As a part of my journey to a healthier life, I am trying to break myself of the habit of drinking diet soda. I have one soda a day despite knowing that is not good for me. I like water and I drink a lot of it, but there is something about a soda that satisfies a craving in me. I have been on a quest to find a replacement for my daily soda. I recently came across a blog with several recipes for infused water. I had never tried infused water before. Most everyone knows the human body requires adequate water to sustain life. The American College of Sports Medicine says that water is the most essential component of the human body. Not only does it transport nutrients, helps eliminate waste, but it also helps regulate body temperature while exercising. It helps with blood pressure, blood circulation, lubrication of joints and aids in digestion. Soda does not do any of those things for me, nor does it provide my body with any needed nutrients. I need more water!
I tried several of the recipes across many blogs and even came up with a few combinations of my own. I finally settled on one combo that has me drinking 32 ounces MORE of water than I was before. It’s so easy too. I slice up an orange and a lime in the morning. I squeeze the juice of one slice of orange in a large glass. I add in 3 more slices of orange, 2 of lime and fill with water 12 ounces of water. I let it sit in the refrigerator while I go through my morning routine. By then, the flavors have infused the water and I enjoy drinking it so much more than plain water. I do this a couple of times a day and drink this in addition to my normal water intake. I have seen several versions of these infusions in different sizes ( ball jar size to pitchers) using all kinds of fruits and spices. Here is one blog that has a lot of recipes you can try. I hope you find one that appeals to you and results in you drinking more water! This has helped me reduce my soda intake and soon I hope to break the habit completely.
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