Your Most Important Nutrient – Water

Our body is made up of sixty percent water. It is the most essential nutrient for our body to maintain all vital chemical reactions for life. Hence, health care professionals keep pounding the importance of drinking enough water every day.

The amount of exercise and activities you do, where you live, and your sex and age all affect your hydration needs. But despite the varying requirements of different people, everyone needs water. In fact, water is important to every one of our body’s essential functions; it carries nutrients to your body’s cells, aids in digestion, and flushes toxins out of the body. One of the most reliable health organizations, Institute of Medicine, recommends that men drink 3 liters (13 cups) of total beverages every day, and women drink 2.2 liters (9 cups). Beverages do not include caffeinated and alcoholic drinks because they dehydrate you.

Many of my clients tell me that they don’t like drinking water because it doesn’t taste ‘good’. Our palettes have been so trained to have sugars in most of our beverages. These sugars we ingest from such drinks are not from natural sources. Instead, they come from processed and manufactured sugars and from sugar substitutes. They are addictive and affect the body in a negative way. Therefore, I recommend sticking to water for a healthier and disease-free life.

Although all carbohydrates break down into sugar within our bodies, they do so at different rates and in different ways depending on the source. Our pancreas and liver can’t handle these man-made sugars as readily.  This can lead to diabetes and increase our insulin levels from the sugar. Read my blog about “There’s nothing free about free sugar”.

My alternative to commercially flavoured waters is to make your own – a much healthier option filled with anti-oxidants.

Here are a few water recipes that will enable you to get the benefits of water while still enjoying flavours that we usually find in sweetened pop, teas and juice boxes. You can also watch my Flavoured Water YouTube video to show you how to make it.

Natural 7-Up/Sprite

Ingredients

  • Half a lemon
  • Half a lime
  • water (fizzy or flat)

Recipe

Squeeze all the citrus ingredients into one pitcher Pour the fizzy water over the ingredients and put it in the fridge to chill for an hour

HINT: To pay tribute to flavoured waters I’ve tasted in Europe – add herbs such as mint and basil to the water.

Dr. Elizabeth Stavros N.D. Recommends Nutrient Support

Organic Greens and Reds powder is a healthful supplement for those who wish to supplement their diet with this concentrated phytonutrient blend of grasses, vegetables and botanicals. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, offer protective sulforophane compounds known for their ability to induce phase 2 detoxifying enzymes

Author: Elaine Chin

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