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Naturally Flavored Waters

 

The heat of summer is upon us and so is the increased need to stay properly hydrated. For someone struggling with a kidney disease, this is especially true. There are many ways to help someone with kidney disease: donating your car, offering a listening ear, and a refreshing drink of water are just a few.

But what if you just have a hard time drinking enough water? We all know it’s essential to keeping the body functioning properly, but sometimes we want to have something with more flavor in our diet. If that sounds like you, then these naturally flavored water recipes are just the thing you need to spruce up your H2O intake.

 

Homemade vs Bottled

Since flavored waters have become more popular over the last few years a wide variety of pre-made options have begun cropping up on grocery and pharmacy shelves. But before you buy that bottled, flavored water be sure to read the ingredients. The term "water" conjures up an image of a crystal clear liquid being tapped directly from some pure, mountain glade, but that’s not usually the case. Most bottled water is taken directly from a city water source. Just like the stuff coming out of your own tap.

With flavored waters, those little bottles may also contain far too much sodium, sugar, or artificial sweeteners to be healthy for someone struggling with kidney disease.

The good news is that homemade flavored waters are one of the easiest things you can make. You’ll have all the flavor you want, without the added sodium and sugar. Here are a few favorite recipes for flavored water.

1. Citrus Water

Supplies:

  • 2 quart glass jar and lid
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • ice
  • 2 quarts of filtered water (or tap water, whichever you prefer)

Method:

Slice the citrus into thin rounds and layer in the bottom of the 2 quart jar. Using the end of a wooden spoon, press the rounds until just a little juice comes out, but be careful not to completely pulverize them. Fill jar with ice to the top and then pour in water to top of jar as well. Let sit 2-24 hours and then enjoy.

2. Lemon Berry Water

Supplies:

  • 2 quart glass jar and lid
  • 2 lemons, cut into quarters
  • 1 pint of raspberries or strawberries
  • Ice
  • 2 quarts of filtered water

Method:

Slice the lemon and place in the bottom of the jar. Add berries and partially crush with the end of a wooden spoon, but don’t make it a puree. Fill the jar with ice and cover to the top with water. Cover and allow to sit 2-6 hours.

3. Watermelon Rosemary Water

Supplies:

  • 1 half watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Ice
  • 2 quarts of filtered water

Method:

Place rosemary in the bottom of the jar, press it slightly with the end of a wooden spoon, add watermelon cubes and press gently. Fill jar with ice, cover with water and place in refrigerator.

4. Cinnamon Apple Water

Supplies:

  • stick of cinnamon
  • 2 apples
  • Ice
  • 2 quarts of water

Method:

Slice the apples and place in the bottom of the jar. Using the wooden spoon, crush the apples slightly. Place the cinnamon stick on top of them. Fill the jar with ice and cover with water. Let it sit in your fridge for a few hours and then enjoy.

5. Pineapple-Ginger Mint Water

Supplies:

  • 4 cups of chunk pineapple (2 cans or 1 fresh)
  • 1 fresh ginger root
  • 5 sprigs of mint
  • Ice
  • 2 quarts of water

Method:

Crush mint and add to the jar, slice five thin slices of ginger root and place in the jar, add the pineapple chunks and press with the wooden spoon until the juices begin to flow. Cover with ice and water, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. So refreshing!

These yummy flavored water options are a great way to help you get more hydrated during the warm summer months. Enjoy a tall, icy glass today!