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Fruit flavored water ideas and how much water is healthy

It has been hot and very hot recently, we had a heat warning in place and I believe we are all aware how important it is to keep ourselves hydrated. People use all kinds of liquids to quench their thirst. However, using soft drinks, beer, milk shakes, especially the very sweet ones, will make us thirstier than we were.

Water is the most essential substance of the body, and therefore, it needs to remain within a healthy range in order to keep our body functioning properly. Our body has many signals, we just have to listen to these signals and replace the lost amount of water when we feel thirsty. However, that will depend, as well. Diabetics will feel thirsty always when the blood sugar is too high, that is a body signal to alarm that glucose rates are running high.

Moderate use of water is good for everybody, but the type of water is definitely a very private choice. People tend to follow all kinds of misleading advices; there are many very wrong ones on the internet, as well. Briefly saying, one has to know his own condition and use any substance responsibly, whether that is sugar, salt, water, juice or alcoholic beverages.

I would think that people who already have too much weight are staying away from sweetened drinks and especially in hot weather because their body already functions in a stress mode. We have to pay attention to heart palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, headache and similar symptoms; therefore carrying a bottle of water with us is a good idea for anybody, but especially for people with some disorders. Water has a very simple chemical composition and therefore is absorbed fast: the first portion already after 5 minutes, the main part within 15 minutes, but a complete absorption is achieved after approximately 1.5 hours. Our body uses pure water, and that explains why normal amounts of it decrease the feeling of thirst. However, we should always use water in moderate amounts. Our kidneys can only process a certain amount of fluids and water within an hour, when we are exceeding about half a liter in hour we are asking for trouble.

Testing brain response to drinking water, scientists found that our brain has a positive response and creates feeling of satisfaction only during the moment when we are quenching our thirst. Pressuring oneself to use more water than advisable (woman a bit over 2.5 liters and men about 3.5 liters during 24 hour period in conditions when activity level and sweat production is fairly high) makes no sense (I am not referring to people who do sports). Our kidneys will have to work in extreme stress conditions and when the amount noticeably exceeds the amount our kidneys are able to process we will experience a situation when the electrolyte (salt and mineral) content in the blood is severely diluted, resulting in extremely low sodium levels in the blood. This condition is called hyponatremia. The outcome can be fatal. One should never ever participate in any drinking competitions, even when it is something as innocent as water. If this person stays alive, kidney failure is inevitable.

Many conditions including congestive heart failure, liver and kidney failure, pneumonia and drinking abnormal amounts of water in a short period of time are commonly associated with a low sodium concentration in the blood. Therefore, be aware of how much of water is healthy for your personal health condition. Too much is never good, as we know keeping everything in balance never harms.

Will people who prefer just soft drinks fall in love with water? You could certainly try serving them as fruit water and slightly fruit flavored water. Kids especially love the multicolored fruit slices in their cups and glasses. It looks festive and attractive. I personally never use any sweeteners with fruit water or similar water based drinks. Citrus fruit adds so much freshness and flavor to these simple drinks that it is impossible not to try some. We can use different ice: freeze tea or diluted juice, place a mint leaf before pouring in water for freezing. I have taken very many pictures, I will continue with one more post how we can teach children to love water and how such a great habit makes our life easy.

Amazing water water with fruits

I prepared ice, mineral water and water and sliced some orange, lemons, limes and cucumber. I have mint and lemon balm in my backyard, so I got some leaves, as well.

Refreshing water

Such water looks great and is delicious and refreshing

There are always things one can add to enjoy such a simple natural drink

How to make water with fruit

Pleasure to look at, pleasure to try

Water with lemon, orange and lime

Lots of freshness

Amazing water millions of variations

I combined cucumber slices with lime, also adding a small bit of lime juice and some mint and lemon balm leaves here and there. There was no sweetness, but this water was extremely refreshing. The newest research tells us cucumber flavor alone is calming and makes us feeling more pleasant.

