Today was finally a refreshing day in Toronto – 20 degrees felt cold! Getting through last week’s heat wave was a bit of a challenge for this girl from Labrador without air-con in my apartment. To stay cool, I made some yummy 100% watermelon juice popsicles with the help of my fabulous juicer and have been drinking water like a champ.
Us naturopaths love water and think it’s wonderful for the body. It’s important so many metabolic processes, including our natural detoxification. A good analogy is to think of washing a car with water and soap. Drinking lots of water is like using a bucket of water and soap, and not drinking enough is like using a thimble of water. It’s much easier and effective to use that bucket!
An easy way to calculate how much you should be getting a day is to take your weight in kilgrams, divide it by 8 oz which equals the number of cups you should drink per day, or:
Water per day = weight in kg/8 oz
Remember that if you’re working out, sweating a lot, drinking coffee or alcohol, you should increase your water accordingly. All of these things are dehydrating, and its a good idea to be proactive and not wait until you’re dying of thirst before you reach for the water jug.
If you think water is bland, try adding a few things to make it more tasty! Easy ways to do this include adding fruit slices and/or fresh herbs. My favorite combination is pineapple, cucumber and fresh mint twigs. Other great ingredients include raspberries, grapefruit, lemons, limes and herbs like rosemary and lemon-thyme. Get creative and experiment – you’ll be surprised at how refreshing the water is, and how a little hint of flavor tickles your taste buds! It’s a fantastic way to add some vitamin C and anti-oxidants to your water.
And don’t just opt for the flavored waters – they’re often ‘zero’ calories because they’re filled with artificial sweeteners like Aspartame or Sucralose. A little bit of effort to make your water a little more wonderful goes a long way! Drink up!