Summer is in full swing and with rising temperatures comes the need for everyone, especially migraineurs to stay well hydrated. Helping to prevent migraines is only one of the benefits to drinking plenty of water. Water helps with controlling calories, energizing muscles, and keeping your skin looking good. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps keep your body temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, and gets rid of wastes through urination and perspiration.
Your body needs more water in hotter climates, on hotter days and when your more physically active. If you think you are not getting enough water, carry a water bottle with you throughout the day. Choose water over other beverages when eating out and freeze water in a freezer safe bottle for icy cold water all day long. To jazz it up a bit, make your own fruit infused water.
Fruit Infused Water
Making your own fruit-infused waters is a great alternative to drinking sugary sports drinks and sodas with additives and dyes. Fruit infused water doesn’t really require a specific recipe. You can experiment by making small or large batches and adding as much or as little fruit as you would like to increase flavor and sweetness. Let your concoction stand for 2 to 8 hours then enjoy! Popular fruits: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, and cucumbers.Popular herbs: mint, basil and rosemary. Slice strawberries but keep other berries whole and press lightly with a spoon to release some of the flavors. Add your favorite ingredients to a 1/2 gallon pitcher of water, cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Or make by the glass.
Star Spangled Frit Infused Water – Red, White & Blueberry
Ingredients: 1 pint of blueberries, 1 pint of strawberries, and a pineapple.
Cut pineapple with star cookie cutter and combine in a pitcher with strawberries and blueberries for star-spangled beverage. You can infuse water or mix fruit with white sangria or lemonade for a festive punch.
This is a delicious drink that boosts your metabolism, acts a natural pain reliever for migraines to menstrual cramps, aides in digestion and boosts your memory.
Ingredients: 1 inch Ginger Root, peeled and sliced + 1 cup Frozen Mango (or fresh)
Drop into a pitcher of water and cover with 3 cups of ice. The ice is important to hold down the ingredients to help infuse the water. Chill 1-3 hours and enjoy!
OTHER GREAT FRUIT AND HERB COMBINATIONS FOR FLAVORFUL WATER
1 lemon slice, 2 sprigs mint, slice of fresh ginger (2 oz)
4-6 strawberries, 1/2 lemon sliced, and a small handful of basil, scrunched.
Blueberry Orange Water
2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges, handful of blueberries.
Squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor.
1 cup of raspberries and 1/2 lemon sliced.
1 cup cubed mango and 1 cup cubed pineapple.
Cucumber slices and lemon wedges.
1/2 grapefruit sliced, several springs of rosemary.
1 lime sliced, 1 halved jalapeno, and fresh cilantro to taste.
Cover and let sit over night in the refrigerator.
1 lime sliced, 2 sprigs mint, 1 cup watermelon chunks.
1 cup watermelon chunks and 2 sprigs mint.
Many stores carry various “Infusion Water Bottles” but any container may be used.