Summer is here. You know what that means. HEAT! So here is your reminder to drink lots of water. Water! Water! Water! How much is enough? 8 glasses, 10, 14 or more? It all depends on you. The rule of thumb in nutrition training is to take your body weight in pounds and divide it by 2. This gives you the minimum amount of water you ought to drink on a daily basis. If you are physically active, pregnant, breast feeding your body will require more to function properly. I know some days after drinking 5 glasses of water it feels as if I’ve drunk 50. Along with the “flip-flop” of my sandals I’m sure everyone can hear the “swish-swish” of my water logged body.
Water is important for flushing toxins and cellular garbage out of our internal systems. The more you drink the more efficiently you cleans. Our bodies will store water when not given enough. Hello…water retention! Drink more water; and as your body accepts you as a reliable source for replenishment it will automatically let go of any excess. Along with the toxins and cellular garbage water will also flush minerals from our internal systems. These minerals are essential for the optimal functioning of your beautiful body. You need to replace them. Good sources include: fruits, vegetables, apple cider vinegar, kelp, and herbs such as alfalfa, watercress, nettles, parsley, dandelion leaves and roots and red clover blossoms. Yes, some days it is difficult to “drink more water” hence the creation of my herbal cool-aid. When I first made this brew comments ranged from “Ugh! What is that stuff?” to “I hope you’re making that for the cats!”. Happily these comments have changed to “Hey! who drank it all?” and “When are you going to make that hippy drink again?”. It’s refreshing, colourful and simple to make.
Here is our favourite recipe:
- Place 1 teaspoon each alfalfa leaves, nettle leaves, rosehips cut into small pieces, hibiscus flowers, red clover blossoms and lemongrass into a muslin bag or loose in a pitcher or large jar. For extra ease use these herbs in tea bag form. 1 bag per teaspoon.
- Add 6 cups of filtered water (1 cup for each teaspoon of herbs or tea bag) and cover with cheesecloth or lid.
- Let sit in the sun for a couple of hours, cool , remove herbs and refrigerate. Or place it directly in the refrigerator, leave overnight and remove the herbs in the morning.
- Put the herbs in your composter.
- To the now mineral rich water add 2 cups of unsweetened organic apple juice or a sweetener of your choice.
Have fun trying your own combinations and enjoy!