Refreshing Water – the solution to hot days, for a delightful non-alcoholic drink or an aid to drink more water!
So Simple – So Good!
When talking health and wellness one of the first topics I bring up is drinking plenty of clean water. So many people comment that they don’t like the taste of water.
Well, water is so important to our bodies that this simply cannot be an excuse!
Here are some solutions that you’re sure to enjoy and your body with thank you for the effort. Oh, by the way, I’ve provided a short-cut version also.
Free of Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, Corn, Eggs, Soy
1 large pitcher of water
*Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes for flavors to enhance the water.
*Use all organic and/or farm-raised ingredients.
1 large pitcher purified water
1/2 Organic Orange, sliced with skin on
1/2 Organic Lemon or Lime, sliced with skin on
1/2 Organic Cucumber, ideally seeds removed, sliced with skin on
Wash the fruit and cucumbers.
Add sliced orange, lemon, and cucumber to water. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.
*** See my Short-cut Alternative
Body-type and Wellness Insights
You’ve probably heard that a person needs a minimum of one-half their body weight in ounces of water per day. That’s if they’re not working out, cleansing, pregnant, nursing or putting other extra stress on their body.
This means that a person who weights 150 lbs needs 75 oz. of water per day or, basically 2.5 quarts per day.
0.5 x (body weight in pounds) = number of ounces of water
0.5 x 150 = 75 fluid ounces
…Which is about 2.5 quarts per day
There are 32 fluid ounces in a quart and 128 fluid ounces in a US gallon
***Ok, so what’s the short-cut that I promised?
When in a pinch, I add Therapeutic Grade Essential oils to my water if I need a change or something refreshing.
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are fit for consumption (note, not all oils can be used internally). My favorites to add to my water are: Citrus Fresh, Tangerine, Orange, Lemon, and Peppermint. If you are taking prescription medications be sure to check with your pharmacist before ingesting essential oils. Use only metal or glass containers when adding oils to your water as these oils can break down plastics- plus, it tastes better!
These citrus fruits also have the added benefits of naturally cooling the body and supporting healthy liver function.
Add just a couple of drops to your large glass or container of water, sip and enjoy!
A note on water:
The information and studies on the best sources of water have changed regularly over the years and we have tried all kinds of solutions to have healthy water.
At our house, we have gone from carbon and UV filtering well water (when we had well water), to buying Reverse Osmosis water at the store, to installing an expensive RO system, to now buying spring water.
At the beginning of this journey, we looked into getting water at a local spring. There is a well-known natural spring near us in Minnesota on, yes, Spring Road. We were elated at first that such a treasured source could be relatively so near, but as I researched more, I did not feel comfortable about diving into this idea.
While the source was tested by the city for safety, the efficacy of the water could not be guaranteed. I spoke with the city official who worked in this department and I gained what I felt was some helpful information.
This spring is located in a narrow gorge that once must have poured water from the ancient shore of a tributary to what is now the Minnesota river.
The spring is in a populated Twin City suburb, and the city official explained that while the spring does indeed “spring” forth from the ground, it is more likely run-off water from streets and fertilized lawns that comes from the surrounding steep hills these days, than the naturally filtered water we might have enjoyed many years ago.
This made a lot of sense to me, and while I desired the naturally mineralized water from a spring; I also did not want to inadvertently contaminate our family.
Years and filtration systems later, we came upon this solution.
We have ordered Mountain Valley spring water from a local distributor. Part of this solution came about because we now live in a suburban area where we can receive delivery of the large 5-gallon glass bottles.
Since we have switched from our RO water to this spring water my husband and I have felt aches, pains and even nagging “moods” go away. I’m not exaggerating… I don’t do that…
Since I’m asked so often what we do for water, I thought I’d share.
I will update this when and if this changes.
We are currently using is the Berkey filtration system with the fluoride filters.