Just another thing that I learned from Pinterest… H2O infusing. Not that I hadn’t see or thought of it before, but there’s something about the visual…of seeing bottle after bottle of juicy fruits suspended in sparkling clear water that suddenly makes my body thirsty.
We all know we need plenty of water. Having a tall glass of water (infused or not) right after you wake up is one of the best health moves you can do. Hold off on that coffee, muffin or whatever else needs a large dose of energy to digest until your body is adequately hydrated and prepared. The recommendation is 45 minutes to an hour.
For anyone wishing to shed a few pounds (beach season is just around the corner), drinking this tasty infused water will also satiate a bit of the ol’ appetite so you won’t overeat at breakfast. If you drink more throughout the day (which you’ll be more apt at doing now) you’ll find that you’ll feel full sooner, and you might have a some take-out or extra lunch to take home!
Juicing can be expensive, but a cucumber and lemon infusion will cost a little over a buck and last you the entire week.
Berry Madness – Strawberry halves, blueberries & rasberries
Cucumber Tonic – Cucumber, lemon/lime, rosemary
Immunity Bomb – Strawberry halves, kiwi slices
Vitamin C+Plus – Orange slices, Mango chunks & mint
HEALTH BENEFITS (via Dr. Weil)
Cucumber – Cucumbers are very low in calories and do provide some vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese plus a number of flavonoid antioxidants.
Mixed Berries – All are anti-inflammatory, a good source of fiber, rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, and offer immune-boosting antioxidant activity.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer). Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold; help delay or prevent cataracts; and support healthy immune function.
Rosemary – Rosemary contains compounds that have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh rosemary is a good source of iron, while dried rosemary is a good source of calcium and fiber. Historically, rosemary was used to stimulate and strengthen the memory.
Mint – Menthol, the active ingredient in mint that gives it its characteristic flavor, is more concentrated in peppermint (Mentha piperata) than in spearmint (Menthe spicata), and is considered an aid in digestion and a stomach-calmer.
Stay Healthy & Hydrated my friends!
Michael Joyce, LMT#6096
*Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. – http://www.drweil.com/
Michael Joyce, LMT6096 is a MyoSkeletal Alignment Specialist, and teaches Tai Chi, Self-Defense and Classical Fencing in Winston-Salem, NC. He is also the founder of the martial blog The Combative Corner.
He is also hard at work on his second book – one on Women’s Self-Defense (based on his OutFoxxed Program)