Hydration and Beyond: An Ode to Water and 3 New Trends in Liquid Health Benefits

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We’ve all been admonished to drink more water. Perhaps you’ve seen the Water Challenge on social media, and witnessed photos that suggest better skin and more energy.

Water will always reign supreme for hydration. I use a filtering pitcher from Shaklee at home for our drinking water. Brita is another popular brand.

Experts say we all need at least 64 ounces per day. Dehydration is no fun and can leave you feeling head-achey and tired. I try to drink a full glass of cold water every morning for a jumpstart. And we always have a water glass at the bedside in case one of us wakes up in the middle of the night feeling parched. I used to hear ”Mom, bring me a drink of water!” in the middle of the night. Now I’m always prepared!

But sometimes, water gets a little…. Boring.

Some people swear by a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon as part of their morning ritual. They say that lemon stimulates bile flow and is good for our livers.

I love infused waters. One of my favorites: orange and cucumber slices steeped in the pitcher. You can by special pitchers that keep the fruit separate or floating them in your regular water pitcher works just fine. Other ideas: strawberries and basil, lemon and ginger.

Check out HINT brand bottled water for no-calories and subtle flavor. I got a case of Watermelon flavor last summer. Yum.

And if you’re thinking of trendy ways to add more a nutritional punch to your diet, check out these liquid options:

1. Green Juice. You can buy pre-made green juice from brands like Bolthouse and Naked, but they tend to have a lot of fruit juice making them sweet to taste. I like to make my own. You can use a blender like a Ninja or Vitamix to have the benefit of the fiber from pulp, or a juicer which removes most of the pulp. I have a masticating juicer from Hurom which “chews up” the veggies and fruit and leaves some of the pulp in. There are thousands of recipes, and I usually use what is in my fridge. My favorite is a concoction of two cucumbers, a couple handfuls of kale or spinach, one apple, a ½ inch chunk of fresh ginger and a lemon. The key is to have a lot more veggies than fruit, otherwise it’s really dessert. The health benefits are vitamins and phytonutrients.

2. Bone Broth. Basically bone broth is rich stock used as a beverage. I think they added “bone” to make it sound cooler than just drinking broth! You will never throw your turkey bones away after Thanksgiving again. You can buy beef soup bones at the grocery store. I got some grass-fed organic beef bones from Edd Goerger of Wyndmere and Lynn Brakke Farms has them too. Recipes abound on the web, and usually include a little vinegar to help release collagen from the bones, as well as some herbs, spices and vegetables like carrots and celery for flavor. Simmer for 8 to 10 hours then pour through the colander to remove the solids. Enjoy it fresh for the next 3 days in the fridge or freeze to use over the next few months. The health benefits are protein, collagen and minerals. And it really feels like comfort food on a cold winter day, and comfort has intrinsic health benefits too!

3. Bulletproof Coffee. I’ve interviewed Dave Asprey, the biohacking Bulletproof Executive for this column before. He has a special take on coffee, suggesting that his special processing method removes the mold toxins often found in the beans, making Bulletproof coffee a health drink. I’d never been a coffee drinker in the past because it caused my stomach to do flip turns, but I have no GI distress with this coffee. I drink it in the morning with chocolate stevia sweetener, a teaspoon of butter or coconut oil blended in. I sometimes add protein powder to make it a real breakfast. It makes an amazing mocha latte. Perhaps it’s because it tastes like melted coffee ice cream that my stomach likes it so much. I’ll be trying it with another brand of coffee soon to compare. The health benefits are improved energy and focus.

Make water your base for hydration, but have fun checking out some other health trends as well.

Cheers!

~ Dr Sue

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