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The Elixir of Life, Part 2

Last week we talked about getting enough fluid, especially water. This week let’s have a few suggestions for variety and taste.

We aren’t considering fluids with calories or artificial sweeteners added this week, so let’s talk about what else we can do.

We can add any fruit to cold water, refrigerate it, let the flavor fill the water. And no, you don’t put twelve oranges in, then eat the fruit at the end of the bottle without counting it!!   But lemon, lime, apple, peach, mango, and cherries give water a really good flavor. You can also use a bit of vanilla, maple, or almond sugar free flavors, cinnamon or other seasonings, or unsweetened seltzer.

How about herbal tea?  Fill a two-quart pitcher with water and add 8 tea bags. Refrigerate this for two hours or more. Celestial Seasonings has good flavors; my favorite is Black Cherry Berry. And Tazo has good ones; I especially love their Chai; it comes in regular and decaf.

Many companies sell seltzer in bottles and cans with flavors and no added sweetener. Read the labels to be sure that other sweeteners and chemicals have not been added. Experiment and enjoy!

Of course, you can use regular or decaf teas if they please you. Hot or cold. And try some of the Chinese and Korean varieties, just for a change of pace.

Set up your fluid intake to match your daily schedule, so you can be consistent with your intake. Plan for fluid wherever you go in the day; take your water with you if you are running errands, pour a cup of tea when you are talking to a sponsor or friend.  Enjoy a variety of flavors.

Excess sodium and oversalted foods may cause water retention in your body, and even swelling of feet and ankles, legs, and hands. Getting rid of this requires more water to wash the sodium out of the body. Or choose lower sodium foods.

When the body gets too little water, it perceives this as a threat to its survival. It will try to hold on to every drop. So, you may feel swollen when you are actually dehydrated! The best way to solve this difficulty is – drink more water!

If you are overweight, your metabolic loads are greater, and you need more water than a thin person. This will help your energy, your metabolism, and your weight loss. Water is a key to fat metabolism; be sure to get enough.

Please limit your use of artificially sweetened beverages to two or less per day. Of the artificial sweeteners, all of them have questions about their safety. And many are stabilized with added sugars for volume and taste. Check the labels for added sugar!! Keep your intake of these as low as you can; limit yourself to two sodas or six packets a day. Next week, we will talk more about the specific artificial sweeteners, their uses, and their risks.

 

Blessings to you,

Theresa

2 Responses to The Elixir of Life, Part 2

  1. Nicole Paquet April 19, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me to drink more. As of now I have about 24 ounces of water per day. I have heart failure however. I cannot drink too much. I eliminate well on the other hand.

    • H. Theresa Wright April 19, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks for writing. This means you need a careful balance. Check with your MD or PA to make sure you have the right amount. And be sure to take care of your self in all the other ways, too.

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