With temperatures continually on the rise, it can be tough to stay properly hydrated. The summer months can be brutal on our bodies and it can be easy for us to fall victim to dehydration. Water makes up about 60% of our body weight and needs to be constantly replenished. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
The 8 cups a day rule is definitely an easy one to remember but can sometimes feel daunting. Rather than waiting until you're thirsty to drink water, start sipping throughout the day. If you're like me and only enjoy really cold water, invest in a water bottle that you can keep on-hand all day long. You can purchase the brand I use here, it keeps bottles cold for 3-4 hours - so great on a hot day! If you're just not that into plain water, try infusing it with herbs, berries and citrus. This is a healthy way to add some flavor without compromising your health.
Did you know that watermelon is 93% water? Making the below recipe is one of my favorite ways to stay hydrated in the summer. I can't think of a better way to feel refresh and replenished than by sipping on some of our Watermelon Juice with Fresh Herbs.
For the recipe, you'll need:
5-10 basil leaves
5-10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon of organic raw agave for some extra sweetness (optional)
Slice your watermelon in half and scoop out the seeds.
Chop up the watermelon into cubes and add it to your blender or food processor.
Slice your lime in half and add the juice to your blender with the watermelon. If you are opting to include the agave, add it in during this step.
Blend the watermelon and lime mixture until it is completely pulverized and smooth. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
In a large cup place some basil and mint leaves in the bottom, add ice and pour the watermelon juice mixture on top and enjoy!