Stay Hydrated with Homemade Water Infusions and Sports Drinks
Everyone knows that staying well hydrated is important throughout pregnancy. But plain water can get boring, and when you’re exercising or extra hot it may not be enough on its own.
Looking for ways to add some flavor to your water without adding artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners? Try a simple infusion! Let fresh fruits and herbs soak in ice cold water for a few hours or overnight, and you’ll have a delicious spa-quality refresher. The flavor combinations are unlimited. Here are some ideas to get you started: Fresh Fruit-Infused Waters Aplenty (www.organicauthority.com). And don’t forget that ingredients like mint and ginger can help calm a queasy pregnant belly.
When you are exercising or sweating from the heat, you may need an electrolyte boost to keep dehydration at bay. Commercial sports drinks have electrolytes… plus artificial colors and other ingredients you probably don’t want. Skip the artificial stuff by making your own sports drink, using a recipe like this one: How to Make a Homemade Sports Drink (www.runningtothekitchen.com). It’s so simple: water or coconut water mixed with any juice you choose, plus sea salt and calcium magnesium powder for electrolytes (the recipe links to a source). If you like it a little sweeter, you can add honey. That’s it!
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