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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Water - its what your body is thirsty for!

Today I wanted to do something that seemed special. I have been meaning to get to the "Spa" for some time now and so I thought today would be as good a time as any to make up some refreshing water. You do not have to tell me how dull water can be. I try to get my intake just like everyone else I know. So today to make it more appealing I decided to infuse my water with cucumbers. I peeled a cucumber and then sliced it and tossed it in and filled up the pitcher. Pretty easy.

Now why do I call this Spa water. Well when I see my wonderful esthetician, Alycia Tischler she always has a lovely pitcher with cucumbers. Sometimes next to the glass of water sits a packet of Emergen-C (get some free samples) if it is cold and flu season. It sets the tone. The Spa is about health and revitalization of the skin. Her water isn't plain tap water. Its got a little something something. If I had had strawberries, lemons, oranges or other tasty fruits I would have tossed those in, but I had a cucumber and I am pretty chill and if I can deal with what I got I do.

Another fantastic choice is putting a bit of high-grade essential oil into your drink. You MUST be extremely careful that you know that the source of your essential oil is 100 % pure plant & therapeutic grade before you would ever put it into your beverage I use Young Living products not just something from the co-op (and I love my co-op)! I use the peppermint oil in my water for the gym because it aids in digestion and peppermint helps with concentration & focus. When I feel like I need a bit of a detox I use lemon oil in the am. I have ordered some tangerine because that is also very refreshing and mixes things up. These oils are great for taking on a plane when you are stuck with that airplane air. It infuses something special into the water you are taking in. One drop goes a long way. These oils have many uses and they aren't cheap so I consider it an investment in my medicine cabinet when I purchase one of them. Regardless, you do not need fancy oils in your water, just toss in some fruit or herbs like basil or mint. Make it fun. Make sure you like the way it tastes otherwise you won't want to drink it.

How much water should you be drinking? Well it depends on how much you weigh. Take your weight and divide it by 2 and then you will have the number of ounces you need to take in on a daily basis. So if you weight 200 lbs divide it by 2 and you would need to drink 100 ounces of water a day. This does not include your coffee, sodas, or tea.

Water is so good for the body. In a book by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. called "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" he says that many of our health problems stem from the fact that we are all dehydrated. He says you should not treat thirst with medications. "You are not sick, you are Thirsty!" Check his book out. While you do that I am going to go finish the rest of my water...its calling my name.


Heather Alt said...

I have never heard of putting essential oil in your drinking water. Think I may have to try that!

MulberryMary said...

Heather -

Please let me know if you try the oils! I would love to know if you enjoy it. But, as I said in the post make sure they are good quality essential oils you use. I can send you information if you need it.

MulberryMary said...

So I received an email about how great cucumbers are (they thought of me because of this post) and I figured I would share it with ya'll. Here is goes:

The Amazing Cucumber

> This information was in The Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of Q20 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!