If you ask me, drinking water is the “gold standard” for staying hydrated. It’s cool and refreshing, and it’s essential to your health. It can even keep your skin glowing and help you control your weight.
Now with spring in the air, the prospect of much warmer and sunnier days are around the corner… and on those days in particular it’s hard to resist reaching for something other than water to quench your thirst.
Before you crack open a sugary fizzy drink, reconsider an old homemade favourite. It’s time to make some lemonade!
I’m not talking about one of those powders you scoop out into a pitcher… or lemon “drinks” full of high fructose corn syrup… because to get the maximum benefits of lemonade, you’re going to have to squeeze some real lemons.
Since lemonade contains a lot of water, it does replenish your body with fluids. And lemon juice is packed with vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants.
But you can take your lemonade to another level by combining it with other miraculous ingredients that can give it SUPERPOWERS!
Here are six options for you:
1. Watermelon: Watermelon is a good source of lycopene, a super antioxidant also found in tomatoes that can combat high blood pressure and heart disease.
2. Peppermint: Add fresh mint leaves to lemonade on its own, or muddle them with fruit to brighten up your lemonade. Spritz in a little natural sparkling mineral water, and you’ve got a “mocktail” that’s also a great way to supercharge your brain.
3. Edible flowers: Passionflower is known for its calming properties, and hibiscus flowers have been shown to help lower blood pressure (as well as provide a nice flavour).
4. Tea: Half iced tea mixed with half lemonade is also a great way to pack even more antioxidants into a delicious elixir. For something a little different and even healthier, try it with green tea.
5. Coffee: You love lemonade and you love coffee, but it might sound a bit crazy to combine the two. Believe it or not, it tastes good – and it can boost your immune system, since coffee is known to fight colon cancer, diabetes, and even Parkinson’s disease.
6. Beer: A summer “shandy,” which is beer mixed with juice from citrus fruits like lemons or oranges, is commonly enjoyed in many pubs across Europe. Beer has been shown to help combat heart disease, and cutting it with lemonade is a great way to get the health benefits without overdoing it.
Use filtered water and only organic fruits and other ingredients to reduce your exposure to toxins and make your lemon tonic as nutritious as possible. And don’t load up on sugar, whether it’s the real stuff or the fake powder in those coloured packets. Since lemons can be pretty tart on their own, try using organic “Stevia”, organic honey, real maple syrup or xylitol instead.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing