Monday, February 28, 2011

Water, true nectar of the gods.

Health benefits of water:

Water is crucial to your health. It makes up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water.

The human body, which is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water (lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat), is in need of constant water replenishment.
Your lungs expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal breathing - even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, that's six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about two cups of water (which doesn't include exercise-induced perspiration).

A person would have to lose 10 percent of her body weight in fluids to be considered dehydrated, but as little as two percent can affect athletic performance, cause tiredness and dull critical thinking abilities. Adequate water consumption can help lessen the chance of kidney stones, keep joints lubricated, prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu and help prevent constipation.

How much water do you need?
Every day you lose water through sweating - noticeable and unnoticeable - exhaling, urinating and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you need to replace this water by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. So how much water, or more precisely fluid, do you need?
This isn't an easy question to answer. A healthy adult's daily fluid intake can vary widely. Most people drink fluid to quench thirst, to supply perceived water needs and "out of habit." At least three approaches estimate total fluid (water) needs for healthy, sedentary adults living in a temperate climate.


Here are three simple, beautiful, Spa Water recepies to entice you to drink more water throughout the day:

RASPBERRY MIST

In addition to their excellent flavor, raspberries are full of strong antioxidants and possess anti-cancer properties. Limes, known as an immune system boosting fruit, add a vitamin-packed zest. This citrus is helpful in fighting colds, the flu, and recurrent ear infections.”

Ingredients:
3 cartons of raspberries
4 limes, thinly sliced
4 cups ice
Water

Instructions:
1.  Layer your beverage pitcher with lime slices and raspberries. Add ice. Repeat until the server is full. Pour water over the ice and fruit.

**Note: If you are using a beverage server, do not use frozen berries – they tend to break up and clog the spigot of the server.

LAVENDER SCENTED ORANGE

Lavender is such a versatile herb. It relieves tension and stress naturally, while promoting relaxation and aiding in overcoming insomnia. You can use its leaves and flowers for sachets, and mix stems with vinegar or white sugar to make herbal vinegars and sugars, bath oils, and homemade soaps. Paired with orange zest and slices, this herbal and citrus water is fragrant and delicious.”

Ingredients:
4 sprigs organic lavender
4 oranges, zested (colored part only)
4 tsp sugar (or agave nectar)
2 quarts water

Instructions:
1.In a large pot, combine lavender, orange zest from two oranges, sugar, and water. Heat to a boil. Remove from stove to cool.

2.Strain before serving. Pour cooled water in beverage server; add sliced oranges and lavender sprigs.


KAPHA BALANCING

Herb-infused waters tout health benefits galore. Ginger reduces symptoms associated with motion sickness, such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating. Many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reduction in their pain levels and improvement in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Basil helps with cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, thus improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms.

Ingredients:
3 basil leaves
2 thin slices of ginger
¼ tsp ginger
½ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp coriander seeds
2 quarts water

Instructions:
1.Boil water for five minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
2.Pour in a thermos and sip the water hot or warm throughout the day.


I wish you all peace and good health!
~Lilly. =)




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