increased.
Drinking a lot of water keeps you hydrated, is good for your skin and your hair, helps with digestion and weight loss, and it fills you up so you are less likely to nibble on junk through the day. It also enables you to recover from a workout faster and flushes toxins out of the body. Because spa water tastes better to many people than plain water, it encourages more consumption, and that’s a good thing.
Spa water is simply water infused with fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to make it taste better. It’s best to keep it well-chilled — tepid water laced with fruit or vegetables can become rather funky if left out, especially in the heat.
In addition to the hydrating benefits and the refreshing taste, spa water can deliver vitamins and minerals. Water-soluble vitamins, which include B vitamins and vitamin C, leech out of the fruit or vegetable into the water so there is a nutritional benefit — not enormous amounts, but every little bit helps.
Any of the following, or a combination thereof, make wonderful, healthy spa water. The general guideline is 1 cup of fruit or vegetable and/or ½ cup fresh herbs per 2 quarts of water. (If you are using rosemary, reduce to ¼ cup or less, as it is quite strong).