Did you know that your body is over 80% made up of water?  

Do you get 8 to 12 glasses of water a day? 

Most of us answer no.  We consume other beverages such as pop, coffee, tea to name a few.  Water is the most essential beverage and yet it tends to be the least consumed.  Everyone has their reasons, I don’t think about it, I don’t like the taste of it, and I just really prefer to drink other things. 

We are approaching summer and with that an increase in our outdoor temperature.  Water needs to be included into your daily diet in order to keep you hydrated and to keep your body running healthy. Also, you can not count caffeinated beverages even if they do contain water in the ingredients.  Caffeine cancels out water because caffeine causes dehydration.   If you increase your activity like I do with things such as gardening, you will need to have even more water in your daily routine. 

One of my favorite things to do is make Fresca Water.  Fresca water is so simple, slice up your favorite fruit, put in the bottom of a pitcher or a water bottle, fill with ice and water.  How easy is that?  Here is the recipe I used in the picture for this article:

Fresca Water

1 to 2 washed and sliced granny smith apples (or your favorite variety of apples)

1 washed and sliced orange

1.  Wash and slice fruits.  Squeeze one slice of the orange over the sliced apples to prevent browning.

2.  Place fruit slices in bottom of pitcher or water bottle and cover with ice and water.  Store in refrigerator.

water fresca www.herviewfromhome.com

 

You can use whatever fruit is in season.  Strawberries are a good buy right now and soon you will see other berries such as raspberries and blue berries.  This is a great way to increase your intake of water.  If you are still not convinced and you prefer your sugary drink over water, check out the information at UNL.  The leader hand guide has a great power point of the lesson that is helpful. 

 

Have you ever wondered what happens if you were to stop drinking water?  Check out this video to find out!

 

 

 

 

Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen lives in the middle of Nebraska in the heartland of America. She shares her home with her husband Dan, and teens Daniel and Leslie. Sunset Acreage is home to fruit trees, chickens, cats and rescue dog Sampson. Ranae is passionate about sustainable living and sharing her life’s journey to help others thrive in this crazy thing called life. She loves writing!  You can connect on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/ranaeaspenwriter/  You can also find her blog all about Sunset living at https://raspen2.wordpress.com/ .