It's The Little Things That Count...
Today’s post is introducing a new mini-series of helpful, easy health tips! Individually they won’t be the cause of your transformation into a fitness goddess: yet combined with a balanced, healthy lifestyle and working your butt off in the gym, you’ll be surprised at the difference they can make! Everyone knows that the first step to a healthy lifestyle is by replacing squash and fizzy drinks with plenty of water. Hydration is key to ensuring that our bodies work effectively! Yet, and I can admit to feeling this too, water can sometimes be considered bland and tasteless – altogether not as appealing, perhaps. Have no fear: here are three options that will satisfy your taste buds as well as your body’s H20 cravings!
- Lemon Water
I’m sure this isn’t a new concept to most, and if you haven’t tried it before, I’m sure you’ve definitely heard of it! However, many people drink this refreshing beverage whilst remaining unaware of how nourishing it is for the body and mind. There are simply far too many benefits to name in our little post, but a few important ones to remember are; lemons are high in potassium (which helps our most vital organ, the heart, alongside nerve endings), the antioxidants are essential to maintaining healthy skin and a radiant glow, and they fuel the body up with lots of energy! Converted? I thought so. Squeeze half a lemon into some water and test the results for yourself.
- Orange and Ginger Water
Now for something slightly more different! This delicious concoction should be considered a super drink: the combination of these two foods will assist in fighting off any unwanted illnesses. Orange (like lemon) is packed full of Vitamin C which is responsible for boosting our immune levels whilst ginger has been proven to fight off stomach aches. Vitamin C has also been recommended to aid stress levels so it seems wise to keep some to hand after a busy week. Finally, a small amount of ginger can decrease pain caused by exercise. Need I say more?
- Strawberry and Kiwi Water
This classic combination of fruit is perfect for any warm summer weather that may (or may not, if you’re in the UK) appear over the next couple of months. Even better, it contains many detoxifying qualities, making it beneficial as well as incredibly refreshing. Save your pennies and replace those anti-aging creams with strawberries instead! They contain properties such as biotin that helps prevent skin wrinkling, and strengthens hair and nails. Kiwis are a superfood: they provide Vitamin E which protects the skin, help fight heart disease and clear out toxins from the body. A mixture of the two definitely improves your health but also tastes pretty awesome.
There you go: three little hints to improve the taste of your water and your well-being. I recommend you give each a go and see which you prefer. If you feel inspired, there are many more options to try! Upload and share your take on our favourite infused waters, or create your own, to Instagram or Twitter with #NEUwater for us to see!
Written By Kathryn Bray