How to make delicious natural fruit water

Lemons, limes and oranges are simply fresh; I think this is always the brain reaction towards citrus flavors.

There are millions of options and combinations, and all of them are good!

Next post about mineral water and water for kids

Why wonder-diets don’t work?

The reality of today is as follows: we have forgotten why we have to eat, instead we are getting obsessed with what, when, how, how much, where to eat. There are many millions of diets and food recommendations, no surprise we get easily lost.

Healthy diet

Why don’t the wonder diets work and why aren’t we all physically and mentally fit and living very long, peaceful, enjoyable life? Based on so much research and findings, it’s about time we should be getting to the point that every single person who follows all countless suggestions about what to eat and what to avoid should be getting extremely healthy and free of diseases and health related problems. In fact, the health situation is becoming worse and worse and we never thought cancer would be present in newborns, yet it is, and in multiple hard to cure forms and very rare forms.

It is very logical to conclude, that something does not add up and something must be profoundly wrong.

fresh vegetables

The first reason why many diets don’t work is that they may be suited to the person/persons who tried them, and they are completely useless or even harmful for you, me or whoever else. How so? Just like our DNA is absolutely unique, everything else about particular person is absolutely unique. While all humans have lots of similarities, they also have plenty of distinctions. Our DNA is much older than our personal age or the age of our closest relatives. It has the knowledge of things we might have no clue about.

Therefore, the main principle in choosing our food should be to use such products which suit the health condition, age, life style and activity level, any existing physical or mental problems and is as natural as possible and is also easy enough to find, get and prepare. That’s theoretically, but practically we should follow more our own feelings, listen to our body, make conclusions and correct our previous mistakes. That means, not everything which is good for some celebrity is good for you or me, that also means that not everybody should or can be a vegetarian, vegan or use any other restrictive food choices, unless clinically indicated. Clinically indicated is: tests are done, and the condition has been confirmed. That means not to base the exclusion of some important food and nutrients just because some other people think they feel better using that type of diet.

Balance and moderation is what nature teaches us. Balance in everything, because it is so easy to overdo with good things and even excellent things.

Healthy habits

The second principle which applies to food, and especially nowadays: we should always choose everything in its most natural form: plants as plants, vegetables as vegetables, grains as grains, etc. The less unchanged something is, the better. What do the grocery stores offer? Those are for the most part already processed foods, packed foods, products with something added, something taken off. Lots of as if improved products: with different flavors, in different colors. There are obviously vegetables and fruits, but I would like to ask: how much of nutrients are you getting when buying your vegetables and fruit at the closest supermarket? Place like Wal-Mart? They’re always busy. The answer is: very little. These vegetables will even look good, they might have some flavour and attractive fragrance, but if they have traveled for thousands of kilometers and then have spent quite a time in storage and sorting departments, it is very unlikely they will have the same amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as the small while ago picked ones.

The most over-used descriptors for food are: fresh, natural and organic.

Organic vegetables

By a short definition natural is present in or produced by nature, and it could no way contain additives, chemicals, sweeteners, flavorants, taste enhancing substances, added vitamins or any substances which were not present in this product when found in a natural environment. Organic food in the context of regulations is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. These standards greatly vary, there are very distinctive approaches for labelling handling and other procedures as organic. Therefore, organic might cost a lot more, but it does not necessarily mean it is free of pesticides, chemicals or other harmful substances. Basically, organic food would be food which is grown and processed in accordance with standards in that particular country or region and the company putting it out on the market has the certificate.

Vegetables from the garden

What do we choose? Whether organic or not: the freshest and the least processed. I suppose, if we could, we would grow every single product in our backyard. The quality of some stuff is so low in Canada, that I have been seriously thinking about baking my own bread.

Nutrition and fresh vegetables

The attached pictures are from the local farmer’s market. Well, it is a better choice than supermarket, but there is no guarantee you are getting all nutrients you think you are. I will continue in some other post.

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