Drinking enough fluids is essential for everyday life, especially drinking water is important for various metabolic processes and water is a medium for the transport of toxic agents (by means of, well, peeing). About 70% of our own body is water, so it’s the most important part (quantitatively). Now that we know that drinking is vital, we need to get to the point: Humans need to ingest about 1,5 liters of fluid by drinking, and when you’re exercising you need to drink even more, and that can be quite hard sometimes.
Believe me, drinking (we’re not talking about alcohol here) was never a real treat for me unless I’m exercising or have eaten something salty or spicy, and I often have to force myself to drink enough by placing a bottle of water near me. I hear it’s getting even harder when you get old. Of course you could drink juices and lemonade and sugary nonsense, but that’s what it is: nonsense. I don’t want to gain weight by drinking alone, let me do that with food! So it’s water then, but water alone can become really boring real quick, and that’s where some additional natural ingredients come into play. Believe me, you can improve so much with this!
Raspberry + Lime
Raspberries not only taste heavenly (for me), but they also contain provitamin A and B, and above all a lot of vitamin C. There’s a lot of iron (transport of oxygen in your blood), calcium, citric acid, which is important for the urinary metabolism, potassium (cells, nerves, muscles), magnesium, folic acid (cells) and flavonoids, which are highly antioxidant. And so much more. There’s really some good stuff in there! And then there’s the lime, containing some more vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
Lemon + Mint
Lemons are known for their high vitamin-C concentration, fighting off free radicals and being important for your conjunctive tissue. And they contain potassium as well! Mint contains among other things flavonoids (antioxidant) and is a perfectly fresh companion to the sour lemon!
Cucumber + Ginger
My favourite combination and for me the easiest one to make for I always have some cucumber and fresh ginger at home. Cucumbers contain vitamins B and C, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and phosphor (bones, blood, cells). Ginger is a fusion of so many good things, and its spicy and very special flavour fits perfectly to the refreshing cucumber.
There is no way I am going to drink normal tab water again after trying these three flavour combinations. They’re not too overpowering but rather linger in the background and are a perfect addition to your normal workout water, and you do actually ingest some of the nutrients through the water!