Bare Flask Infusions with Steph Lowe

By Steph -

The importance of drinking water every day cannot be underestimated.

Hydration is essential for every cellular function, including an efficient metabolism and optimal exercise recovery.


Strawberry+Cucumber+Mint_Infusion

Hydration needs to be a daily priority, as it’s what you do every day that counts. Here are our top 4 tips:

  1. Aim to consume 2-2.5L of water per day.
  2. When it comes to exercise, consume another 500 millilitres for every hour you complete.
  3. One of the best ways to hydrate is with water, lemon and sea salt to accelerate absorption. Simply add half to one lemon and a pinch of salt to 1-2 water bottles that you fill each day. This is also really helpful if you are not used to drinking this volume of fluid, as enhanced absorption is essential to decrease your toilet trips while your body adjusts to your new daily volume.
  4. During active recovery, do not wait until you are thirsty. The easiest way is to sip regularly (e.g. at 15 minute intervals). If you find you often forget to hydrate, set an alarm to remind you.

What about coconut water?

The natural sugars and electrolytes can be beneficial after an intense exercise session but it is important to know that coconut water is high in potassium and contains minimal sodium, so it should not be your sole means of replacing sweat losses. In addition, one serve contains 15g of carbohydrates, so it is not to be treated like water. One to two serves per week is sufficient.


What about sports drinks?

The reality is that most commercial sports drinks are full of artificial sugar, preservatives and colours, and there are much better options for your hydration, and health and wellness goals. We’ve created a great 28 friendly homemade sports drink for you, appropriate for hydration during, or part of your replenishment for active recovery sessions greater than 2 hours in duration.


Can I drink anything other than water?

Absolutely, and two really simple ideas are water infusion and iced teas.


Ginger+Lemon_Infusion

Water Infusions

Our favourite ideas are:

  • Strawberry, cucumber and mint
  • Pomegranate seeds, lime and blueberries
  • Ginger and lemon

Recipe: Strawberry, Cucumber and Mint Water Infusion

Ingredients:

  • 400ml filtered water
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced
  • 6 sprigs of mint

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Bare Blends' The Bare Flask and allow to infuse for 5 minutes before consuming.

lemon thyme iced tea

Iced Teas

Our favourite ideas are:

  • Lemon Thyme Iced Tea
  • Iced Green Tea

Recipe: Lemon Thyme Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 black tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 sprigs lemon thyme
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • Ice

Method:

  1. In a large sauce place water together with lemon thyme, cinnamon stick and juice and zest of two lemons. Bring slowly to the boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and add tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
  4. Strain and serve over ice.

  5. water infusion




Steph Lowe is a Sports Nutritionist, triathlete, founder of The Natural Nutritionist, a hub for celebrating the importance of real food, and author of The Real Food Athlete. With a passion for spreading a positive message about real food and the incredible affect it has on performance, Steph launched The Natural Nutritionist in 2011 and is on a mission to inspire others to make health a priority in their lives. Steph’s extensive nutritional experience spans from elite athletes, to schools, and corporations, where she has worked with the likes of Grill’d to develop new menu items, and Savills where she educated corporates about real food for productivity and performance in the workplace. Along with self-publishing her first book, The Real Food Athlete, and running The Natural Nutritionist, Steph is also the resident Nutritionist in Sam Wood’s online program, 28 by Sam Wood, and is the creator of five eBooks available on her website.

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