One of the easiest ways too maintain good health is to drink water. We can go days without food, but only a fraction of that time without water. Water is essential to good health and helps the body in many ways:
- Improves digestion
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Detoxifies the body
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves constipation
- Boosts energy
- Cushions vital organs
- Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
It’s essential we drink 8 glasses a day, but some of us have a hard time with that because we prefer to drink something with flavor. So, I say compromise: instead of drinking products full of sugar and empty calories, try adding one of these powerhouses to your water:
Cinnamon. Cinnamon gives relief from arthritis, lowers blood sugars as well as bad cholesterol, helps with digestion and even offers relief from headaches.
Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar reduces cholesterol, improves digestion, is great for detoxification, helps control blood sugar and aids in diabetes.
Fennel. Fennel helps treat anemia, eliminates bad breath, protects against cancer, lowers LDL cholesterol, and regulates blood pressure.
Mint leaves. Mint leaves treat nausea and headache, relief from cough and respiratory problems, can prevent cancer, helps with shingles pain and herpes simplex type 1, and can help with allergies and hay fever.
Sage. Sage protects against bacterial infections, improves the health of the digestive system, slows down symptoms of aging, and can reduce inflammation of the skin, stomach, and intestines.
Lemon. Another great ingredient you can add to your water is lemon. It’s a great source of electrolytes, breaks down calcium deposits in arteries, reduces inflammation, helps maintain blood pressure, aids digestion and breaks down pancreatic and kidney stones
Here is some additional info on spices and their amazing benefits. Try adding these to your diet as well:
This is just a small sample of the benefits these nutritional powerhouses provide as there are many more. Instead of drinking a soda, try adding one of these to your water. Try each for a week or two and see which one you like best. Your body will thank you!
Get more tips in my books The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness, and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals. Both available in paperback, kindle and audible formats.