Posted On 21 Jul 2015 By : db admin

We know that staying hydrated is a key component to healthy aging, but sometimes drinking plain water can get boring. Encourage your loved one to stay hydrated in the warmer weather by making your own infused water.5 Best Infused Water Recipes for Summer

Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Almost 50% of all seniors seen in the emergency room for any reason are also mildly dehydrated.

Seniors are at a high risk for dehydration because their ability to conserve water is actually reduced. In addition, it is more difficult for them to recognize thirst and that they are less able to respond to temperature changes. When these natural changes are compounded with other factors such as hot weather or chronic illness to include diabetes or dementia, dehydration can become more severe.

Water intake is a vital component of healthy aging. Staying hydrated has a number of benefits including:

Helping to maintain the balance of body fluids.
Controlling caloric intake and helping with weight management.
Energizing muscles.
Helping to maintain normal bowel function.
Helping kidneys work properly.
Tips to Help Your Loved One Drink More Water

Nutritionists recommend that seniors drink two liters of water every day. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is not drinking enough water, here are some ideas that encourage hydration:

Carry a bottle of water with you at all times.
Choose water when dining out instead of other beverages to save money and drink more water.
Download an app to track your water intake.
Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack.
Make your own flavored water.
Infused Water Recipes

Making your own flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated. It is all-natural, fresh, easy and nutritious. Here are some of our favorite infused water recipes:

Strawberry Lemon Basil WaterStrawberry Lemon Basil Water

Ingredients:

4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 lemon, sliced
Small handful of basil, scrunched
Ice and cold filtered water
Directions:
Fill a pitcher to the top with ice and fruit.
Slightly scrunch up the basil and cover with cold filtered water.
Let the water infuse at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Learn more about Strawberry Lemon Basil Water.

Blueberry Orange WaterBlueberry Orange Water
Ingredients:

6 cups water
2 mandarin oranges,cut into wedges
Handful of blueberries
Ice
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate up to 24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
Squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor.
Serve cold.
Learn more about Blueberry Orange Water.Watermelon Mint Water

Watermelon Mint Water
Ingredients:
Watermelon
Fresh mint
Water
Ice
Directions:
Add melon and mint to a pitcher and then fill with water.
Allow fruit to soak for 2-8 hours in the fridge.
Learn more about Watermelon Mint Water.

Kiwi Cucumber Agua Fresca

Ingredients:Kiwi Cucumber Agua Fresca

6 kiwis, peeled
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded
4 packets Splenda (or other no calorie sweetener)
6 cups water, divided
Extra kiwi slices for garnish
Directions:

Place the kiwi, cucumber, sweetner and 2 cups of water in a blender and puree until smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
Transfer to a pitcher and stir in the remaining 4 cups of water.
Serve chilled over ice. Garnish with kiwi sliced.
Learn more about Kiwi Cucumber Agua Fresca.

Rosemary Grapefruit Water

Ingredients:Rosemary Grapefruit Water

1/2 grapefruit
Several sprigs of Rosemary
Water
Ice
Directions:

Add ingredients to the bottom of a pitcher.
Cover with water.
Let sit over night and enjoy the next day.
Learn more about Rosemary Grapefruit Water.

Do you have any favorite flavored water recipes that weren’t on this list? Share your favorites with us in the comments below.

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