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Spa Water…reFRESH yourself

The simple secret to a healthy diet is water.

Our body is made up of 75 to 80% water when we are babies.  As we get older, this percentage decreases to anywhere from 50-65% depending on if you are a man or a woman.  Our brains are 85% water and our bones are 10-15% water.  I guess you get the picture– WATER IS ESSENTIAL TO LIFE!

With all the conflicting information out there on nutrition and weight loss, it makes it easy to not follow any of it.  “I don’t know what to believe anymore!” is another way to justify doing nothing to improve your diet.  Do these “experts” agree on anything?   The answer is YES!

Hydration for exercise, weight loss, your skin, and your overall health tends to hold a high level of importance no matter who’s chiming in.

If I could only give ONE piece of advice on diet, it would be this:  Eat a water rich diet.  This sums up a healthy diet.

A water rich meal plan, with both fluids and solids, will reduce sodium buildup, help maintain muscle tone, eliminate toxins and reduces fat deposits.  Let’s talk about fat for a moment.  When your kidneys don’t get enough water, your liver becomes overloaded.  The liver is the organ that metabolizes the fat and if it’s doing the kidney’s job, it can’t do what it’s supposed to.  Older folks tend to reduce their water intake which I think greatly contributes to the physical signs of aging.  The more active we are as we age, the more we tend to drink, and the more hydrated our skin.  Doctors should consider writing prescriptions for water- ha!

Get sodas out of our homes and schools…period.  Serve WATER.  Try flavored water or carbonated water for variety.

Stop buying juice.  Serve WATER.  Serve WHOLE FRUIT.  Babies and toddlers don’t need juice. Elementary students don’t need juice boxes.  Juice is sugar with little or no fiber.  It is the worst thing you can give a picky eater!  Not only can you promote tooth decay in little ones, but you will have a much harder time getting kids to like vegetables when their palates are trained with sweet fruit juices.

Look at your plate and if it’s water rich, you’re on track.  Salads, vegetables, soups and fruits are all water rich.  Dense starches and heavy proteins can be part of the meal but not dominant.  The recipes I share in my we eat category are almost always served with a large salad.

On the rare occasion I have visited a spa on vacation or when I walked through many hotel lobbies, I appreciated the way they served regular water.  It looks pretty when you see citrus slices floating around glossy ice cubes!  It excites your senses!  Not only do you taste with your eyes but you can smell the fruit as well.

Whenever I drink Spa Water at home, it transports me immediately to a warm place on VACATION:-).

You can try any fruit you like and combine them for different flavors.  The more slices you add, the more flavor.  Start with only a couple of slices until you can determine the level of flavor you prefer. Use a clear pitcher and a clear glass to ignite your senses.

Next time you entertain, serve Spa Water instead of punch or soda.  It’s cheap and adds decoration to any table.

Why not bring a little sunshine in?  Cheers!

"What I want is to be stronger than yesterday."

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