Healthy Hydration

4 ways to spice up your relationship with water

Water is vital for every single system in our body, it cleanses our blood, liver, digestive tract, transports nutrients around the body, regulates our body temperature, and helps us look radiant by keeping our skin clear and hydrated. But sometimes plain ol’ water can get a little boring. So what are some ways to spice up your relationship with water? Read Below

Flavour Your Water
No, we aren’t talking about buying flavoured water from your local supermarket, it’s super simple (and much healthier) to make your own. Flavouring water with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices make your water even more medicinal by providing your body with liquid nutrients.

We love putting berries, cucumber and fresh mint in our water! Try out some combinations and let us know what sexy flavours you come up with.
Another way you can flavour your water and boost your antioxidant content is by adding Green Tea In 3 to your water bottle. This is a fantastic product which you can carry around in your bag, it will give you a healthy burst of energy, assist with liver detoxification, and will supply your body with a load of antioxidants.

FYI: We are in no way affiliated with this product or subsidised for promoting this product, we just know a good one when we see one!

Kombucha
What says sexy like a strange alien growing and feeding on tea and sugar? Okay, so maybe it’s not that sexy but it sure is delicious, healthy and helps to increase your water intake. Kombucha, a nutritionist’s favourite word, is an ancient remedy which is believed to have originated in China 2,000 years ago, is a health elixir which has many benefits which we will get to soon. But first, what is Kombucha?

Kombucha is made from a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), also known as “the mother” which is a colony of bacteria which resemble a gooey mushroom. When put into brewed tea with sugar, the SCOBY feeds and ferments the tea while growing a new baby SCOBY. The fermentation is what makes Kombucha fantastic for digestive health and immune health. Kombucha has also been believed to assist in the management of cancer and AIDS.

This wonder drink can also be flavoured in any way you desire using different fruits and spices – my personal favourite is lemon and ginger! Kombucha is now becoming extremely popular in the western world with it being easily accessible in health stores and even cafes, however, there’s nothing more rewarding that watching your own SCOBY have a baby!

Bone Broth
We love our bone broth here at Progressive Health. The nutrition bone broths supply your body with is out of this world. Bone broths made from healthy, happy, and preferably organic animals supply your body with essential fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation and contains glucosamine to assist with joint health. The gelatine released from the bones helps to soothe and repair the gut lining making it ideal for anyone with symptoms of leaky gut or IBS. The mineral content released from the bones include calcium, magnesium and phosphorus making them fantastic for strengthening our bones and teeth. Bone broth is most nutritious when simmered on very low heat for 6-24 hours. This allows nutrients to leach from the bones without being destroyed by high heat. Have a cup of bone broth daily to boost your nutrition and hydration!

Herbal Tea
Herbal teas help to nourish the body and invigorate different body systems while helping us hydrate. Here are a few nutritive teas that you can enjoy to boost your water intake.

Peppermint Tea: A favourite for many, peppermint tea is great for healing the digestive system and helps to reduce symptoms of bloating and indigestion, has anti-fungal properties, reduces inflammation and has a cooling effect on the body.

Dandelion Root Tea: Dandelion Root helps to cleanse the liver and also aids digestion. Dandelion root is a great alternative to coffee.

Lemon Balm Tea: Lemon Balm helps relax the body and the digestive system so it’s great for people who experience digestive upsets due to stress or anxiety. It can also help to reduce flatulence, cramps and nausea.

We still recommend that at least 1l of clear, clean water is consumed every day and then the rest can be topped up using the suggestions above. We would love to hear how you shake up your water. Leave your tips in the comments below!

 

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