Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sassy Water

Yesterday I stumbled upon an article from the flat belly diet on sassy water. I decided to make a batch of it last night to drink today. So far I am enjoying the taste of the water. Prevention magazine states:

You've probably heard that you need about eight glasses of water a day for adequate hydration. Drinking water and even eating "watery" foods like melon, greens, and other fruits and vegetables has enormous health benefits, including warding off fatigue. But perhaps the most important belly benefit of proper hydration is how it helps maintain your body's proper fluid balance and guard against water retention. It also helps prevent constipation, which can cause bloating.

Eight glasses of water is just a guideline; every one's fluid needs vary according to activity level and body. But eight is a good starting point. All fluids (and water-packed foods) count toward your overall fluid intake, but bear in mind that not all of these fluids are permitted on the Flat Belly Diet's Four-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart.

During the Jumpstart, you're required to drink one full recipe of Sassy Water. We call it Sassy Water, in honor of its creator Prevention nutrition director Cynthia Sass, and because it's a heck of a lot perkier than plain old water. But the ingredients aren't just for flavor: The ginger also helps calm and soothe your GI tract. Even more important: The simple act of making this Sassy Water every day will serve as a reminder during the 4-Day Jumpstart that life is a little bit different, that things are going to change. It will help you focus on the task ahead: Getting a flatter belly once and for all.

To make:

2 liters (3 1/2 pints) water1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced1 medium lemon, thinly sliced12 mint leaves Combine all ingredients in a large jug, chill in the refrigerator and let the flavours blend overnight.

I will let you all know how this works. If anything it adds a little tang to my everyday water. But since I have to squeeze into a dress on the 29th for my uncles wedding if I loose a little bloat then even better :)

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