Water! Water makes up about 60 percent of our body weight and every part of our system depends upon that water. We use water to flush toxins out of organs, transport nutrients to cells, to breakdown our food, regulate our body temperature, lubricate around joints, to eliminate waste and as a shock absorber for eyes, brain and spinal cord.
Lack of water can lead to lack of energy and general tiredness, which none of us have time for, yet almost 75% of us are dehydrated most of the time. Even being mildly dehydrated can slow the metabolism by as much as 3% and cause short-term memory problems resulting in difficulty focusing (like on a computer screen).
So how much water (or beverages & food that contain water) should you be drinking? Well, the Institute of Medicine says that a man should have 13 cups a day while a woman should have about 9 cups. Holy cow!
Now the good news is that when drinking even 5 glasses of water a day you can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%. And by drinking the recommended amount you can significantly ease back and joint pain, which is especially important as you get older.
All those interesting facts above lead me to the infused water recipe and suggestions for other flavored waters that I am writing about today. It is hard to get that many liquids into your body a day unless you stand over the sink and just keep pouring water down your throat. Sounds pleasant doesn’t it? ugh! Well, besides my other favorite beverage, coffee, it is easier to drink my 7 or so glasses of water if it has a little flavor in it. Not only do these easy-to-make yummy waters provide that all important substance but give you some incidental vitamins and minerals too.
I’d love to hear about any spa waters that you have concocted. Just drop me a comment below and we’ll share with our fellow water-deprived humans. So drink up and enjoy!
Strawberry Mint Spa Water
- 10-12 strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 gallon filtered water
Place strawberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a half gallon pitcher. Fill with filtered water. Stir, cover and place in refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours prior to drinking. At the end of the day, refill with more filtered water. You can do this for 2-3 days before having to make fresh.
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