Here are various ways to get your recommended water intake. Try which one works best for you:
1. Plain-cold/hot/room temperature/luke warm.
2. With mint
3. With lemon
4. Herbal-Boiled with cinnamon bark/fennel/cardamom/turmeric/ginger, etc..
As you can see, there are various ways to invent new and exciting ways to drink water as per one’ s palate. Every book on naturopathy or nature care will support the nutritive benefits of the above mentioned ingredients. To enjoy these flavours though, it could get challenging if the palate is used to salt and sugar additives in the foods that we eat.
Most of us could even mistake our thirst for hunger and end up jeopardising our quest of eating for health. You could ask how’s that possible? How can hunger and thirst be confused with? Barring the technical jargon at this point, I urge you to experiment….hunger is not just confused with thirst, but you’ll be surprised, it is confused with boredom, a whole lot more of emotions and even our company at that moment. Listening in to our body and tuning in with it will help in the right direction. We all need to fully understand when we are hungry and when we are eating for other reasons.
Drinking water through the day is one way of tuning in to our body’s needs apart from keeping it well hydrated. Drinking it at an even temperature-not too cold nor too hot-rather closer to our body temperature, is the best way at most times. Some people may opt for mineral water , but do we really need mineral enhanced water all the time? It’s like taking vitamin supplements all the time…oh well… That could be a tricky one. There are various arguments on that one. I suggest you choose the course which best suits your body system, and you must make the choice after trying the options out and not deciding beforehand.
Water intake should be limited to just that. Making a sweet lemonade with a bottled preservative or drinking some cups of tea with sugar are not the best choices. Although a glass of water with some lemon in it is obviously OK. The more we get used to treating our palates with sugar, the less we can enjoy edible gifts of nature. Our palate need not get spoiled with the additives that were founded by man just a few decades back. Maybe that was the beginning of “processed” foods.
So, let me leave you the option of starting to enjoy plain or naturally flavoured water with an open mind. Unlearning the sugary or salty alternatives and learning the magic of original flavours or just plain water is an exciting journey to be on….sip by sip…till the body gets what it ‘really’ wants.