The Earth is full of it. We love to swim in it, bathe in it, and feel its warmth or coolness. It can become ice, mist, rain, snow and a powerful force used to provide electricity. It is stirred up in hurricanes, floods our neighborhoods, relieves our farms from drought.
It is amazing. It is part of our vitality as a world and an individual.
Do you start your day with water? Most of my clients complain that they can’t stand to drink plain water first thing in the morning. They say it upsets their stomach or doesn’t taste good. My husband was one of those people. He could barely take a sip without complaining that it upset his stomach. Key word-was.
I would ask these clients what they had the first thing in the morning. Coffee was usually the response. Coffee over water? Really? Now I get the desire to be on the “same playing field” as everyone else who jump starts their day with a bit of Joe but that desire isn’t a need, it’s a want. You can actually function better with the adrenal killing Joe out of your system. There are arguments for both the pro’s and con’s of coffee and I’ll save those for another day. For now, we’re going back to the basics to get you excited about water again.
Water is your bodies best friend. Yes we’ve all heard the stories of someone who has overdone it and actually died from drinking too much and depleting their electrolytes. (Radio contest mom trying to win a game machine for her boys.) But that was the exception and not the norm. Most likely you are not drinking enough.
Often people will feel ailments that can be cured with a glass of water. If my child has a headache, the first thing I tell them is to down a glass of water, then come back and tell me how they feel. Works every time. We forget how important it is to stay hydrated.
A lack of water in your body will signal your body that you may be on the verge of dehydration. Dehydration then can manifest itself in various ways: general, overall fatigue, headaches, skin breakouts (boo hiss!) headaches, bad breath and sluggish mental capabilities.
Do you want clear, vibrant skin? Bright eyes? Regular bowel movements? Cells that do what they are supposed to do even in the worst conditions? Drink water.
I usually start my day with one full glass of room temperature water that I set out the night before. This slowly wakes up your system and helps pull toxins out of your body. It prepares your body for the adventure of your life that day. I’m not going to tell you how much you need, the jury is out and you can find advice all over the web for amounts needed for women, men children and level of activity. Usually your first sip will tell you how much you need. You will begin to crave it. Soda, juices or coffee cannot satisfy like water.
Start today. Create a goal to drink more water throughout your daily grind. Keep it with you at all times. I bet you’ll start to feel more awake and alive. Below are a few ideas for different ways to jazz up your water habit. Feel free to email me with more ideas and I’ll post them here!
Hot, warm or cool try them any way you like! (Lukewarm is easier on your digestion.)
Lemon water-obvious choice hot or cool. Slice 2-3 organic lemons and infuse your water pitcher with its healing and surprisingly alkalining benefits.
Cucumber water-slice a whole organic cucumber into a pitcher of water (if your feeling lazy like me don’t bother peeling or removing seeds). Another option is to cut the cucumber into chunks and blend it with 3-4 cups of water. Drink right away or chill in ice-cube trays for use later.
Cilantro Lime Water-Place a few fresh sprigs of cilantro and a couple of sliced limes into your pitcher. Perfect for a mexican or indian meal when trying to keep things lite!
Citrus splash-put 3-4 cups of water in your blender with the juice of one orange, one lemon and one lime. Blend and enjoy.
Mint-I love mint. Hopefully you have some growing in your garden or window box. Put a few sprigs in your water picture and if your feeling really crazy add in the juice of a few limes. I’d serve this with Thai summer rolls because I’m just a little wild.
Lemon balm-just sprigs in the water or go crazy and make lemonade out of this by juicing lemons and adding a sweetener like agave or stevia to taste.
Try any herb in water for a new-found love. I’ve had rosemary and thyme water and even basil and mint water. Jennifer Murray from about.com and Vegan Fusion first introduced me to the wide world of water flavors. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box on this one. But the point is to keep it simple using only nature’s basics. Learn to love the flavors for what they are and you will soon be feeling like the hostess with the mostess when you serve up your latest concoction to unsuspecting friends!
Any other ideas on perfect water bliss? Send them my way and I’ll give credit where credit is due!