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A pal of mine recently posted a chart of the best times of day to drink water to reap the most benefits. Being in a city where it’s been 100 degrees+ even before summer officially began and much of the nation experiencing heat”waves”, I thought it’d be helpful to share a similar article from Lifescript. I drink water all day and I find that it does help keep me energized, prevents headaches and keeps me cooler than I’d be without my frequent intake. I also rediscovered my love for cucumber-infused water: sooo refreshing and tasty! So however you like it, drink up and drink up often!

The short list:

1. drink when you wake up

2. drink before a meal

3. drink between meals/with a snack

4. drink before a workout

5. if allowed, drink it with your medication

6. drink to prevent illness

7. drink more when you’re sick

8. drink when you’re tired

The reasons why:

http://www.lifescript.com/health/conditions/dehydration/9_best_times_to_drink_water.aspx

And a tasty plain water alternative:

8. 5 CUPS WATER
1 TSP/ GRATED GINGER
1 MED. CUCUMBER, SLICED
JUICE OF A MEDIUM LEMON
12 SPEARMINT LEAVES

COMBINE EVERYTHING AND LET IT STAND IN FRIDGE OVERNIGHT.

DRINK ALL WATER THROUGHOUT NEXT DAY

oooooooooorrrr:

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 thin slices English cucumber
  • 5 thin slices orange

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve.

Chow.com has a few more similar recipes, just so there’s no excuse for not getting your daily dosage. BOTTOMS UP!

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