By: Kathy Best – June 24, 2019
Most of us take water for granted. We bathe in it, wash our clothes in it, swim in it, cook with it, wash our dishes with it, and drink it, but how much do you really know about the benefits of drinking plenty of clean, filtered water or the side effects of not drinking enough clean, filtered water?
Drinking the right amount of water for your body is fundamental to overall health.
- Powers your Cells
- Decreases Fatigue
- Smooths and softens Skin
- Supports Digestion
- Prevents Constipation
- Supports Weight Loss
- Slows aging
- Helps Lubricate Joints
- Can help Lessen Joint Pain
- Boosts Metabolism
- Aids in Hormone and Neurotransmitter Production
In our busy lives water often takes a backseat until we are already severely dehydrated. Quite often we mistake dehydration and thirst for hunger and wind up eating instead of drinking a big glass of water, which would boost our energy and mood while relieving our mistaken hunger. Not drinking enough water can lead to a host of consequences.
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Fuzzy Thinking
- Muscle Spasms
- Allergy Symptoms
- High Blood Pressure
- Dry Skin
- Poor Digestion
If you don’t enjoy the taste of water try adding frozen fruit, fresh lemon or lime juice, liquid stevia, fresh ginger or cucumber, mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, lavender, fresh orange juice, or fresh watermelon. Get creative and get an infusion pitcher if you are going to use fruit or herbs that you don’t want to eat. Once you start drinking more water you’ll be surprised at how quickly it grows on you. Make sure to drink enough for your body weight. Simply take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That will be the number of ounces per day you should be drinking. Example: for someone who weighs 150 pounds, half of that is 75, so they should be drinking about 75 ounces of water per day.
A great recipe for helping reduce bloat, belly fat, and improve digestion is a mixture of clean filtered water, fresh cucumber, fresh mint, fresh ginger, and fresh lemon or lime juice. Make a pitcher of this water and drink it every day.
- 1 gallon of water
- juice of 1 lemon or lime,
- half of a large fresh cucumber sliced,
- about 3 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into pieces to release the natural healing power
- a handful of fresh spearmint leaves
Choose organic produce and make sure to wash everything thoroughly, even the exterior of the lemon and cucumber before you slice them. You can add the lemon halves to the water after squeezing all of the juice out, just remove seeds first. Gently bruise the spearmint leaves to release their flavor. Refrigerate and allow infusion to sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. Should be consumed within three days and a new batch created on the fourth day. You can adjust the amounts according to your personal taste if you prefer a less minty flavor or less ginger flavor, etc.
Here are some of the benefits of lemons, cucumbers, ginger , and spearmint:
Lemons are a very healing fruit that contain remarkable antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamins B, C and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. They help to cleanse and detoxify the whole body.
Lemons have an acidic taste but they actually help alkalize blood, cells, lymph, organs, and tissues. Lemons help destroy certain bacteria in the mouth and intestines which can alleviate constipation, flatulence, and indigestion. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which can dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and help fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer.
Lemons are also rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemon juice is particularly beneficial for colds, coughs, sore throats, hiccups, ear infections, fevers, arthritis, heart disease, COPD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders, stroke, and cancer. Topically, lemon juice is a great remedy for wrinkles, warts, toothaches, corns, sunburns, poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, and as a hair rinse and facial astringent.₁
Cucumbers are highly alkalinizing and hydrating. They are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium. Cucumbers are also packed with antioxidants and enzymes which help to digest proteins and destroy parasites and tapeworms. The high chlorophyll and lignan content in the cucumber skin makes it a fantastic anti-cancer food. It can be particularly helpful in reducing the risk of estrogen related cancers like breast, uterus, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
The high fiber content of cucumbers makes it an excellent remedy for constipation. Cucumbers are also one of the best natural diuretics around, aiding in the excretion of wastes through the kidneys and helping to dissolve uric acid accumulations like kidney and bladder stones.
Cucumbers have wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits which can significantly benefit autoimmune and neurological disorders. Applied externally they can also help diminish eye swelling and puffiness. The fiber and nutrients in cucumbers help to massage the gums and remove bad bacteria from the teeth.
The high silica content in cucumbers promotes strong healthy hair and nails earning them the reputation as being a “beautifying” food. Fresh cucumber juice has the ability to cleanse and detox the entire body and help alleviate digestive problems like gastritis, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers.
Cucumber is ideal for hydrating the body because it contains beneficial electrolytes that can bring nutrients and water deep into the cells and tissues making it far more effective than water alone. Fresh cucumber juice is also an excellent remedy for reducing fever in children.₂
Ginger is one of the most important tools for giving ourselves respite from reactive states like ongoing stress. Ginger is the ultimate antispasmodic. A cup of ginger tea can calm an upset stomach and relax any other areas of tension for up to 12 hours. Ginger acts as a tonic for the organs and muscles, telling the body that it can let go, that everything is under control. If your throat muscles are tight from speaking or yelling too much, or from having to hold in something you wish you could say, ginger is an amazing relaxant for the area. It also helps relieve tension headaches and flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue into the bloodstream and out of the body. It’s not just strenuous exercise that causes the release of lactic acid; stress does, too. If you work or live in a stressful environment that stress is pumping lactic acid through your muscles. If you don’t have time, energy, or a space to exercise or otherwise release stress regularly that lactic acid can build up in your joints and tissues.
Ginger’s has more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity from stress. Ginger is also antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic. Ginger is also ideal for stress resistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of your body’s production of B12, and so much more. Ginger can help adrenal fatigue, gallstones, sleep apnea, and insomnia, migraines, colds, thyroid disease, SIBO, eczema, psoriasis, ALS, all types of cancer, sinusitis, ear infections, arthritis, shingles and a host of other illnesses. It helps relieve muscle spasms and cramps, TMJ, anxiousness, stomach cramps and pain, nausea, acid reflux, cough, congestion, fatigue, brain fog, incontinence, food allergies, weight gain, and so much more.₃
Spearmint is a sweet, mild herb packed with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants A, C, B-complex, beta carotene, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and potassium. Spearmint is excellent for digestive conditions such as nausea, indigestion, ulcers, halitosis, and flatulence. Spearmint can also help relieve headaches, sinus congestion, sore throats, fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Spearmint can help improve blood circulation and rev metabolism making it an exceptional choice for cleansing and weight loss. Spearmint is also beneficial for respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory inflammation.₄