Written by Annie Laskey, Events Director, Pasadena Senior Center
Are you drinking enough? It’s a well know fact that most people don’t drink as much as they should – of water. Did you know that it is recommended that for each pound of your weight you should drink 1/2 to 1 ounce of water each day? Yikes! If you weigh 120 lbs, you should be drinking 10 twelve-ounce glasses (or 12 ten-ounce glasses, take your pick) of water every day. The fitness-minded of you are nodding right now. Of course you drink that much, you take hydration seriously! However, most of the rest of us need to be persuaded. Here are some tips:
Flavor your water. Add a bit of excitement to one of your ten daily glasses. I enjoy the taste of lemon, so I freeze fresh lemon juice in small ice cube trays , and Voila! Ice, vitamin C, and flavor all in one little cube you pop into your glass of water or iced tea.
You can also get fancy. Just keep a carafe of water in the fridge, and experiment with adding cucumber slices, orange wedges, cinnamon sticks, various herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or lemon balm. Many lovely restaurants serve their table water this way, so you can pretend you’re at a favorite eatery.
Or go for the bubbly stuff; Perrier for example (that’s Perrier sparking water, not Perrier Jouet Champagne; which is celebratory but won’t help hydrate you). Yes, you can drink Perrier straight out of the can or bottle, but where’s the fun in that? Be creative! Tall crystal goblets, vintage juice glasses, your favorite plastic take-to-the-beach cup, that special souvenir Luke Skywalker mug you got when you first saw Star Wars in 1977. It all adds to the drinking pleasure.
And remember that plain sparkling water loves dressing up. Orange, apple, and even prune juice added to the glass is a healthy option to soda and still gives you carbonation when you crave it. But full disclosure – you will need to find another source for caffeine if you relied on Diet Coke to wake you up in the morning.
Another flavor option I use was born out of my love of neat little bottles and artisan products: bitters. Bitters are basically alcohol, sugar, and botanicals (fruit, herbs, spices) distilled down into strong essence. Just a few drops adds real flavor and is a fantastic addition to your boring glass of water, sparkling or still. The old standby, Angostura Bitters, has been touted as a digestive aid, as well as being ubiquitous in cocktails (“add a dash of bitters”). With the fairly recent cocktail renaissance, artisan bitters became more widely available. Yes, they are expensive, but as they are only used a few drops at a time, a small bottle will last for ages. There are bitters for every taste and mood: cucumber, cherry, honey and hyssop, citrus, and even chocolate.
Go for it! Start drinking!