Did you know that your body is made up of about 65-90% of water! That means as human beings we must stay on top of our water usage in order to attain a healthy physique. This also means we will drink a TON of water in our lifetime so by the age of 80 you might have consumed 14600 gallons of water!! If you’re already a huge water drinker here are a couple ways to add some pizzaz and flavour to your daily drink. If not, maybe these tips will encourage you to drink up those daily 8 glasses!
Add lemon to your water! Lemon is a superfood containing immense health benefits. It’s filled with antioxidants and helps build immunity in your system. Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, bioflavanoids, pectin, limonene and citric acid can be found in this sunshine coloured little fruit. Lemons also help in the digestion process, combating gastrointestinal disease and aiding in weight management. Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons, and recent research has confirmed this belief! If you don’t like the bitterness of lemon, try adding less lemon juice, or sweeten things up a bit by adding a pinch of organic honey, agave, even maple syrup and if you want to spice things up a bit try slicing up some ginger or adding lavender to the mix!
The first time I tried cucumber in my water was at Vancouver’s delicious and lovely Lebanese restaurant Nuba . Ever since then I’ve been hooked on this simple water enhancer. It’s strange because I am not a cucumber fan at all and it has taken a while for this interesting shaped fruit (yes botanically speaking it is a fruit!) to grow on me but it really just makes water taste so incredibly refreshing and not the slightest bit boring!
Cucumbers are filled with potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, molybdenum, folate and encourages healthy digestion.
Strawberrrrrrries are just another one of natures many blessings. Try adding some sliced strawberries and even add some mint to your water to give it a happy summery taste. Strawberries boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, combat wrinkles and are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C! By adding mint leaves to your water you’ll also get some extra help for the liver, calm indigestion and receive the benefits of menthol, menthone, menthofuran, a-pinene, limonene, cardinene, acetic aldehide, isovaleriana, vitamin C and antibiotic substances… ah yes and even your breathe will stay fresh!
Love Chikum XO