We all know just how critical it is to stay hydrated. But staying hydrated isn’t always easy.
In this guide I’m going to teach you how to overcome one of the biggest hurdles of hydration by showing you how to make water taste delicious, while keeping it alkaline.
We all want to drink more water and we all know how much better we’d feel if we did, but let’s face it – drinking water is boring after a while….right?
Not any more.
How to Make Delicious Water
Before we get into my four methods of making delicious water, we should really cover off the topics of water quality and quantity. Just quickly. Because they’re important.
Ideally, you should be aiming to drink somewhere between 2-4 litres of water each day.
The official equation I use and that I think is brilliant is this:
1 litre of water per 40lbs (18k or 2.85stone) of body weight
For example, 12st = 4.2 litres per day.
This, I have found, accurately works out to between 3-4 litres for most people each day. And if you stick to this, every day, I promise you there will be a massive increase in your health, energy, mental clarity and vitality.
This is a topic I could write about all day long. In fact I have here, and here, and here.
So for the purposes today we’re aiming for water that is preferably:
But as a starting point, just make sure it is filtered. Tap water is pretty rubbish. It’s acid-forming and oxidising (meaning it kills cells rather than replenish them).
Delicious Alkaline Water Method #1: Fruits & Veggies
This is my current favourite (certainly in summer) and is really easy, really impressive looking and works brilliantly. It also allows you to get some of the big flavours of fruits back into your life without being overly acidic (note: fruit sugars are acid forming – if you need to learn more about that click here to read about fruit and the alkaline diet).
Some of my favourite combinations are:
- Cucumber, Mint & Lemon
- Rockmelon & Ginger
- Watermelon & Mint
- Strawberry & Basil
- Cucumber & Lime
- Cherry & Lime
The possibilities are endless, they really are!
To prepare each, simply roughly chop and smash up the ingredients, tear the leaves etc and throw them into a large jug/pitcher and then fill with the alkaline water.
If you want to go the extra mile you can even buy a muddler to really infuse those flavours!
Delicious Alkaline Water Method #2: Herbs & Spices
Similar to above, you can also use herbs and spices to flavour the water. This is often easier on a smaller scale as you can add a pinch here and there to a big glass, rather than having to go the whole hog and make it in bulk.
Herbs such as basil, thyme, rosemary all work amazingly. And spices such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne etc are all fantastic too.
When using these spices and herbs you may wish to strain at the end of your prep, and I recommend getting a mini strainer such as this so you don’t end up with bits stuck between your teeth!
Delicious Alkaline Water Method #3: Iced Teas
Iced teas are so easy to make but are so often overlooked! All you need to do is make the tea as normal and then make it cold! Et voila!
There are so many combinations and teas you can either infuse yourself (see here for my delicious alkaline tea guide) or just buy the teabags/leaves to infuse.
This is one of those killer tips that can be the difference for some people. Let’s face it, you need to drink 3-4 litres of water per day, so what if you made a litre of delicious iced tea each morning and drank that throughout the day? That’s one of your litres done, and really enjoyably so!
What a thought!
My personal favourites for alkalinity AND that work well as iced teas are:
– Homemade lemon & ginger
– Rooibos (redbush) with lemon
– Peppermint, Spearmint & Chamomile
PLUS I love to simply steep some fresh mint leaves from the garden with some root ginger too. That is delicious hot or cold. You simply simmer the mint and ginger in a big pan of water for about 30 minutes and then let it cool!
Delicious Alkaline Water Method #4: Herbal Teas
And OF COURSE, the hot version can be just as good. Again, thinking back to your hydration goal of 3-4 litres per day, consider that just three cups of herbal tea during the day is roughly one of those litres!
Life is a lot easier than we’ve been led to believe.
Again, check out my post on the most herbal alkaline tea here.
Delicious Alkaline Water Method #5: Good Ol’ Lemon or Lime Water
And we couldn’t go past this without referencing the original, the best flavoured alkaline water! First up, let’s get the question about lemon being alkaline or acid out of the way.
Lemons and limes, while being a citric fruit of course, are alkaline-forming to the body. Once consumed they have an alkaline effect on the body due to their containing alkaline minerals and very little sugar.
Gareth Edwards explains more in this video here about lemon water, if you want to know more.
So, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what it is and how to make it!
Lemon water (or lime water) is simply filtered, alkaline water with fresh lemon squeezed in. There are no hard and fast rules and you can make it however you like, but my rule o’ thumb is to squeeze 1/3 lemon into 500ml of water.
If you like it more lemony then squeeze in a 1/2 lemon. If not so much, go for a 1/4.
It’s as simple as that.
You shouldn’t add any sweeteners or syrup as these will make the drink highly acid forming, but a little cayenne pepper is fine.
I like to make this with lukewarm water and enjoy early in the morning as part of my morning ritual. It’s mildly alkaline, gets the metabolism going and really wakes and freshens you.
BONUS Delicious Alkaline Water Method #6: Coconut Water
Ha! I just remembered this as I was typing/editing this guide to post it to the site…and OF COURSE – coconut water is amazing, alkaline, full of alkaline minerals and electrolytes and it’s, above all else, delicious! Now, it’s not officially in this list because you can’t make it yourself…
But you can buy either fresh young green coconuts and cut them open to drink OR buy packaged coconut water in the shops. Just be SURE that it’s 100% coconut water and has not had any other sweeteners, preservatives or anything added. Coconut water preserves itself and is sweet enough by itself.
It needs nothing adding!
Definitely enjoy this every day! It’s my favourite treat.
Easy Way to Four Litres Per Day
With all this in mind, consider this little hydration schedule and how easy it is to get enough water per day!
- Upon waking 500ml of lemon water: water so far 500ml
- After cleaning your teeth another glass of plain water: water so far 1000ml
- Mid morning cup of herbal tea: water so far 1330ml
- Make 1 litre of iced tea to have before and after lunch: water so far 2330ml
- Another cup of herbal tea with your mid afternoon snack: water so far 2660ml
- As you prepare dinner a glass of standard alkaline water: water so far 3160ml
- After dinner a cup of herbal tea: water so far 3490ml
- Before bed, a glass of warm lemon water: water so far 3990ml
There you have it, an easy 4 litres of water throughout the day and only two glasses of ‘plain’ water all day!
Make the Alkaline Diet Easy…
My whole mission is to make the alkaline diet easy, enjoyable, simple and sustainable – and I hope guides like this help to make it far less daunting for you to get alkaline and healthy!
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