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; everyone’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.
We call this Sassy Water, in honor of its creator, former 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.
The Sassy Water Recipe
- 2 liters water (about 8½ c)
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 med cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 med lemon, thinly sliced
- 12 sm spearmint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher by the end of each day.