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Hydrate with infused waters and iced tea

 

The sun has been out and it’s really felt like summer (well until the rain recently!) Everywhere on the tube there are signs telling you to carry a bottle of water, to stay hydrated. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll find plain water, well, dull! I know how great it is for your skin and health, as Louise from U & Your Skin explains…

“…Since the body is made up of 73% water it goes without saying it’s a vital component and we should be looking to take on board at least two litres of good fluid per day.  This could in the form of water, decaf herbal teas, water giving fuit and veg, and freshly pressed juices.

For the skin, water will reduce fluid retention, clear toxins and aid digestion, all of which, if left to stagnate, can attribute to skin issues such as acne, dryness, eczema and psoriasis…”

But it just needs jazzing up a bit!  So I started drinking infused waters and iced tea (using fruit and herbal teas as caffeine really doesn’t like me) and I wanted to share some of these with you.

Strawberry, cucumber and thyme infused water - Amanda Karen Photography

Amazing infused waters:

  • Lime, mint and blueberry (works without the blueberries too)
  • Cucumber, strawberry and thyme
  • Grapefruit and rosemary

Top tips

  • Slightly bruise any botanicals / herbs and slightly mash any of the fruit to release the flavours
  • These can be stored in a fridge for about a week, although they never last that long

Delicious iced tea recipes from Teapigs

I love Teapigs tea so it was exciting to discover their blog has loads of recipes on.  Again these are really easy to make and my favourite combinations from their site are:

  • Liquorice and mint tea (the liquorice provides a lot of natural sweetness)
  • Super fruit tea with two handfuls of fresh berries, the fruit of 2 passion fruits.
  • Lemon and ginger tea with some lemon zest, and if you’re a real ginger lover, a litte graing fo that too!
  • Apple and cinnamon with a touch of honey (tastes a bit Christmassy, shhhh!)
  • Rhubarb and ginger tea, again with a dash of honey and some extra berries to make it pretty.

For each glass, simply add one tea bag and add freshly boiled water so that it just covers the bag, allow to brew for about 5 minutes. Then top up with cold water and ice, along with any berries or the like for extra flavour

Limes and blueberries - Amanda Karen Photography

I would love to hear your favourite refreshing drinks as I’m always keen to try new flavours!

Amanda x

 

Information courtesy of Louise Thomas-Minns Celebrity Skin Therapist & founder of www.uandyourskin.co.uk

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