Make Water Yummier in Summer

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It's hot. You may assume that because we're in forestish land on the top of a mountain we'd get some relief.
Nope.
When it's hot, you should hydrate as much as possible - and not only because you're sweating and thereby losing a lot of your regular water, but also because you want your pores to stay clean, your digestion to stay regular, and your mood to be as far from monstrous as possible.
(That's a hard bet, depending on how well you deal with heat. I, for instance, and totally cool with it - pun intended. I'm built for tropical weather. Ask me how I'm doing in January, however, and you're likely to get a growl in return. Don't say I didn't warn you.)
Hydrating is easier done, for most of us, when drinking something with a little flavor. Water is fine, yeah, sure, but many folks are trying their best to come off of soda, juice, or sweet tea addictions. Or those drinks that carry yucky chemicals that we're now finding can cause cancer. And that were billed as healthy alternatives for sugar for so long. Fabulous. So yes, water is good, but if you'd like a little something extra, this is an inexpensive, quick, easy, and alkalizing (amazing for your body) way to dress up that water that you should be sipping on all day long as the sun beats down on you.
 
Terry and I discovered this trick while on our honeymoon last year in Florida. We were at our all time favorite restaurant, and were delighted when we discovered that they gave each table a carafe of water with a few slices of lemon and cucumber in each.
 
The subtle scent and flavor that comes from the lemon and cucumber infuse your water with just a hint of yumminess - not enough to get sick of, but enough to keep you coming back for more rather than thinking,
"Ugh, water."
(You know you do it sometimes.)
A few slices in a glass of water will last you all day because the peels and flesh will release their flavors into the water slowly, so you can keep refilling the liquid all day and use the same bits of fruit.
 
 
So give it a go and see what you think. You can go restaurant style and keep a carafe in the fridge, or just keep filling your glass - and you don't have to use as much as is in the pictures here, I went a bit overboard (although it still cost me probably less than 50 cents to drink flavored water all day.)
I think it works like a summery charm.

Enjoy!

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