Useful Information for Better Health from the Western Maryland Health System

Friday, May 26, 2017

Infused Waters Quench Thirst Deliciously

June is national fruit and vegetable month. Infusing water with fruits, veggies, and herbs is a flavorful way to quench thirst and stay hydrated. More than half the weight of the human body is water, so staying hydrated is important for health and feeling our best.
We need water to: 
·       help move food through the digestive tract 
·       carry nutrients and eliminate waste products 
·       maintain body temperature 
·       help prevent kidney stones  

Although many factors influence an individual's fluid needs, including height, weight, sex, health, exercise, and the weather, the Institute of Medicine recommends an adequate intake (AI) of fluids per day to be about 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women.

Infused waters are a great way to meet fluid needs. Cut or slightly crush fruits, veggies, and herbs to release flavors. Add to water for at least 4-6 hours or overnight. You don’t need a special pitcher or bottle with an infuser, but they are nice. Some great combos include:

·      lemon, lime, and mint
·      strawberries, pineapple, and grapes
·      cucumber, ginger, and mint
·      orange and blueberries

Stop by the monthly pay day displays in the WMHS cafeteria to taste a variety refreshing infused waters.