The more I talk about my chronic problem with dehydration, the more I realize I’m not alone. I know so many women who, like me, have trouble staying hydrated every day.
Women and hydration: why is it so important to drink enough each day? Dehydration can spark a myriad of health issues, from headaches and fatigue to indigestion, heartburn, and trouble with kidney function. And lack of hydration during pregnancy can be even more serious, including complications like urinary tract infections and even preterm labor. In a pregnant body, water is essential to the distribution of nutrients for both mom and baby, and the need for extra fluids extends throughout the breastfeeding experience, too.
Quite simply, dehydration is unhealthy and dangerous.
There are lots of reasons we don’t drink enough. For some of us, it’s time. We’re busy, and running all day, and while we might remember coffee in the morning and even a little wine at night (who me?!) it’s far too easy to forget to drink throughout the day. For some of us, it’s health concerns. Most of the beverage options on the market are chock full of ingredients we don’t want, from loads of sugar and calories to unhealthy artificial sweeteners, chemicals and caffeine – all things that aren’t so good for unborn or nursing babies (or moms, for that matter!)
When I was pregnant and too a diuretic for high blood pressure along with medication for gestational diabetes, I truly felt like there were no options for me. Water just go so old, lemon or no lemon. That’s when I fell in love with Perrier. Perrier bridges the gap between plain water and the other soft drinks on the market by providing just the right balance of hydration and sparkle, with a hint of all-natural flavor. Perrier is even more refreshing now that it’s available in Original, Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime (definitely grab the grapefruit if you can!)
The taste of unsweetened sparkling water takes a little getting used to if your palate is expecting a sweet drink, but in no time that lack of sweetness is quite a welcome change. The sparkle in Perrier also helps with nausea in those early months when queasiness is common. I drink mine plain over lots of ice, or with just a splash of juice. Now that I’ve gotten used to less-sweet beverages, I look forward to early summer when my Mom’s rhubarb patch makes this not-too-sweet, not-too-tart recipe possible. If you have some extra rhubarb, give it a try! It doesn’t get much more refreshing, especially when you drink it on the porch.
Honeyed Rhubarb Spritzer featuring Perrier
- 2 lbs. fresh rhubarb
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- Original Perrier
Gather rhubarb and clean well. Cut off ends and chop into 1″ pieces. Place pieces in a large saucepan on medium heat. Watch closely and stir often as rhubarb cooks. As it softens, it will release juice. Continue to cook on low heat until all rhubarb is soft and broken down.
Remove from heat and strain rhubarb into a large cup. Press cooked rhubarb through a fine strainer until all liquid is released (should yield approx. 1 cup). Stir honey into liquid while hot. Allow to cool.
Once cool, pour one part rhubarb concentrate over ice, then add 2 parts Perrier. Add a rhubarb stalk for stirring and enjoy!