Cheers! These non-alcoholic thirst quenchers are sure to please a crowd and even yourself. I’ll tell you the ingredients in a moment. First, I want you to know proper hydration is so important for your health. Your 30-40 trillion cells all need water to live. The average adult male is about 60 percent water, while the average adult woman is about 55 percent water.
About three-quarters of your brain is comprised of water. Dehydration can cause fatigue and decreased brain function. It can also affect your mood. When you are dehydrated your brain shrinks.
You may not know that:
- Effects of dehydration on your brain:
- Affects your mood
- Reduces your cognitive and motor skills
- Makes you more sensitive to pain
- Affects your memory
- People who exercise (especially athletes), the elderly and those with health conditions are more prone to becoming dehydrated.
- Water has the ability to dissolve many substances, which increases their availability within the body. This enhances cellular access to valuable nutrients, minerals, and other natural compounds for biological processes.
- You may be chronically dehydrated, but are unaware of the symptoms. Thirst is a poor indicator for this condition. Usually, by the time you are thirsty, you are dehydrated. Chronic dehydration can be characterized by urinary tract infections, constipation, heartburn, weight gain, and premature aging.
Many benefits of water are that it:
- Increases brain function
- Boosts energy
- Flushes toxins from your body
- Helps promote a healthy complexion
- Reduces the risk of bladder cancer
- Improves your mood
- Decreases hunger
- Supports proper digestion
- Prevents constipation and supports healthy bowel movements
- Supports immune system health
- Regulates body temperature
- Supports a healthy heart by maintaining “blood and plasma viscosity and fibrinogen distribution
Perhaps you may not be used to drinking enough water. If you’re not a big water drinker maybe it’s because you don’t like the taste. Perhaps your water tastes bad because of chemicals in it. I drink reverse osmosis processed water and it tastes wonderfully clean and refreshing. This makes me want to drink more. I encourage everyone to drink reverse osmosis processed water. You will love it. A home unit can be purchased and installed.
Think of creative ways to increase your water intake. Try making delicious flavored waters like the ones I made that are in the picture. The first one has the juice of 2 limes, a few sprigs of mint and a couple of slices of fresh ginger. I sweetened it with stevia and monk fruit. The next one has fresh blueberries, the juice of 2 lemons and fresh strawberries. It is berry delicious!
You make a variety of flavored waters to increase your water intake. Try to avoid the sugary drinks that will wreak havoc on your blood sugar.
To your health,
Dr. Paulette Sedlak