Recipe by Krista A. Parr
We all know how important it is to keep hydrated, especially in hot weather. But if you don’t love the taste of plain water, fruit and herb-infused water is a refreshing option. Use whatever fruit or herbs you have on hand, such as peach-lemon balm or rhubarb-lavender. It’s important to note that it’s wise to avoid drinking a lot of fluids while eating, so try to hydrate yourself in-between meals (leave a 30 minute window). This is because digestive juices in your stomach are diluted when you take in fluids with food, compromising the proper breakdown of the food and leading to poor nutrient absorption. One reason people may drink a lot of water with meals is that it is thought to make you feel fuller, leading you to eat less; this is a myth. You may feel fuller on less food at the time, but you’ll probably feel hungry again soon because your body is still craving the calories and nutrients it actually needs. So, listen to your body’s hunger cues and eat until your body feels nourished by the real, whole food on your plate. Hydrating with basic water or more flavourful beverages like this raspberry, lemon and mint infused water should happen during the rest of the day. Bottoms up!