By Anne Piccolo
Hydration is crucial during the hottest months of the year, but sipping on plain water gets a little old. Rather than reaching for sugar concoctions loaded with unwanted calories, spruce up your H20 with these healthy suggestions.
Summer offers crispy fruits and veggies that add tremendous flavor to your water. Toss in a little sliced cucumbers to get an antioxidant boost– and the added benefit of healthy skin. Also try sliced watermelon, strawberries, and oranges for a sweet twist. For an extra kick, a dash of cayenne pepper will pump up your metabolism and keep down your blood pressure and cholesterol. Tangy ginger can also cure stomach aches, while mint can help keep your mind relaxed and your breath fresh.
Lemons are the perfect zest when you’re in a pinch. Studies show that lemons help stimulate liver enzymes and aid in digestion. The citric acid in lemons relates closely to natural stomach acids, which helps to smooth out the digestive process and lower levels of acidity in your body. Some researchers suggest this, in turn, helps to promote healthy weight loss.