Detox, Lose Weight, and Live Healthier
Water is very important to living healthy because it is 80 percent of our body, aides in the digestion of food, and illumination of waste. Water is said to distribute nutrients to the cells in your body, while adding lubrication to your joints and tissue. It transports fat out of your body and helps to deliver the nutrients from the foods we eat.
A common practice for people trying to lose weight is drinking two 8 ounce glasses of water before meals therefore filling the stomach and leaving less room for food. Thus, water acts as natural appetite suppressant, and this can start even earlier than that. For instance, each morning when you wake up, drink 8 ounces of water, this will refresh your body from the inside out and while suppressing the urge to eat that sugary breakfast pastry. Just imagine how much healthier you will free each day after drinking water first thing in the morning as it helps to keep your body free of excess toxins.
There are different theories on what type of water works best for the body. I’ve always heard that cold water is not as easily digested as water that of a slightly higher temperature. Therefore, I have always felt a little guilty for loving my water at almost freezing temperature instead of allegedly proper room temperature fluids; however, new studies are showing that the labor of digesting cold water actually burns calories. For every 16oz of water your body digest, it is said to burn 17 calories.
Furthermore, there is a new surge in the popularity of Alkaline water, also called detox water by a myriad of blogs and sites on the internet. Some might think that detox water is a crazy fad, just a bunch of girls walking around with cucumbers in their waters, but it actually has some very proven health benefits. It has anti-aging properties, detoxifying effects, immune support, and aides in the protection of free radicals. The cucumbers serve to speed up hydration, and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Alkaline water is a very delicious way to enjoy your water. You can create this water by simply adding cucumbers to your water or you can add a medley. Here is a simple recipe for yet another Alkaline water that might help you on your way to a much healthier relationship with water and your body.
Lemon, Cucumber, and Mint
-1-2 liters’ of water, depending on how strong you want it to taste
-Part of 1 cucumber
-1 lemon or lime
-A handful of fresh mint leaves (approximately 10-13)
1. Cut 1 lime into wedges.
2. Add a handful of fresh mint leaves
3. Add cucumber then toss together
4. Pour in 2 liters of water, filling your pitcher or individual jars to the top.
5. Let this sit overnight in the fridge and while ingredients infuse the water.
6. When you want to drink it, put in a generous helping of ice cubes, pour, and enjoy daily.
A modified recipe from everydayroots.com
Health Properties of These Ingredients
There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances--notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene--that promote immunity and fight infection. By Beliefnet
Be careful with the consumption of lemons as they are acidic and will cause acid to build up in the stomach. Also, as it they are acidic, be sure not to brush your teeth until about 30 minutes after drinking or eating lemons as you might be brushing away the enamel of your teeth.
It's highly likely that cucumber phytonutrients play a key role in providing these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, supporting health alongside of the conventional antioxidant nutrients—including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese—of which cucumbers are an important source. By whfoods.org
A recent study explored the effects that mint has on alertness, retention, and cognitive function. It found that people who frequently use chewing gum, whose major active ingredient is mint, had higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who did not.
Mint is a stimulant, as we’ve already mentioned, but it also stimulates the digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from food and consume fat and turn it into usable energy. Therefore, by adding mint to your diet, you are increasing the amount of fat that is being consumed and put to use, rather than being stored and contributing to your weight gain. By organicfacts.net