Author: Jess Ainscough
Subject: How To Pimp Your Water
When I was working one-on-one with health coaching clients, one of the first questions I would ask is, “How much water are you drinking?” Take a look under the hood of any health issue, and lack of water is usually one of the major causes. Therefore, hydrating your body plays a huge role in healing.
The general rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water a day. I’m not sure if that’s accurate or not, but my advice is to be conscious about it and drink as much as you personally feel to.
Drinking plain (purified – we must get the fluoride out) water on its own is amazing, but there are also a few things you can do to spiff up your water supply and add to its healing qualities. Here are some of my favourites (and none of them include those horrible, sugary store-bought vitamin waters).
Lemon: Lemon juice in water is so great for liver detoxification. I like to start each day with lemon juice in warm water (not hot – boiling hot water will kill the vitamin C) to gently wake my body up and flush out my liver.
Apple Cider Vinegar: One of ACV’s greatest attributes is its ability to aid digestion. Drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water (or warm water) half an hour before eating.
Essential Oils: Not just for burning and diffusing, some therapeutic, food grade essential oils can also be ingested. I love drinking a drop of peppermint oil in hot water as a yummy, digestive tea. Oregano oil is another of my favourites, for it’s antifungal and antibacterial properties. DoTERRA and Young Living are great brands.
Cucumber: Up the hydrating quality of your water by adding a few slices of cucumber.
Lemon, Ginger + Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory and great for the immune system. Beware though – turmeric will turn your lips orange, so don’t drink straight before heading out the door.
Spirulina: Forget sugary, commercial sports drinks and just mix a little spirulina in with water or coconut water. I use coconut water because it tastes better and because coconut water is full of natural electrolytes. The Hawaiian Pacifica brand is my favourite. If you still don’t like the taste (trust me, it gets better the more you have it) blend up a banana to add a little sweetness.
Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is kind of the blood of a plant, and it’s very similar in molecular structure to human blood. Therefore, consuming chlorophyll enhances the quality of our red blood cells. You can obtain chlorophyll from eating leafy greens (it’s actually what gives greens their green pigment) or you can add liquid chlorophyll to your water.